President Trump Names Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster New National Security Adviser

Updated at 4:35 pm E.T. President Trump has announced that Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will be his new national security adviser. McMaster will replace retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign after revelations that he had misled top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. The president made the announcement in a brief appearance before reporters at Mar-a-Lago, his resort estate in Florida on Monday. He spent part of the...

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"You can take the girl out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the girl."

We've all heard this, which is why it's refreshing to find a story that shows the opposite.

Rachel Raines is the protagonist of Small Town Roads by L.B. Johnson, one of our Read With Me selections for this month.

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School personnel across Illinois are adapting to a new state law that requires districts to have an emergency protocol to deal with asthma emergencies.

The Chicago Tribune reports that under the new law anyone who works with students must be trained to handle asthma emergencies. All children with asthma must have a written "asthma action plan" at the school as well. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the legislation in August and it went into effect Jan. 1.

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Chicago sports franchises and national players' advocates are squaring off over whether injured professional athletes should be allowed to earn certain worker compensation benefits like other workers.

Current law allows Illinois residents to claim benefits that help make up the difference between what they would have earned before a career-ending injury and what they can make afterward, up to age 67.

Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would cut off former athletes at age 35 or five years after the injury.

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Disparate entities say laws in this area need to change at the state and national levels.

The police took away a 70-year-old Moline woman’s car when her grandson drove it with a revoked license. “Why am I being punished?” Judy Wiese asked a reporter last year at the Rock Island County courthouse. After the story made headlines, a lawyer stepped forward and helped her out, pro bono — and the grandmother got her Jeep back.

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The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.29.  This is identical to last week's average.  

AAA reports the most expensive gas is in the City of Chicago, at $2.62 per gallon.  By contrast, the least expensive gas is in Springfield, at an average per-gallon price of $2.05. 

Rockford's average gas price is $2.25.  This is eight cents more expensive than last week's average.

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More than 100,000 Illinois drivers were convicted for illegally using their cell phones. That’s since the law went into effect in 2014.

The law says drivers can use their cell phones only with the help of a hands-free device. The Illinois Secretary of State’s office says fewer than one percent of those convictions were from repeat offenders.

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The Illinois Department of Agriculture is planning four open houses to explain the process of treating areas of northern Illinois for the gypsy moth.

The destructive moth eats hundreds of different species of trees and shrubs, especially oak leaves.  Severe defoliation can lead to tree death.

A month into his term, President Donald Trump hit the trail Saturday for what a White House spokeswoman called a "campaign rally for America." At Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Florida, Trump addressed a hangar packed with supporters in an event organized not by the White House but by Trump's own campaign committee.

"I'm here because I want to be among my friends and among the people," Trump told the enthusiastic crowd before running through a long list of campaign promises and what he said were his administration's early accomplishments.

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Several choirs from the DeKalb community and Northern Illinois University will raise their voices to raise money for the nonprofit DeKalb County Community Gardens in the third annual "Make Our Garden Grow" concert Sunday in NIU’s Boutell Concert Hall.

Eric Johnson, director of Choral Activities at NIU, says he started the concerts with two visions in mind.

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The Chicago Urban League and the Illinois State Board of Education have reached a tentative settlement of a lawsuit that claims discriminatory school funding.

In the settlement, the board agrees that, if appropriations for schools are inadequate, it will either cap per-pupil cuts or use another methodology to distribute funds "based on the needs of each school district and its students" instead of simply prorating the allotments.

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The cellphone video is vivid. A border patrol agent aims his gun at an unarmed 15-year-old some 60 feet away, across the border with Mexico, and shoots him dead.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a case testing whether the family of the dead boy can sue the agent for damages in the U.S.

Between 2005 and 2013, there were 42 such cross-border shootings, a dramatic increase over earlier times.

Adulting School Teaches Young Adults Grown-Up Skills

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Transitioning to adulthood isn't new, but there is a more modern way to describe it: adulting.

Get your car's oil changed? That's adulting. Cook dinner instead of order takeout? That's adulting.

And now a new school in Maine, called the Adulting School, is dedicated to teaching skills like these to fledgling adults so they can become successful grown-ups.

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