state of Illinois

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Poll: 1 In 4 Illinois Residents Say State Is Worst Place To Live

Residents of Illinois apparently are pretty miserable.


A woman lights up. (file/AFP Getty Images)

Tossing Cigarettes Could Mean Big Littering Fine

Starting next year, flicking a cigarette butt onto the ground could cost you plenty.


A Man Uses A Computer Mouse. (AP Photo)

Outage Knocks Out State Government Computers, Websites

State of Illinois technicians were trying to figure out what caused all state government computers to lose email and Internet capabilities for almost three hours Tuesday morning.


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Job Market Skill Gaps In Chicago

Looking for a job? Jobs in fields like nursing, security and criminal justice are hiring in Chicago.


Video Poker machine. (CBS)

Video Gambling Slow To Move Ahead In Illinois

Video gambling in the state seems to be in a holding pattern.

CBS Chicago–09/21/2012

Illinois House Floor

No High Hopes For Last-Ditch Hearing On Pension Reform

Gov. Pat Quinn made a last-ditch push for state lawmakers in Springfield to pass pension reform, but the effort failed Friday.

CBS Chicago–08/17/2012

Thomson Prison

Fear Of Guantanamo Inmates Coming Inland Holds Up Thomson Prison Sale

Fear over Guantanamo inmates coming inland is holding up the sale of the state prison at Thomson.


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State Ends Requirement Of Proof Of Genital Surgery For Birth Certificate Gender Changes

The State of Illinois is ending the requirement that people who change their gender on their birth certificates submit proof of genital surgery.

CBS Chicago–07/31/2012

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State Sponsoring Contest For Illinois Filmmakers

Budding Illinois filmmakers have a chance to gain a wide audience and win money through a state-sponsored film contest.

WBBM Newsradio–07/30/2012


State Encourages Consumers To Buy Products Made In Illinois To Boost Economy

The state of Illinois is kicking off a campaign today to get you to try to buy more products that are made in Illinois.


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Many Taxpayers Who Filed By Mail Still Waiting For Refunds From State

The Illinois Department of Revenue says many Illinoisans who filed their tax returns the old-fashioned way are still waiting for refunds.

CBS Chicago–06/22/2012

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Quinn Signs Bill Raising Cigarette Taxes To Fund Medicaid

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a bill to help the state’s struggling Medicaid program, but critics are convinced the budget solution will do more harm than good.

CBS Chicago–06/14/2012

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McDonough Engineering Firm Accused Of Stealing Millions From State

One of Illinois’ biggest engineering firms could find itself fighting for its survival.

CBS Chicago–06/08/2012

Illinois State Seal

Torture Investigation Panel To Shut Down After State Eliminates Funding

A state commission set up to investigate claims of police torture is about to close up shop.

CBS Chicago–06/05/2012

CME Group Protest

Protesters To CME Group: Give Your Tax Break Back

About 1,500 protesters slowly marched from the Thompson Center to the Chicago Board of Trade on Wednesday, calling for the company that runs the financial exchange to give back millions in state tax breaks.

CBS Chicago–05/23/2012


Appeals Court Backs Quinn’s Move To Deny Workers’ Raises

A federal appeals court is backing Gov. Pat Quinn’s move to deny pay raises to thousands of union workers.

CBS Chicago–05/18/2012

Tom Dart

Dart, Other Law Enforcement Officers Protest Against Cuts To Preschool Funding

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart had some harsh words Thursday for state cuts in preschool funding.

WBBM Newsradio–04/26/2012

Circle Interchange

State Looking To Ease Congestion At Circle Interchange

The state is looking to ease traffic congestion at Chicago’s Circle Interchange just west of downtown.

CBS Chicago–04/24/2012

Earth Day Events

State Announces Nearly $5 Million In Green Infrastructure Grants

Illinois used Earth Day Weekend to announce nearly $5 million in Green Infrastructure Grants statewide.

CBS Chicago–04/23/2012

Illinois House Floor

State Panel Fails To Come Up With Plan To Cut Medicaid Budget

An Illinois state panel appointed to find ways to cut Medicaid costs has taken one step forward and two steps back.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2012