Illinois Public Media News

AP - Illinois Public Media News - August 09, 2012

Illinois Agrees to Temporarily Halt Prisoner Transfers

Gov. Pat Quinn's administration has agreed for now to stop moving inmates out of Illinois prisons that he plans to close. It is a temporary victory for the union that represents prison workers.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said the agreement is an important first step. Spokesman Anders Lindall said Gov. Quinn's administration has been "reckless" in its rush to move troubled inmates from the "supermax" prison at Tamms. He said dangerous prisoners were sent to facilities that are not ready to handle them.

Categories: Economics, Government, Politics

AP - Illinois Public Media News - August 09, 2012

Peoria Catholic Diocese Sues Over Health Care Law

The Peoria Catholic Diocese is filing a federal lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's mandate that employers provide contraceptive services.

According to the suit, the mandate violates core religious and moral convictions. Diocese Attorney Patricia Gibson said in a statement the suit is "not about whether people have access to services, but rather about the freedom to practice religion without government interference."

Categories: Government, Health, Politics




WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 09, 2012

Carjacking at U of I Parking Deck

University of Illinois Campus police report a carjacking Thursday morning, at a parking deck on the north end of campus.

Lieutenant Roy Acree says it happened around 7:10 AM, to a woman in the parking deck at Goodwin and University in Urbana.


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 09, 2012

Court OKs Suit Against Normal School’s Inaction on Sex Abuse

(With additional reporting from The Associated Press)

The Illinois Supreme Court has allowed a lawsuit accusing McLean County school officials of not doing enough to keep an abusive teacher from being hired in Urbana.

31-year old Jon White was teaching at Colene Hoose Elementary School in Normal when parents complained about him abusing their daughters. He wasn't charged with a crime at the time, but the school did suspend him. White went on to abuse at least eight girls at a new job at Thomas Paine Elementary School in Urbana.

Categories: Criminal Justice
Tags: courts, crime


AP - Illinois Public Media News - August 08, 2012

Congressmen Caution Undocumented Youths to Avoid Scams

Two U.S. congressmen from Illinois are warning undocumented youths not to pay steep fees to get help applying for legal status under a new immigration policy.

Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, both Democrats, say most eligible youths can take advantage of the policy, known as "deferred action," without a lawyer or any payment beyond a $465 fee to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency accepting the applications.

Categories: Community, Government, Politics


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