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ComEd Calls For Lawmakers To Support Overhaul Of Energy Regulations

The leader of Illinois' largest utility is appealing to lawmakers’ competitive spirits to get them on board with overhauling energy regulations. ComEd CEO Ann Pramaggiore says many Fortune 500 companies have committed to meeting sustainable energy goals. "No one has claimed this leadership mantle. New York is in the race. The big California cities are contenders as well. And while they have more technology than New York, their markets are no more robust. Clean energy leadership is Chicago’s...
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DeKalb officials are examining the results of a study with recommendation on how to make the local airport more self-sufficient.  

Sixel Consulting's report notes DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport  has an annual economic impact of nearly $11 million, and generates 81 jobs.  However, it relies on annual subsidies from the city to balance its budget.  

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The Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Youth is working to prevent lead poisoning. 

Illinois has one of the highest rates of lead levels in children.  State Public Health Director Nirav Shah says addressing the problem will require a multifaceted approach.  

"We want to make sure we're screening... children who are at high risk for led, zeroing on the source of the issue, and then making sure we're connecting those children not only with the clinical care they need, but also with the social services to make sure that the effects of lead aren't felt."

Strike Averted For Rockford Mass Transit District

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Buses will continue on a regular schedule Tuesday following a threatened bus driver strike.

A tentative agreement has been reached through collective bargaining, which will be passed on to the drivers and RMTD Board of Trustees for approval. 

All RMTD services, including Fixed Route, Rockford Paratransit, and Stateline Mass Transit will operate as usual until further notice.

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New research shows cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in southern states where smoking is more common and tobacco control policies are less strict.

The American Cancer Society study found the highest rate among men in Arkansas, where 40 percent of cancer deaths were linked to cigarette smoking.

Kentucky had the highest rate among women - 29 percent.

The lowest rates were in Utah, where 22 percent of cancer deaths in men and 11 percent in women were linked with smoking.

New research finds little lies pave the way for big ones.

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The Illinois State Board of Elections is assuring voters of the integrity of the ballot box.  This comes as Donald Trump continues to claim that the election is "rigged."

Assistant Director Jim Tenuto says tampering with electronic voting machines or coordinating a statewide effort to cheat would be difficult.  

WNIJ's Gas Price Monday: October 24, 2016

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The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.20.  This is six cents cheaper than last week's average.  

AAA reports the most expensive gas can be found in the City of Chicago, at $2.58 per gallon.  By contrast, the state's cheapest gas can be found in Champaign-Urbana, with an average per-gallon price of $1.95.  

Rockford's average price is $2.14 per gallon.  

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Illinois makes it tough for independent and third-party candidates to run for office, especially when compared with the petition rules for Democratic and Republican candidates.  

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says there’s good reason for some disparity.

“Those of us ... many of us here are invested in a party structure that invests a lot in making sure we field a slate of candidates, year in, year out, election after election," Durbin said. "If you want to appear out of nowhere and be treated similarly, you have to have a claim of legitimacy."

The National Weather Service released its outlook for November and following months.

It says climate pattern “La Niña,” which is known for sea surface temperatures dropping lower-than-normal, could make a presence this year.

However, State Climatologist Jim Angel says it could be weak.


Two weeks ago, control of the U.S. Senate could be determined by a flip of the coin. Today, Democrats have a 70% to 75% chance of retaking the upper chamber.

That's according to Matt Streb, a political scientist at Northern Illinois University. Streb spoke to WNIJ about the Wisconsin and Illinois Senate races, plus eight U.S. House races in the WNIJ area. We'll feature those interviews each morning this week.


News From NPR

Four people have died at an amusement park in Australia after an accident on a water ride on Tuesday.

The victims were all adults — two men and two women — Stuart Cohen reports from Sydney. The accident occurred at Dreamworld Amusement Park, a popular destination on Australia's Gold Coast, Cohen tells NPR.

An attack on a police academy in Quetta, Pakistan, has left more than 60 people dead and more than 100 injured, NPR's Philip Reeves reports.

Most of the dead were young police cadets, he says.

"The cadets were asleep when the assault began. One survivor says three or four gunmen barged into their dormitory and started firing," Philip reports. "Some cadets escaped by jumping off the roof. Officials say all the attackers are now dead, and that two detonated suicide vests."

The Amorphophallus titanum is a striking plant even before you get close enough to smell it. Its scientific name means giant, misshapen phallus and it is not hard to see why. A giant column called a spadix rises 7 feet into the air from the center of a pleated funnel.

Lipton tea can be found in almost any grocery store, and the brand is just about synonymous with industrial Big Tea. So tea enthusiasts who sniff at the familiar square bags might be surprised that once upon a time, Lipton was known as the "farm to table" of the tea world. In fact, it was sold with the catchy slogan "direct from tea garden to tea pot."

So how did Thomas Lipton build this tea empire?

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