February 28, 2014

State Groups Want Tougher Coal Power Company Regulations

There are 90 aging coal ash pits in Illinois — piles of slag left behind when coal is burned for energy, most often electricity. Environmental groups are asking for tougher state regulations on coal-burning power companies now that coal ash residue is starting to show up in the water supply.


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters at the Pentagon on Monday. Hagel and President Obama will need to fight through a wall of resistance to their proposed defense budget cuts, say former members of a defense base closing commission.
Carolyn Kaster/AP
February 27, 2014

Pentagon Cuts Promise Political Pain

Cutting defense spending in Washington is about as popular as proposing Social Security cuts. In other words, not very.


February 27, 2014

Macon County May Issue Same-Sex Licenses Early

Macon County Clerk Steve Bean expects to make a decision early next week about whether to issue same-sex marriage licenses before Illinois' new gay marriage law starts June 1.


A home all but wiped away in Washington, Ill. during the November tornado.
(Lee Strubinger/IPR)
February 27, 2014

Illinois Politicians Challenge FEMA Formula

This week, Gov. Pat Quinn gave a keynote speech at a forum in Washington, D.C. on natural disasters. The governor says Illinois has suffered a record-number of incidents in recent years, and yet the state has come up short when it's sought help from the federal government. 


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