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WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's news and weather:


WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's news and weather.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather information. 

Today, Illinois' Senior Senator weighs in on MO Rep. Todd Akin's abortion comments; Illinois budget experts and lawmakers discuss what could be next for the state's pension system; Gov. Pat Quinn signs new consumer protection legislation; child health experts talk about the need for supervision when it comes to social media.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he's very disappointed in Illinois legislators, particularly Republicans, for not taking action on the state's pension problem.

Illinois lawmakers adjourned a special session Friday without making any progress on the state's massive pension crisis.

Quinn says legislators need to show some ``political fortitude.''

The democratic governor says he isn't giving up on overhauling the pension system and its fast-growing costs.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's local news and weather.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.

IDOC

Illinois officials have moved eight of the state's most volatile criminals from the Tamms Supermax prison.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has proposed a statewide ban on assault weapons.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's news and weather.

Today:

Gov. Pat Quinn calls a special session, IDOC workers claim retaliation, SIU gets a good financial report, and a Pinckneyville man is convicted of murder.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.

Gov. Pat Quinn has called lawmakers back to Springfield for a one-day special session to reform the state's pension systems. But, so far, he doesn't have a plan beyond that.        

Quinn announced Monday that legislators will convene Aug. 17.        

He says lawmakers already have legislation on the table that they should consider. That includes a measure pushed by Senate President John Cullerton that addresses two of the state's five pension systems.        

IDOC

Southern Illinois lawmakers say a SWAT team has been at the Menard Correctional Center investigating reports of weapons, drugs and a gang hit list.

State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) and State Representative Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) say this and news of an increasing number of lockdowns at Illinois prisons are reasons for Governor Pat Quinn to slow down the process of closing the Tamms Supermax Prison.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's local news and weather.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.

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A southern Illinois farmer and rancher says his 300 acres of corn are a bust and he's eager to hear the governor's plan for dealing with drought.

Gov. Pat Quinn is set to visit 71-year-old James Laird's farm near Waltonville today. It's about 80 miles east of St. Louis. Quinn isn't releasing his plans ahead of the scheduled visit.

Laird says he'll likely mow down all his corn, chop it up and feed it to his cattle. Almost a third of the nation's corn crop has been damaged by heat and drought.

Laird hopes his 300 acres of soybeans pull through.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather information.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's news and weather.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's news and weather.

Governor Pat Quinn's office announced early this morning that he has signed a measure that will require retired state and public university employees to kick in more money for their health insurance.

That will officially do away with the current method of allowing those who retire with at least 20 years of service to get free health coverage. Those who retire with less time worked get a portion of insurance costs paid for.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's news and weather...

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller interviews Southern Illinois Healthcare Vice-President Woody Thorne and Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Emergency Medical Services Director Dr. Joseph Haake about the potential $2.7 billion cuts to next year's Medicaid budget. They've developed a website to illustrate their concerns at www.applypressure.org.

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Members of Illinois' Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability heard testimony Monday in Ullin on the potential closing of the Tamms Super-max Prison.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the latest local and state news, plus weather information to start your day.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the latest on a Winter Weather Advisory for the region, as well as state and local news from the weekend and into your work week.

Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports on Governor Pat Quinn's State of the State Addresss.

Springfield, IL – Governor Pat Quinn had little to say about Illinois' budget problems in his State of the State address.

He said Illinois must reform government pensions, but he didn't offer any hint of how he wants to do it.

Quinn says that will wait for his budget presentation later this month.

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