Meet The Next Secretary Of Education

The man who will succeed Education Secretary Arne Duncan has both an inspirational personal story and a record of controversy in what's become a national debate over the Common Core learning standards.At age 40, John King Jr. will become one of the youngest Cabinet members in American history. He's been deputy U.S. education secretary since January, after serving as education commissioner in New York.Duncan called him "one of the most passionate, courageous, clearheaded leaders in our field"...
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3M Expanding In DeKalb

Oct 2, 2015
Jessie Schlacks

One of the world's largest manufacturers held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for a large new facility in DeKalb.

The new 3M distribution center will be located near the company’s warehouses on DeKalb's south side.

Darcie Peters, manager of 3M’s DeKalb campus, says the company will be more efficient with the new facility.

Business leaders say this could help create new jobs in the future for DeKalb.

It is expected to be completed by next August.

Illinois students may have more schools to choose from in the near future.


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, across the nation and in Illinois.

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The Illinois State Fair ended in August.  But many who worked there are still owed money. 

 The annual Springfield summertime event  is a celebration of agriculture and more.  But this year, the state warned vendors they might have to wait to get paid.  Turns out, that wasn't an idle threat.  Tim Landis is a reporter for the State Journal-Register newspaper, which tallied up the outstanding bills.  Among them, paying the sculptor of the fair's most well known symbol: 

State of Illinois

Former Governor Pat Quinn made a rare public appearance in Champaign as the state entered its fourth month without a budget.


Two months after Republican Governor Bruce Rauner ousted Quinn last November, the state's income tax automatically decreased, along with it, state revenue for this year.


The longer the state's budget impasse goes on, the bigger the gap will get between what the state's spending and the state's bringing in.


Illinois Solar Tour

Hoping to boost interest in renewable energy, the Illinois Solar Energy Association will hold its annual Solar Tour on Saturday, Oct. 3. About 90 homes and businesses across the state will hold open houses, including DeKalb, Rockford, Malta, and Woodstock.

Former high school science teacher, Brian Prybil, did several years of research, and waited for the prices to fall, before he installed solar panels on the roof of his home in Moline three years ago. And he's now saving about $1,000 a year in power bills.

Mumps Case Reported At NIU

Oct 1, 2015

The DeKalb County Health Department confirms a Northern Illinois University student has a lab-confirmed case of mumps. According to a Campus Update, the DeKalb County Health Department, Illinois Department of Public Health and NIU Health Services are working together to provide information to the community about symptoms of mumps, and how it is transmitted.  

If an individual is vaccinated against mumps, the risk of getting mumps is very low. However, it is possible to get mumps, regardless of your age or vaccination status.

provided, Fox Lake Police Department

The lead investigator on the case of a northern Illinois police officer found shot dead has confirmed that the police lieutenant was shot with his own weapon.

Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko said in a news conference today that Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot twice, once in the right side, front of his protective vest and once in the upper left chest area.  Filenko  says there was evidence of a struggle at the scene, but tests were inconclusive on whether Gliniewicz fired his gun, or someone else.

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Federal prosecutors say former Congressman Aaron Schock has been deceptive in complying with a subpoena. But Schock’s attorneys are disputing those claims.

Federal prosecutors said in mid-September Schock “deceptively refused” to hand over all the documents they subpoenaed as part of an investigation into his activities.

In a 23-page court filing yesterday, Schock's lawyers asserted attorney-client privilege and other considerations should keep some records out of the hands of prosecutors.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is set to give the opening address to her Midwest counterparts aimed at preventing and addressing gender-based violence.

The two-day conference will cover issues including domestic abuse and sexual assaults on college campuses.

Madigan is the chairwoman of the Midwest region's National Association of Attorneys General. The group is comprised of attorneys general from 11 states.

Madigan helped draft legislation that requires college campuses to have policies about reporting incidents and notifying survivors of their rights.