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AP - Illinois Public Media News - February 21, 2013

Illinois Acquires 547 Acres of Park Land for $2.8M

By The Associated Press

Illinois officials have purchased 547 acres of wildlife land, including a huge tract in one of the nation's most popular places to hunt deer and the first portion of a new refuge northwest of Chicago.


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - February 20, 2013

Newcomer Stratton Challenges Prussing in Urbana Primary

By Jeff Bossert

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Laurel Prussing and Les Stratton.

As she seeks a third term, Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing touts her efforts to boost economic development. But opponent and political newcomer Les Stratton criticizes Prussing's plans as a misuse of taxpayer dollars.


Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - February 20, 2013

Democratic Lawmaker Proposes Making Income Tax Increase Permanent

By Chris Slaby, with additional reporting from The Associated Press

Lou Lang

A top Democrat in the Illinois House says the state's temporary income tax increase from 2011 should become permanent. The money would be used to help fix the state's underfunded pension systems.

Categories: Economics, Politics

AP - Illinois Public Media News - February 20, 2013

Pentagon Notifies Congress Of Likely Furloughs

By The Associated Press

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1 he may have to shorten the workweek for the "vast majority" of the Defense Department's 800,000 civilian workers.

Categories: Economics, Government, Politics

AP - Illinois Public Media News - February 20, 2013

Jesse Jackson Jr., Wife Plead Guilty

By The Associated Press

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 Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., holding back tears, entered a guilty plea Wednesday in federal court to criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. He faces 46 to 57 months in prison, and a fine of $10,000 to $100,000, under a plea deal with prosecutors.



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