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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - July 16, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers

By Bill Chappell

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's new guidance states that employers who allow parental leave must provide it to men and women equally.

Discrimination against female workers who might get pregnant in the future, or have been pregnant in the past, is against the law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said this week. For the first time in 30 years, the agency has updated its rules against pregnancy discrimination.

Categories: Business, Government

Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - July 16, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Growing Influence: Out Of Public Eye, A Bitter Farm Bill Fight

By Jeremy Bernfeld, with additional reporting from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

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(Duration: 4:18)

K Street in Washington D.C. has long been known as the home to powerful lobbyists. Hundreds of companies and groups lobbied to influence the 2014 Farm Bill.
The “who” part of the Farm Bill is pretty clear. With trillions dollars of government spending up for grabs, lobbyists from all ends of the spectrum – representing environmental interests, biotech companies, food companies, farmers – flocked to Capitol Hill to find their piece of the Farm Bill pie.

Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - July 16, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Lawmakers To Meet Wednesday Over Quinn’s Anti-Violence Program

By Amanda Vinicky, With Additional Reporting from The Associated Press

Former members of Governor Pat Quinn's administration subpoenaed by a bipartisan legislative commission are supposed to testify Wednesday, unless lawmakers call it off.

Categories: Economics, Government

Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - July 15, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Growing Influence: Lobbyists Of All Kinds Flock To Farm Bill

By Peggy Lowe, with additional reporting from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

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(Duration: 4:53)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., (in green), watches as President Barack Obama signs the Farm Bill at Michigan State University on Feb. 7, 2014.
When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced passage of the Farm Bill in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.


NPR - Illinois Public Media News - July 14, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Reporters Weigh In On Illinois Issues

By Jeremy Hobson

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(Duration: 8:23)

The Illinois Capitol Building is pictured in Springfield, Illinois, 2009.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson is broadcasting from WILL in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and he’s taking a look at some of the issues facing this Midwestern state with two journalists who work there. Jim Meadows is a senior reporter at WILL, and Niala Boodhoo is the afternoon host at WBEZ in Chicago.






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