Illinoisans Gear Up For 'Women's March' On Capitol Hill

A lot of women were hoping to see a female president sworn in this week. Instead, hundreds of thousands are headed to Washington to protest and raise awareness of human rights and social justice issues important to them. Keri Tate of Springfield is among those who will be going by bus to the Women's March, set for Saturday. And she'll have a message for Donald Trump and Republicans controlling congress. "I feel like it's my chance to stand up and say, very visibly, you may not on Day One...

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Discussion continues over a proposed asphalt plant at Black's Quarry near Rockton.  

The Rockford Register-Star reports Northern Illinois Service Co. wants a special use permit to build the facility.  However, residents are concerned about disruptive effects of the plant, including a lowering of property values and poor smell.

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Nippon Sharyo will lay off 100 employees from its factory in Rochelle.  The rail car manufacturer based its decision on a complication with one of its prototype cars, along with other business considerations. 

Nippon Sharyo says its factory will continue operations so it can meet deadlines for current projects.  The company has operated in Rochelle since 2012.  

Rockford’s City Administrator Is Stepping Down

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City Administrator Jim Ryan is leaving his position next month.

He's accepting the position of Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for Rock Valley College. 

Starting as City Administrator in 2005, Ryan oversees daily operations of 10 departments.

Ryan launched his career with the city in 1999 as the Capital Development Manager. It followed a five-year stint as the Assistant Village Manager for the Village of Grayslake.

He led the city's downtown efforts in financing a structure for the MetroCentre renovation. 

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A survey of Illinois public school districts finds administrators are scrambling to find substitute teachers for as many as 600 classrooms a day.

The review of 400 districts that the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools released Tuesday reveals that teachers call in absences more than 16,000 times per week. Administrators have trouble finding enough people to fill in for nearly 20 percent of them.

Jeff Vose is association president. The regional superintendent for Sangamon and Menard counties says stricter licensing requirements are to blame.

The number of people 60 and older with student loan debt has quadrupled in the past decade, and older Americans now represent the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. student loan market, according to a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

As of 2015, more than 2.8 million Americans over 60 had outstanding student loan debt — up from some 700,000 in 2005.

Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature are circulating a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

The proposal by state Sen. Jon Erpenbach and Rep. Chris Taylor comes after Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he would be open to the idea.

Republicans have typically been against any attempts to legalize marijuana.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he is against medical marijuana. And Gov. Scott Walker also says he opposes it.

Donald Trump loves superlatives: words like "biggest," "best" and "greatest" pepper many of his statements, whether at a microphone or on Twitter. But a recent poll lends him another, less attractive superlative: the lowest favorability rating of any incoming president in at least 40 years.

State Sen. Scott Bennett says Democrats in his chamber supported a rules change last week to impose term limits on Senate legislative leaders as a show of good faith.

 

The Champaign Democrat says they’re showing their commitment to imposing the ten-year term limits on leaders in both legislative chambers as part of a state budget package.

 

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Illinois schools and daycare facilities soon will have to start testing drinking water for lead.

 

The bill, signed Monday by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner at a Martin Luther King breakfast in Chicago, requires these two types of institutions to sample for lead contamination in their water sources.

 

"Dr. King was advocating about dealing with lead more than 50 years ago," Rauner said. "It shows in some ways what little progress we’ve made."

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The annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition in Rockford has been postponed. That’s despite Rockford Park District efforts to bring in snow machines for the competition.

About 20 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature for this type of event so sculptures can hold their shape and snow can stick around. However, the competition is expected to take place in Rockford’s Sinnissippi Park with temperatures as high as 45.

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A long-running lawsuit accusing the Secret Service of discriminating against black agents appears to be coming to an end without a trial.

The Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and more than 100 agents have reached a settlement agreement, the department says. A court still needs to approve the settlement.

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