February 15, 2014

Rep. Hays: Tweaks to Concealed Carry Are ‘Negligible’

Before Illinois’ first concealed carry permits have even been issued, there are efforts on each side of the issue to change the measure granting them.  But one East Central Illinois lawmaker said any chances for their passage are slim.


John Lewis (left) and Stuart Gaffney embrace outside San Francisco's City Hall shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California in June.
(Noah Berger/AP)
February 08, 2014

Holder Orders Equal Treatment For Married Same-Sex Couples

Attorney General Eric Holder has for the first time directed Justice Department employees to give same-sex married couples "full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent under the law," a move with far-ranging consequences for how such couples are treated in federal courtrooms and proceedings.


Grain Operator Austin Clubb surveys corn inside the Homestead Grain Facility at Amana Farms near Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
(John Poole/NPR)
February 07, 2014

Jury Awards Nearly $17 Million In Grain Bin Deaths

An Illinois jury has returned a record verdict of nearly $17 million in the deaths of two teenagers and the traumatic entrapment of a third worker in a grain bin in 2010, NPR's Howard Berkes reports.


January 30, 2014

Illinois Farm Owners Settle US Subsidy Allegations

The Department of Justice says a central Illinois farming business has paid $5.3 million to settle allegations it used fake partnerships to avoid limits on federal subsidies its owners could receive.


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