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7 Terrible Consequences of the Illinois Government Shutdown

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.01.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Everything appears to be in flux, but here's a look at some things that might happen as state government enters the legal and political limbo that comes with running the state with no spending plan.

Time to Protect the Prairie State from Coal Mining

Jack Darin | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
Jack Darin

Across the Illinois countryside, rural citizens are fighting for their livelihoods, drinking water, farms, and future, and they are asking if the State of illinois has their backs -- or not.

Head of Illinois Mine Safety Took Thousands in Campaign Contributions from Coal Baron Chris Cline

Will Reynolds | Posted 04.08.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

The public deserves to know whether mines owned by Chris Cline were given special consideration during the permitting process or on safety standards.

The Possibilities of Ports: Is Development of Port Infrastructure the Next Step for Great Lakes Cities?

Roger Germann | Posted 02.15.2014 | Green
Roger Germann

Imagine a bustling urban port: ships unload cargo from all over the world; local products are packed and loaded for export; and ferries shuttle sightseers from shore to shore. This sounds like a scene from Europe, where shipping vessels and ferries connect cities. But could this scene represent the future of Chicago and our neighbors on the Great Lakes?

Regulations Proposed In Illinois House, Senate Before Fracking Begins In May

Posted 04.05.2012 | Chicago

In less than a month, "fracking," a controversial drilling method that involves injecting a chemical compound into the earth to release natural gas, i...

Downstate Bike Trail Finally Finished

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A southern Illinois bike trail has been completed nearly 10 years after it was dedicated. Illinois Department of Natural Re...

Quinn Pal Scores $85K Job As State 'Kayaking Czar'

Pantagraph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- A longtime advisor to Gov. Pat Quinn has been hired to be the state's first canoe czar. Claude Walker, who has served as an aide to Qu...

'Kayaking Czar' Idea Scrapped After Gov Remembers The $13 Billion Deficit

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Wednesday afternoon, word got out that Gov. Pat Quinn planned to hire his longtime aide and friend Claude Walker to be the state's new "kayaking cz...

New Governor Fires Last-Minute Blagojevich Appointee Kurt Granberg

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has fired the state's conservation chief just weeks after he started work. Former state Rep. Kurt G...

New Blagojevich Appointee Gets $40K Pension Boost

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Kurt Granberg's tenure as the state's conservation chief might be short, but it will be lucrative. The former state representative started work today...