Train Crashes Into Hoboken Terminal, Killing 1, Injuring Scores Of People

A commuter train in New Jersey crashed into Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey on Thursday morning, resulting in multiple injuries and visible structural damage.One person was killed and at least 65 people were injured, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York. New Jersey transit officials said at least 100 people were hurt, Stephen Nessen of WNYC reports.Joseph Scott, the CEO of Jersey City Medical Center, said the hospital had admitted some victims in critical or serious condition.Gov. Chris...
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US Judge Won't Stay Ruling On Illinois Voter Registration

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It's been nearly eight months since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, leaving the nation's highest court short-handed, and evenly divided on some of the most important legal issues of the day.

While Democrats had expected to exploit GOP stonewalling on a replacement, Republicans have played the issue shrewdly.

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Donald Trump visited a Chicago suburb Wednesday to raise money for his presidential campaign.

The GOP nominee’s motorcade entered the Bolingbrook Golf Club through a back entrance and avoided the “Peaceful Demonstration Zone.”

About 150 protestors booed guests who entered the event, including Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar.

Demonstrator Ryan Miller is part of a Sousaphones Against Hate, a group that proceeded to play Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”

“I think it’s really disappointing that the mayor would do this, and bring this fella to this town,” he said.

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Champaign police released more details about a recent off-campus shooting. 

18-year-old Robbie Patton is wanted for murder and aggravated battery for firing shots during a fight outside an apartment building in Campustown.  The gunfire wounded three people and killed George Korchev of Mundelein.

Champaign was the site of several shootings over the past few years. But this incident attracted statewide attention for occurring just blocks from the U of I campus. Campus Police Chief Jeff Christensen emphasized efforts to keep the area safe.

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A federal judge has approved an improvement plan for Illinois' child welfare agency that includes reforms for helping children with psychological, emotional and behavioral problems.

U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Alonso signed off on the overhaul on Wednesday. The roughly 60-page document is part of a longtime consent decree aimed at improving care. It follows an American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois lawsuit.

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He may call himself the leader of Illinois' Republican Party, but Governor Bruce Rauner is continuing his refusal to weigh in on this year's biggest election.

A record-setting audience of roughly 80 million people tuned in to watch Monday's presidential debate.

The next day, a reporter asked Rauner if he did the same.  

"I did not," the governor responded.  

Which means Rauner didn't hear Donald Trump's comments about Illinois' largest city.

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New data show that the percentage of Illinois youth diagnosed with concussions grew by 83 percent between 2010 and 2015.

The Chicago Tribune reports that diagnosed concussions among Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois members between the ages of 10 and 19 increased from a rate of 7.6 per 1,000 members in 2010 to 14 per 1,000 members in 2015.

Blue Cross is Illinois' largest insurer with over 8 million members.

Blue Cross senior medical director Dr. Stephanie Vomvouras attributes the increase to greater awareness of concussions.

Dixon Appoints New City Clerk

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Dixon is restructuring its finance department by appointing a new city clerk. 

The department’s office manager, Becky Fredericks, will take the position, while retaining her key finance and HR duties.  The job shift is expected to save the city around $70,000 each year. Saukvalley.com reports  some managerial duties will return to Finance Director Paula Meyer, while others will be spread among current administrative staff.

DeKalb County Judge Robin Stuckert will meet with interested parties today in cases related to the 2015 death of Oluwarotimi “Timi” Okedina.

Police arrested two students and another man in 2015 after Okedina plunged to his death Sept. 26 from an 11th story window in the Stephenson Towers residence hall. 

A federal judge has put limits on election-day voter registration in Illinois.

The law in question allowed people in the most-populated parts of the state to register at their polling place, while the county seat was the only option for rural voters.

Jacob Huebert, with the conservative Liberty Justice Center which sued over the law, said it wasn’t fair.

“That’s giving an opportunity — an important opportunity — to people in high-population counties that it doesn’t give to people in low-population counties,” he said.

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