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Weeks Wind Down As Illinois' Stopgap Funding Runs Dry

By the end of this month, Illinois state government will be back to having no budget. This spring lawmakers passed a spending plan for only half of the fiscal year. Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno says lawmakers should work out a plan to cover the rest of this fiscal year, and the next one, through summer 2018. "We could get this job done for 18 months for the people of the state of Illinois. And I mean the people of this state. It is the people who receive services from the state...

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The recount of Wisconsin's presidential election vote is nearly finished. State election officials announced Friday that 89 percent of total ballots cast for president have been counted and 60 of the state's 72 counties had finished their work. So far, Democrat Hillary Clinton has gained 49 votes on Republican Donald Trump, who defeated Clinton by more than 22,000 votes in the state. The recount began Dec. 1. A federal judge on Friday refused to grant Trump supporters' request to halt the...

The man accused of murdering nine people in a church basement in Charleston, S.C., last year told investigators he is guilty, according to a confession video played in court on Friday. The jury in the trial of Dylan Roof, 22, watched an excerpt of a nearly two-hour conversation between Roof and investigators from the FBI, recorded shortly after he was taken into custody. Roof faces 33 federal hate crimes charges. The federal government is seeking the death penalty. Roof is accused of entering...

The wealthy governor of Illinois is calling for state legislators to go without pay until a balanced budget is passed. The comptroller's office reports lawmakers last received paychecks in June. It has put elected officials' pay in a queue, along with $10 billion of overdue bills the state can't currently afford. Several Democrats are suing to reinstate their monthly income. But the governor criticized them in a video message. "If they won't do a balanced budget, they shouldn't be paid first,...

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You can’t see the Clinton nuclear plant from Clinton. It’s located nine miles out of town. But Clinton felt the impact when Exelon said the plant might close. They felt it at The Shack, a Clinton diner that’s been serving up hamburgers and hand-packed milkshakes for nearly a century. Shannon Williamson, a member of the family that owns The Shack, says that, when Exelon announced last summer that it would shut the plant down in a year’s time, she saw neighbors who worked there putting...

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs says it’s been a successful year for the “Serving Those Who Served” program. In November, it worked to match volunteers with local service projects. Spokesman Dave McDonna says they had 41 projects and 570 volunteers by the end of the month. "We had a project where we assisted moving new furniture into an apartment building for permanent housing for homeless veterans," he said. "We had a project asking to write letters and notes of thanks to...

Village of Rockton, Illinois

Discussions surrounding a proposed asphalt plant near Rockton were pushed back to January. Northern Illinois Service Co. had filed for a special use permit to build the plant on unincorporated land at Black’s Quarry. However, more than 100 Rockton residents voiced their opposition at a five-hour Winnebago County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Wednesday. The Rockford Register-Star reports the meeting continued Thursday for another three hours, and included a toxicologist's report on the plant...

Sessions from Studio A - Name the Moon

Dec 8, 2016
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Name the Moon performs "Car Fun" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Name the Moon performs "Goddamn" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Name the Moon performs "Los Angeles" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Name the Moon performs "Same on You" in WNIJ's Studio A.
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Updated 5 p.m. ET The first American to orbit the Earth has died. John Glenn was the last surviving member of the original Mercury astronauts. He would later have a long political career as a U.S. senator, but that didn't stop his pioneering ways. Glenn made history a second time in 1998, when he flew aboard the shuttle Discovery to become the oldest person to fly in space. Glenn was 95 when he died; he had been hospitalized in an Ohio State University medical center in Columbus since last...

The Illinois board in charge of community colleges has approved distribution of $3 million in emergency funds to help schools across the state that are in need. Illinois Community College Board chairman Lazaro Lopez said during Wednesday's meeting in Carterville that Illinois community colleges will continue to struggle until there is a stable budget in Springfield. The state hasn't had a budget for 18 months. A partial spending plan expires at the end of the year.

A group of nuns in Springfield is participating in a long-term medical study. For those involved, it’s another way to serve others.

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