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Illinois considers new license requirements for big motorcycles

The goal: Reduce rider fatalitiesAfter graduating from Illinois’ motorcycle safety class, instructors say, some students rush out and buy a monster racing bike that can go 140 mph — and they can’t handle it. Full News here – Chicagoland – chicagotribune.com

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Illinois Tollway, Pace pin hopes on bus service

Park-and-ride lots, new routes intended to cut congestionThe Illinois Tollway and Pace have taken a major step toward bringing more express bus service to the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, and motorists’ tolls will help pay for it. Full News here – Chicagoland – chicagotribune.com

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New Illinois Taxi Industry PAC Flexes Muscle in Uber Battle

The new Illinois taxi industry PAC has opened its wallet. The Chicago-based Illinois Transportation Trade Association, a trade group representing the taxicab industry, formed its political action committee at the end of May with a planned annual budget of $ 1 million to help defend itself politically against the onslaught by rideshare companies, such as […]

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Seven Illinois Inventions You Don’t Want to Live Without

Illinois might not have the best business climate these days, but in the past, the state was a breeding ground for groundbreaking inventions and innovation. These inventions from the Land of Lincoln arguably changed the world, obviously some more than others. In fact, Abe himself is the only U.S. president to be issued a patent […]

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Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Used Doctored News Headlines In TV Ad

Bruce Rauner (R), an Illinois businessman and gubernatorial candidate, is being called out for running a television ad with some altered news headlines about incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn (D), according to the Chicago Tribune. In the ad, called “Headlines,” the Rauner campaign shortened and even changed headlines that it attributed to various news organizations. One […]

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Illinois Legalizes Medical Marijuana For Children With Seizures

July 20 (Reuters) – Illinois children and adults with epilepsy will soon be allowed to use marijuana to ease their symptoms under a law signed on Sunday by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, the latest in a series of measures loosening restrictions on cannabis by U.S. states. The move to add epilepsy and other seizure disorders […]

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Illinois law a boost to ex-offenders seeking jobs

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation requiring private employers in Illinois to first evaluate job applicants’ skills then ask about criminal histories. Full News here – WFLD – News

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Illinois Lawmaker Denies Making The Least Subtle Patronage Request Ever

Patronage requests are usually made quietly, perhaps in a smoke-filled back room, but one Illinois Republican appears to have brought sunlight to the process on Monday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. After a bill signing, Illinois state comptroller Judy Baar Topinka (R), mentioned to governor Pat Quinn that her son wanted to teach at Southern […]

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Plan a Fun Summer Getaway in Illinois to These 10 parks

ROAD TRIP! Looking to get the family out of the house and on the road? With gas prices climbing, you may want to stay a bit closer to home this summer — look no further than your own backyard. Check out these great Illinois parks.   1. Starved Rock State Park Location: Utica   2. Shawnee National Forest […]

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Microsoft To Buy Power From Illinois Wind Farm

CHICAGO (AP) – Microsoft Corp. says it has agreed to buy electricity from a new wind farm in Illinois for the next 20 years in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint. The company’s chief environmental strategist, Rob Bernard, made the announcement Tuesday. The 175-megawatt Pilot Hill Wind Project is being built on the Kankakee […]

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26 Illinois Lawmakers Opt Out of Their State Pension Plan

Is your state representative or senator paying into the pension system? Pension reform has been a hot topic in Illinois in recent years with the Illinois budget far from balanced and many saying the state’s pension funds are part of the problem because they are taking up more and more of the total budget. In […]

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Illinois attorney general suing over student loan debt scams

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed two lawsuits against debt-settlement firms that she claimed perpetrated “scams” against consumers. Full News here – Tribune News RSS Feed – News

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Illinois patients could start using medical marijuana in early 2015

There’s a medical marijuana law on the books in Illinois, but patients can’t use the drug here legally yet. That’s going to change soon. Full News here – Chicago Sun-Times

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New legislation gives adoptees more access to history and Illinois at the front of a cause

Advocates crowded into WGN Radio’s showcase studio this morning to watch Gov. Pat Quinn sign historic legislation that will make it easier for adoptees to find out more about their birth family and medical history.  Full News here – Tribune News RSS Feed – Clout Street

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Moody’s says court ruling is negative for Illinois pension reform

The Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling extending constitutional protection to public sector retiree health care is a negative credit factor for Illinois, Chicago and local governments seeking to alter pension benefits, Moody’s Investors Service said on Friday. Full News here – Tribune News RSS Feed – Clout Street

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