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02/28/12 Rep. Hensel of West Chicago dies
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Don Hensel, a former 10-year state lawmaker from West Chicago, died Sunday, state Rep. Mike Fortner said on the House floor Tuesday. "He will be greatly missed by me, by his friends, and I think by the people of Illinois," Fortner said. FULL STORY
02/24/12 Early voting starts Monday
By Kerry Lester and Mike Riopell - Suburban offices have spent recent weeks making special efforts to remind voters of the plethora of ways to cast their vote. Early voting starts Monday and runs until March 15, giving voters a chance to make their picks and get their democratic task... FULL STORY
02/23/12 Bandmates, fans gearing up for 15 years of Lucky Boys Confusion
By Mike Riopell - It's been 15 years now since a handful of DuPage County teenagers, some just out of high school, formed Lucky Boys Confusion. That's why singer Stubhy Pandav says that their shows like the upcoming Feb. 25 date at the Montrose Room in Rosemont now... FULL STORY
02/23/12 Quinn wants to cut state money for retired teachers' healthcare
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed the state stop paying into the health insurance plan that covers retired suburban and downstate teachers, and how he'd plan to keep the program going is unclear. FULL STORY
02/22/12 Suburban lawmakers hold key roles in budget debate
By Mike Riopell and Ryan Voyles - A number of suburban lawmakers are top budget leaders who are likely to have substantial influence in how Gov. Quinn's budget plan plays out in the General Assembly. State Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Park Ridge Democrat and a budget committee chairman,... FULL STORY
02/21/12 Quinn wants to close Aurora facility
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Gov. Pat Quinn wants to close the Fox Valley Adult Transition Center in Aurora, a facility where female inmates in Illinois go to transition from prison to daily life. FULL STORY
02/20/12 Ramey, Pankau differ on immigration
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - In their ongoing battle for a spot in the Illinois Senate, Republicans Sen. Carole Pankau and Rep. Randy Ramey have somewhat differing opinions over Ramey's proposed Arizona-style immigration policy. Ramey has drawn attention for the controversial... FULL STORY
02/20/12 St. Charles youth site appears safe from closure
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - The Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles isn't expected to be among the facilities Gov. Pat Quinn will target for closure, a source with knowledge of the situation said. Quinn said publicly last week that he'd propose closing "quite a few" state... FULL STORY
02/20/12 Medicaid use skyrockets in the suburbs as potential cutbacks loom
By Mike Riopell - The number of suburban residents enrolled in Medicaid has skyrocketed in recent years, even as Gov. Pat Quinn takes aim at funding for the health care program for the poor. Suburban enrollment in the Medicaid program has risen drastically since the... FULL STORY
02/17/12 Doctor: Kirk is walking
By Mike Riopell - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's rehabilitation doctor said Friday that the Highland Park Republican has begun walking on a treadmill. "Sen. Kirk is adapting well to the rehabilitation program," Dr. Richard L. Harvey, medical director of the... FULL STORY
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