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Department of Homeland Security
January 09, 2016

Illinois ID Accepted At Airport Security Two More Years

Your Illinois driver's license will continue to be accepted by airport security for at least two more years. The state has yet to adopt stricter federal rules under the Real ID Act, and Illinois IDs could have been refused for air travel as early as this spring. 

Verse on a 1909 picture postcard says New Year's resolutions "always break as easy as soap bubbles".
Wikimedia Commons
January 08, 2016

New Year’s Resolutions For State Leaders In A Word: Budget!

It's a week into the New Year, and gyms across the country are packed with people who've vowed to get in shape.  Illinois Public Radio's Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky had resolved to be one of them ... but admits -- already, she's fallen short. Maybe Illinois' leaders will have better luck.  Vinicky asked around for their civic-minded resolutions. 

A yard sign in Urbana, Illinois
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
January 06, 2016

Appellate Court Rules Against Carle, Overturns Illinois’ Charity Care Tax Law

An appellate court has ruled that Illinois’ law governing when hospitals are exempt from taxes for their charity care is unconstitutional. The ruling involves a lawsuit brought by Carle over the tax status of its Urbana hospital, but has statewide implications.

A Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol
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January 06, 2016

Illinois Lawmakers Divide Along Party Lines On President’s Gun Control Initiatives

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) says president Barack Obama’s executive actions to expand background checks on gun sales has popular support, and was something he and 23 other senators had asked the president to do back in November. But Illinois Republicans say the actions violate the 2nd Amendment and will not survive a court challenge.

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Daily Illini
January 06, 2016

U of I Student Newspaper Cuts Back To 2 Days A Week

In two weeks, the Daily Illini will only be printed on Mondays and Thursdays. Publisher Lil Levant says this move is intended to let the DI focus more on web-based material and distribution through social media. Its weekend Buzz Magazine will end production in March.

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