GOP leader questions Obama library spending proposal

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, today raised fiscal concerns over Democrats’ intentions to spend $100 million of taxpayer money to locate the future Obama presidential library in Chicago. “It’s ironic that Democrats who have been threatening drastic cuts in education and other state services if the ‘temporary’ income tax is allowed to expire,…

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Proposed rules filed for Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act

SPRINGFIELD – The state of Illinois has laid out the proposed rules for implementation of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act have been published in the Illinois Register. The new draft rules include changes from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation , the Illinois Department…

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SIU board opts to keep tuition unchanged

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students will not see a tuition increase for the 2014-15 academic year. The SIU Board of Trustees today moved to maintain the 2013-14 tuition rate, during a board meeting on the Carbondale campus. The annual tuition rate will remain $7,296 for new, in-state full-time undergraduate students (15 hours per semester) entering…

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March jobless rate hits five-year low in Illinois

CHICAGO – The March unemployment rate fell to 8.4 percent, the lowest level since January 2009, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The rate fell despite more people entering the labor force to look for work. As expected, however, the unseasonably cold and…

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SIUE to name winner of $10,000 entrepreneur challenge

EDWARDSVILLE – The Final Pitch Round of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Metro East Startup Challenge will take place Monday, April 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. The public event will take place in the Morris University Center Oak-Redbud Room and will recognize a  $10,000 cash prize winner, in addition to all of the Challenge participants,…

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Callis passes million-dollar mark, but trails Davis in fund-raising

Former judge Ann Callis says she is heading to the November general election with more than $1 million in her Congressional campaign, but that still lags substantially behind her Republican opposition for the 13th Congressional District. The first quarter of 2014 was her best yet, she said, noting she will report more than $290,000 raised…

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Jobless benefits move didn’t spur Illinois hiring

State unemployment officials say that 87 percent of all the people in Illinois who lost their long-term federal unemployment benefits in December remained out of work a month later. The Department of Employment Security said Monday that 74,000 people in Illinois lost their benefits when federal long-term unemployment benefits expired. About 64,000 remained out of…

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Some businessmen oppose soft drink tax proposal

SPRINGFIELD – Overnight, the retail price for a two-liter soft drink in Illinois could jump nearly 70 cents while a 12 pack of soda could increase $1.44, some businessmen say. Two bills have been introduced in the Illinois House and Senate to impose a penny-per-ounce surcharge on sugar-sweetened drinks that are sold in sealed containers.…

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Quinn touting first-time homebuyers’ program

CHICAGO – Two weeks after first launching the Welcome Home Illinois loan program, Gov. Pat Quinn is traveling to cities across Illinois to raise awareness of the program, discuss its benefits and explain how people can participate. The Governor is visiting Chicago, Rockford, the Quad Cities and Peoria to discuss the impact first-time homebuyers have…

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Woman is state honoree for senior service

For the second year in a row, a Carlinville woman has been honored as the Illinois winner of the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Salute to Senior Service award. Judy Minster is being recognized for dedicated community service, including her work at Carlinville Area Hospital. Minster has volunteered at the hospital for more than 13…

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