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Madigan’s Pension Plan To Get Another Try In Senate

Democratic leaders in the Illinois Legislature have decided to try again to pass a pension-reform plan from House Speaker Michael Madigan. Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton met Friday in Chicago with Gov. Pat Quinn. The governor wanted the leaders … Continue reading

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Quinn Asks Lawmakers To Form Committee On Pensions

Gov. Pat Quinn is asking legislative leaders to form a conference committee to forge a compromise on Illinois’ $97 billion pension crisis. Quinn is meeting Friday with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. He wants an agreement … Continue reading

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Republicans Propose Tuition Tax Breaks

With college tuition on the rise, Illinois House Republicans say they want to give working class families a break, and an incentive to go to a school in state. Rep. Adam Brown graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign … Continue reading

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Brauer Predicts Nothing Special In Special Session

What will the special legislative session next week accomplish? “Nothing,” says Rep. Rich Brauer (R-Petersburg).  Brauer was a guest on WUIS’ Illinois Edition Thursday.  He talks pensions, concealed carry, same sex marriage and the state budget: Play mp3

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Sang. Co. Authorities Search For Missing Man

The Sangamon Co. Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in solving a missing persons case. 57-year-old Timothy P. “Mo” Ryan of Springfield was last seen during the morning of June 3rd, in the area of the South 6th … Continue reading

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“Juneteenth” Celebration In Springfield This Weekend

For two decades Springfielders have celebrated Juneteenth. It’s a holiday commemorated in most states. It marks the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865, which came two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Locally, festivities include … Continue reading

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Remembering Jacksonville’s Civil War Hero

Gen. Benjamin Grierson won acclaim for his tactical raid that helped the Union forces take Vicksburg.  But before then, he was a music teacher in Jacksonville.  This weekend, the community’s annual event to honor Grierson takes place.   Plenty of free … Continue reading

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Madigan To Push Pension Re-Vote in House, Sans Cullerton Plan

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is planning a fresh vote on his own plan to reform public-employee pensions despite a request from the governor for compromise with the Senate. The Chicago Democrat filed legislation Wednesday identical to a bill the … Continue reading

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UIS Professor Talks Same Sex Marriage And The Courts

UIS Associate Professor Jason Pierceson is the author of “Same Sex Marriage in the U.S.:The Road to the Supreme Court.”  The book recounts how the issue has evolved as we await opinions on two key cases. Pierceson spoke with WUIS’ … Continue reading

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Cook Co. Sheriff Says Concealed Carry Bill “Fatally Flawed”

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says the concealed carry bill recently passed by the Illinois Legislature is “fatally flawed.” Dart says the measure’s permitting process wouldn’t stop some people from having guns who shouldn’t have them. Dart made the assertion … Continue reading

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Political Season Already Underway

Paul Green, Director of the Institute for Politics and Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies at Roosevelt University, joined WUIS’ Sean Crawford to talk about the potential for political musical chairs in Illinois. Green says William Daley might change his … Continue reading

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Interview: Springfield School Board Member, Scott McFarland

WUIS has brought you interviews with all the new Springfield school board members seated last month. Today we speak with Scott McFarland – he’s serving his second term on the board. McFarland recently saw the closures of multiple schools in … Continue reading

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Another Illinois Prosecutor OKs Concealed Carry

A second southern Illinois prosecutor is letting his county’s residents carry concealed weapons even as Gov. Pat Quinn weighs whether to allow it statewide. Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker announced he’ll allow the county’s citizens to carry guns in … Continue reading

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Could Be A Year Before Permanent Superintendent Replaces Milton

Springfield may go an entire school year without a permanent superintendent for public schools: Walter Milton left district 186 in March – a separation agreement worth over $175,000 saw him out. He’s been replaced by interim superintendent Bob Leming. The … Continue reading

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Illinois Lawmakers, Officials Call For More Federal Support For Transportation Projects

A trio of U.S. Representatives on the House’s Transportation committee were in Springfield Tuesday to talk with regional leaders about the future of funding state projects. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) said Illinois needs a consistent way to generate money for … Continue reading

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Daley Spokesman Says He’s Running For Governor

A spokesman for former White House chief of staff Bill Daley says the Chicago Democrat is “100 percent in” the 2014 race for Illinois governor. Daley announced Tuesday that he’s formed an exploratory committee to run against Gov. Pat Quinn, … Continue reading

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Lisa Madigan “Seriously Considering” Governor Bid

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she is still “very seriously considering” running for governor in 2014. Madigan spoke to reporters Tuesday, after former White House chief of staff Bill Daley announced he’ll challenge Gov. Pat Quinn in a Democratic … Continue reading

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Daley Moves Closer To Running For Governor

Former White House chief of Staff William Daley says he’s forming a committee to explore running for Illinois governor in 2014. The Chicago Democrat made the announcement in a video posted online Tuesday morning. In it, he says Illinois “can’t … Continue reading

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State Museum Lecture On Camp Nelson

Camp Nelson in Kentucky will be the topic of this month’s Illinois State Museum Science Series program.   Dr. Stephen McBride, who works at the civil war site, will discuss the importance of the camp where African American soldiers were trained.  … Continue reading

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Quinn Asks For Approval Of Both Rival Pension Plans

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is asking lawmakers to approve both rival plans on how to solve the state’s nearly $100 billion pension crisis. But it’s unclear if legislative leaders will agree. Quinn made the request Monday in a meeting in … Continue reading

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Interview: Springfield School Board Prez Chuck Flamini

The Springfield school board has four new members, they were seated last month. WUIS has brought you interviews with three of them, today we speak with the fourth – Chuck Flamini, who also is the new school board president. He … Continue reading

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My Farm Roots – Lessons From The Farm Crisis

My Farm Roots, a series from WUIS and Harvest Public Media, tells Americans’ stories and memories of rural life.  Because when you hail from farm country, roots run deep. Times are good on the farm right now, but that hasn’t … Continue reading

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American Cancer Society Seeks Illinoisans For New Cancer Study

The American Cancer Society says a new national study could be a “gamechanger” in fighting the disease. Springfield resident Lisa Hopper says she’s lost her father, an uncle, and one of her best friends to cancer. She says she signed … Continue reading

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Concealed Carry Permits And Gun Range Training

Illinois lawmakers have approved legislation to legalize and regulate the carrying of concealed handguns. Governor Pat Quinn’s office says he’s now “carefully reviewing” the measure. Advocates on both sides of the gun debate say a provision requiring hands-on training is … Continue reading

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Madigan To Attend Pension Meeting Monday

Gov. Pat Quinn says he has spoken with House Speaker Michael Madigan and they plan to sit down Monday to discuss how to fix Illinois’ $97 billion pension crisis. Quinn has been trying to meet with Madigan and Senate President … Continue reading

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More Of Lincoln’s Math Homework Discovered

Researchers at Illinois State University say they’ve authenticated two new pages to add to the math notebook believed to be the oldest surviving document written by Abraham Lincoln. Math professors Nerida Ellerton and Ken Clements on Friday said the two … Continue reading

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SOHO Showcases Local Music In Downtown Springfield This Weekend

SOHO is in its 9th year of highlighting local bands with a downtown street festival. The festival begins tonight (Fri. 6/7) and goes through Saturday. There will be food and alcoholic beverages on site as well as a kids area … Continue reading

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Gov. Quinn Calls Lawmakers Back To Springfield For Special Session

Lawmakers will be back in Springfield on June 19 after Gov. Pat Quinn announced a special session of the state legislature on Thursday. Chris Slaby reports on what insiders believe is needed to reach a deal. Brooke Anderson, Quinn’s spokesperson, said … Continue reading

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Agriculture Pushes For ‘Right To Farm’

Individual state constitutions across the nation spell out a host of guaranteed rights for their citizens. For example, same sex marriage or collective bargaining. But what about the right to farm?  From the WUIS Harvest Desk,  Bill Wheelhouse reports on … Continue reading

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Marshall Crenshaw + Bottle Rockets Play Springfield Friday

Michigan native Marshall Crenshaw hasn’t stopped playing music since he rose to fame in the 1980s. It’s been a career that spans just over 30 years – he’s also been an author, actor, radio host, and music producer. He played Buddy Holly … Continue reading

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Plan To Criminalize Videotaped Attacks Heads To Governor

Violent criminals in Illinois who post recordings of their crimes online could start spending more time in prison. A measure is on its way to the governor’s desk after lawmakers approved it. Representative Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, said the measure comes … Continue reading

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Republican Rauner To Run For Governor

Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner says he’s running for Illinois governor in 2014. In a video posted on his website, Rauner says Illinois is in a financial mess. He says the state needs a political outsider to fix things. Rauner … Continue reading

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Local Band ‘The Old Fashioneds’ Serve Up Roots Music

Country music seems to be a genre that’s either loved or hated. But even country-lovers don’t always agree on which type is the best. Country roots music is bit of an umbrella label, including honky-tonk, folk, and rockabilly. It’s gained … Continue reading

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Harold: “Didn’t Just Search” For Congressional Bid

A former Miss America says she has “no complaints” over the selection process last year that cost her a shot at Congress. This, after the Republican announced she will challenge last year’s G-O-P nominee, and eventual election winner, in a … Continue reading

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Illinois Receives Concealed Carry Deadline Extension

Illinois residents waiting for the right to carry a concealed weapon in public will likely to have to wait a bit longer. A federal court ruled last year Illinois had until June 9 to finalize a concealed carry plan. Lawmakers … Continue reading

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