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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
02/16/12 State grants go to suburban schools
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Warren Township High School District 121 will start building a three-story addition to their O'Plaine Campus school in the coming months, Superintendent Phil Sobocinski. FULL STORY
02/15/12 Second-chance candidates get their shot on March 20
By Mike Riopell and Kerry Lester - The suburban primaries include former candidates for Congress Jim Oberweis and David McSweeney, making bids for the statehouse, as well as former Congressional candidates Tammy Duckworth and Bill Foster making another bid in different districts. FULL STORY
02/12/12 Proposal would have schools take on future pension costs, not debt
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - As suburban school officials remain skittish about the idea of paying more toward teachers' retirements, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said a proposal he's considering would spare local districts the cost of covering the... FULL STORY
02/10/12 Family says Kirk's spirit is 'stronger than ever'
By Mike Riopell and Kerry Lester - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk was transferred from Northwestern Memorial Hospital to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago on Friday where he begin a recovery program. "The Senator has several pre-stroke factors in his favor that our research and... FULL STORY
02/02/12 Biggert won't have GOP primary opponents
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Longtime U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert now faces an uncontested primary election in March after the Illinois State Board of Elections kicked both of her opponents off the ballot. FULL STORY
02/02/12 Biggert to be unopposed in primary
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Longtime U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert now faces an uncontested primary election in March after the Illinois State Board of Elections kicked both of her opponents off the ballot. Also removed were 6th District Democrat Tim Ritter and 10th District Democrat... FULL STORY
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