Families Of Newtown Massacre Victims Reach $1.5 Million Settlement

The relatives of 16 victims of the 2012 elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., reached a proposed $1.5 million settlement Monday against the estate of the shooter's mother.According to the Hartford Courant, each family will receive $93,750 apiece from a homeowners insurance policy that Nancy Lanza had on a Newtown home she shared with her son Adam.The lawsuits were filed by the families of 14 victims who died in the school shooting and two who survived.On the morning of Dec. 14, 2012,...
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More than a third of Illinois human service agencies are already cutting back while the state is without a budget.

United Way of Illinois says more than 130 agencies reported cutting services, and slightly more are using cash reserves to continue operating.

Most of them say they'll deplete their reserves in about three months. About 80 say they’ll run out of money by the end of this month.

Rauner Issues State Disaster Proclamation For 23 Counties

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued a state disaster proclamation for 23 counties devastated by severe storms this summer and has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help assess the damages there.

Rauner on Monday said a series of storms in June and July caused heavy rainfall, flash and river flooding, tornadoes and straight-line winds in the 23 counties stretching from Alexander County on the Ohio River to Grundy County in north central Illinois.

A panel of lawmakers will weigh in Wednesday on the planned closure of two state facilities. But the final decision rests with the governor. 

Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed closing the state museum in Springfield and the Hardin County Work Camp to save money.  But many disagree, including central Illinois state Senator Andy Manar.

"I think the governor is correct in pointing out that operating a museum and preserving history comes at a cost.  But I, like thousands of others across the state, believe the cost is worth it," Manar said.

A Chicago alderman has proposed a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks in that city.  There is also an effort to make that happen statewide.

Elissa Bassler says this idea can both bring in revenue and improve health.  She's the CEO of the Illinois Public Health Institute and head of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity.

The definition of sugary drink would of course include soda.  But also juice and even teas and coffees that have sugar added. 

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An outside investigation of women’s basketball at the University of Illinois’s Urbana campus has found no evidence to support claims of abuse or racism by former players.

And athletic director Mike Thomas and Urbana Chancellor Phyllis Wise say there will be no personnel changes after seeing the findings by the Chicago law firm hired by the university to conduct the investigation. But they do expect other changes within U of I women’s basketball and other sports, and some of those were in the works before the lawsuit surfaced.

Local Schools Receive Fitness Centers

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Lincoln Middle School in Rockford is one of just three winning schools that will receive a state-of-the-art Live Positively Fitness Center.

The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils is supported by Governor Bruce Rauner and fitness icon Jake Steinfeld.

The Foundation provides Live Positively Fitness Centers that are fully funded through public and private partnerships with companies like Coca-Cola, Anthem Foundation and Nike. The National Foundation's goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world.

The person killed after a tent collapsed at a suburban Chicago festival has been identified.

Steven Nincic died during a brief storm during the Wood Dale Prairie Fest.

Fifteen people were injured and transported to local hospitals. Several others were treated at the scene and released.

The storms hit hardest yesterday about 50 miles north of Chicago. National Weather Service Meteorologist Ricky Castro says a tornado touched down near Grayslake. 

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Breastfeeding at Chicago's two major airports and others in Illinois will soon be easier under a new law endorsed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Rauner on Sunday signed legislation requiring large airports such as O'Hare and Midway International to have lactation rooms by 2017. Smaller airports in the state will have to add the private rooms when building new terminals or renovating existing ones.

A northern Illinois man was appointed to the Illinois Finance Authority by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Eric Anderberg brings more than 22 years of executive experience to the position. The Kirkland resident has been an officer of Dial Machine Inc., a family-owned contract machine shop in Rockford, since 1993.

He also is a member of the board of directors of Blackhawk Bancorp. 

Anderberg is a member of the Industrial Round Table of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He is an active advocate for American Manufacturing and has appeared on nationwide news programs.

Illinois Board of Higher Education

As the Illinois budget stalemate continues, universities and community colleges are already feeling the pain.

Last anybody heard, Gov. Bruce Rauner wanted to cut higher education spending drastically, by more than 30 percent. But with the budget stalled in the legislature, colleges have no idea how much money they’ll get. 

James Applegate, director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, says this kind of chaos costs money. 

“This is an extremely inefficient way to run a shop,” Applegate said.