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Oberweis wants to challenge Durbin for US Senate

Thursday, 24 October 2013 02:11 Published in Local News

   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - State Sen. Jim Oberweis says he's gathering petition signatures to make a bid for the U.S. Senate.

   The Republican from Sugar Grove made the comments Wednesday at a Springfield rally for opponents of same-sex marriage. He says he wants to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Oberweis is a dairy magnate who has made numerous bids for office before.

   He made previous unsuccessful attempts for U.S. Senate in 2002 and 2004. He also ran and lost in the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary, and a congressional bid in 2008. He won a seat to the state Senate last November.

   Downers Grove businessman Doug Truax and Kane County Regional School board member Chad Koppie are also making primary bids.

 

Mizzou gets $1.8M for modular nuclear reactors

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 04:15 Published in Local News

   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri is getting $1.8 million from the federal government to encourage nuclear energy development.

   The grants will help fund the development of a supply chain, logistics, and infrastructure needed to manufacture small modular nuclear reactors.

   Modular reactors are smaller than large nuclear power plants. They can be built in factories and shipped where they are needed.

   The university in July announced a partnership with Westinghouse Electric Co. and Ameren Missouri to work on research related to modular nuclear reactors.

   President Barack Obama's administration said Tuesday that the project also will assess the education and training needed for a workforce to produce the reactors.

   Sen. Claire McCaskill said the grant shows Missouri is well situated to lead the nation in developing small modular nuclear reactors.

 

   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers are returning to the state capitol for a second day of their annual fall veto session.

   After getting off to a sputtering start Tuesday, the schedule on Wednesday is shaping up to include a hearing on gambling and more requests by state agencies for additional funds.

   Horsemen and officials from the Illinois racetracks want lawmakers to authorize a law that allows for online betting. And lawmakers are reviving talks on a larger gambling bill that stalled this spring.

   Tuesday also saw a gay marriage rally as part of an effort to make such unions legal in Illinois.

   Lawmakers have yet to address the state's $97 billion pension shortfall and tax incentives aimed at keeping Archer Daniels Midland Company's global headquarters in Illinois.

 

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