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Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - August 21, 2012

Bipartisan Think Tank: Pension Cuts Won’t Solve Budget Mess

By Amanda Vinicky

Last week, Illinois lawmakers failed to overhaul the state's pension systems. According to the state's Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, reducing state employees’ retirement benefits will still leave Illinois in a fiscal mess.

Categories: Economics, Government, Politics



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 20, 2012

UC2B to Light Up Broadband Service to First Customers

By Jim Meadows

The first customers of Champaign-Urbana’s new community broadband network should be getting service this week. UC2B could begin providing high-speed internet service to homes and businesses in underserved areas of Champaign and Urbana as soon as Monday.


Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - August 20, 2012

Gov. Quinn to Start Grassroots Campaign on Pension Reform

By Tony Arnold

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to start a campaign to boost support for changes to state pension systems. Quinn has been in campaign mode for months, repeatedly bringing up to the media and legislators the importance of tackling the state’s massively underfunded pension system.

Categories: Economics, Government, Politics

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 20, 2012

UC2B Funding Raises Concerns About Open Access

By Jim Meadows

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Supporters of the UC2B Big Broadband project know they want a high capacity broadband network for the Champaign-Urbana area. However, there is concern that the way money for UC2B is being raised could hinder the project's long-term commitment to open access.


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