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Thu04242014

Gambling expansion goes to Illinois governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have approved a major expansion of legalized gambling for the second year in a row. But there's little indication last year's roadblock — Gov. Pat Quinn — is willing to let it through this time.

The Senate voted 30-26 late Thursday in favor of a proposal that would create five new casinos — a land-based s

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Couples report issues getting civil union benefits

CHICAGO (AP) — An advocacy group says many same-sex Illinois couples in civil unions have troubles filing joint taxes, getting health benefits for their partners and adopting.

The report released Friday by Equality Illinois comes a year after Illinois enacted civil unions, which grant same-sex couples many of the same rights and protections as

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Madigan: Retirement age won't be raised to 67

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says it would be unconstitutional to force current state employees to work to age 67 before collecting full retirement benefits.

Madigan told The Associated Press Thursday that he will not raise the retirement age as part of package to cut pension costs. The Chicago Democrat says

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Defendant freed after 21 years sues Chicago police

CHICAGO (AP) — A man released last year after spending 21 years in prison for murder accuses Chicago police in a lawsuit of manipulating a witness who later recanted.

Attorney Locke Bowman, in announcing the lawsuit Thursday, said Jacques Rivera suffered a grave injustice at the hands of Chicago police.

Rivera received an 80-year sentence when

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Ill. lawmakers slash health care for the poor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people would see their health care cut back or even eliminated under legislation approved Thursday by Illinois lawmakers in a desperate attempt to shore up the state's crumbling budget.

The Medicaid cuts include ending a prescription drug program for senior citizens, halting two programs that

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