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Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announces tax transparency tool

—Lt. Governor highlights need for increased government accountability, openness Online Staff Report CHICAGO – Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. When Illinoisans file their
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Dan Rutherford links Bruce Rauner to ‘politically motivated’ allegations

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford (R) is launching an investigation into allegations by an employee that he
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Sosnowski, other state leaders respond to Gov. Pat Quinn’s ‘State of the State’ address

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) missed key fiscal points in his Wednesday, Jan. 29, State of the
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Minimum- and low-wage workers react to Gov. Pat Quinn’s ‘State of the State’ speech

Online Staff Report Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) called on state lawmakers to raise the minimum wage in Illinois and spoke
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2013 home sales finish on high note with sales increasing 18.9 percent over 2012

Online Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois home sales increased 7.9 percent over previous-year levels in December and median prices increased
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CUB’s top 10 list of consumer victories for 2013

From CUB Winter 2013 newsletter Citizens Utility Board (CUB) fought for $300 million in savings for Illinois consumers in 2013 —
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Online fundraiser helps family with funeral costs for 4-year-old killed by family dogs

Online Staff Report An online fundraising campaign has been launched by the family of Kara Hartrich, the McClean County, Ill., girl
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More than 1,200 illegal immigrants receive Illinois driver’s licenses

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer More than 1,200 illegal immigrants living in Illinois were issued driver’s licenses last December, Secretary of
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Lt. Gov. Simon launches military study

Online Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon (D) has announced the launch of a comprehensive economic impact
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State Unclaimed Property and College Savings programs post gains in 2013

Online Staff Report CHICAGO — Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s (R) Unclaimed Property Division returned more than $139 million in assets
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Report: Capital One tops state credit card complaint list

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Capital One is the least-favorite credit card company among Illinois consumers, according to a report released Tuesday,
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Quinn continues push for minimum wage hike

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) plans to continue his push to raise Illinois’ minimum wage in his
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U of I recommends 1.7 percent tuition increase

Online Staff Report CHICAGO — For the second straight year, the University of Illinois has proposed a 1.7 percent tuition increase
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Gov. Pat Quinn to appeal FEMA’s denial of tornado aid

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) plans to appeal a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
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Agencies prepare for new Illinois medical marijuana law

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Illinois has now joined 19 other states as legislation adopted last year legalizing medical marijuana went into
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Annabel Melongo eavesdropping case back in court Jan. 14

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer The Annabel Melongo saga continues in the Illinois Supreme Court Tuesday, Jan. 14, marking the eighth year
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Agencies prepare as Illinois medical marijuana law takes effect

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Illinois has now joined 19 other states as legislation adopted last year legalizing medical marijuana went
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Winnebago County Circuit Court receives grant to help offenders avoid prison

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer The Winnebago County Circuit Court will receive a grant for more than $600,000 to help non-violent offenders
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Foreclosure assistance program deadline extended

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) signed legislation Dec. 26 that extends assistance for homeowners faced with losing
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Bill would crack down on ‘knockout game’

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer A member of the Illinois House of Representatives says it’s time to stiffen penalties for those convicted
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Key traffic safety laws to take effect Jan. 1

Staff Report Two important pieces of legislation initiated this year by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (D) will take effect
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Target admits PIN numbers were hacked during massive credit card breach

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Officials from Target said Friday, Dec. 27, debit-card PIN numbers were among the financial information stolen from
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Illinois bill aims to crack down on ‘knockout game’

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer A member of the Illinois House of Representatives says it’s time to stiffen penalties for those convicted
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Jefferson-backed laws assisting law enforcement take effect Jan. 1

Online Staff Report Two new laws supported by state Rep. Charles Jefferson, D-Rockford, designed to aid the work and training of
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City of Rockford fails Illinois Policy Institute online transparency audit

Online Staff Report With the constant advancements of the digital age, keeping citizens informed about their local and state government’s actions
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Target customers urged to take caution, report unauthorized charges following credit card breach

Online Staff Report CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) is warning consumers to be on the lookout for unauthorized
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Madigan: $2.1 billion settlement with sixth mortgage service over foreclosure abuses

Online Staff Report CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) joined with 49 attorneys general and the federal Consumer Financial
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Illinois home prices continue trend of strong annual gains in November, despite lower housing inventory statewide

Online Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois housing market saw November median prices rise 7.4 percent over previous-year levels while
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State Police complete ‘Section 20’ sexual assault evidence a year ahead of schedule

Online Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced Dec. 18 that forensic analysis of sexual assault cases
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Certified firearms instructors can now apply for their concealed carry licenses

Online Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois State Police have announced they will open the Firearm Concealed Carry Act application process
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Fracking hearings raise questions about IDNR’s allegiances

By Fair Economy Illinois EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Tuesday, Dec. 16, marked the halfway point as the clock ticks down to determining
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Lt. Gov. extends free legal consultations to northern Illinois domestic violence survivors

Online Staff Report CARBONDALE, Ill. — Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon (D) announced the expansion of her Virtual Legal Clinic to
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Attorneys general call on Congress to fund human trafficking efforts, aid victims

Online Staff Report CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) joined with her counterparts across the country Dec. 17 to
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Decision in Blagojevich motion for retrial not expected for weeks

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Attorneys for the imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ,on Friday, Dec. 13, appeared in court to
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Governor, Illinois EPA, Chicago Clean Cities Coalition designate nine new ‘Illinois Green Fleets’

Online Staff Report BROOKFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), in partnership with the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition,
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Concealed carry website unveiled in advance of application process

Online Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Police (ISP) launched a website Dec. 12 to provide the public with
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Springfield financial adviser arrested after allegedly defrauding senior of $65K

Online Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (D) announced that a Springfield, Ill., financial adviser was
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Despite unpopularity, Quinn could win another term

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Although a poll shows 60 percent of voters disapprove of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), it may
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Illinois pension reform bill heads to governor’s desk, unions vow lawsuit

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) declared victory Tuesday, Dec. 3, as lawmakers passed a long-awaited overhaul of
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Illinois pension crisis deal announced

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Illinois lawmakers have reached a deal to solve the state’s $100 billion pension problem, a spokesman for
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Trouble in Toyland report finds dangerous toys on store shelves

Online Staff Report Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to Illinois Public Interest Research
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President declares disaster for Illinois in wake of Nov. 17 storms

Online Staff Report WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that federal
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Gov. Pat Quinn could win new term in spite of poor rating

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Although a poll shows 60 percent of voters disapprove of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), it may
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State Police to focus on ‘Fatal Four’ during 24-hour enforcement operation Nov. 26-27

Online Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois State Police (ISP) have announced that ISP districts statewide are gearing up for the
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UPDATE: Man shot dead by IDNR officer on I-88 near Sterling

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer A  traffic stop on I-88 near Sterling, Ill., turned deadly Friday, Nov. 22, when the driver of
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Lt. Gov. Simon urges governor to sign rural emergency services legislation during Rockford visit

Online Staff Report Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon (D) urged Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) to sign legislation aimed at enabling
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AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile to stop billing for cell phone ‘cramming’ charges

Online Staff Report CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) joined with 44 other attorneys general Nov. 21 to announce
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Gov. Pat Quinn signs gay marriage bill into law

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Gov. Pat Quinn (D) made Illinois the 16th state to allow gay marriage Wednesday, Nov. 20, as
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Illinois home sales increase 3.7 percent, median prices rise 13.8 percent in October

Online Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois housing market saw October home sales increase 3.7 percent over previous-year levels and
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Movement to redraw legislative districts under way

By Audrey Carpenter Staff Writer A movement to redraw the legislative districts in Illinois is under way with a Chicago-based group that
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