Sean Spicer Resigns As Press Secretary In White House Communications Shake-Up

Updated at 3:02 p.m. ET The White House communications operation underwent a dramatic shake-up Friday. Sean Spicer resigned as press secretary, after President Trump appointed Anthony Scaramucci, a wealthy New York financier, as his communications director. Appearing on camera before the White House press corps at a televised press briefing, Scaramucci then named Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Spicer's deputy, as the new press secretary. The personnel changes come six months after President Trump...

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The Illinois unemployment rate increased slightly in June while nonfarm payrolls increased by nearly 9,000 jobs.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported the preliminary data Thursday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Unemployment inched up 0.1 percentage point in June to settle at 4.7 percent.

Employment Security Director Jeff Mays also revised May job-growth numbers up sharply. They were reported at just over 11,000 new jobs rather than 2,400 as earlier reported.

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The Rockford Public School District is hosting a teacher job fair for those looking to move forward in their careers in sculpting young minds.

Some specific areas of teaching will be special targets, but Mercedes Brain – the Director of Talent Acquisition for Rockford Public Schools – says that shouldn’t discourage anyone from attending the fair.

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Residents of flood-ravaged counties in northern Illinois will not face state penalties or interest for late state income tax filings or payments, according to a declaration Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

McHenry, Kane, Lake and Cook Counties were declared state disaster areas as a result of floods earlier this month.

The waiver applies to affected taxpayers for payments or returns due between July 11 and December 31.

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Brendt Christensen entered a “not guilty” plea Thursday in a federal courtroom in Urbana to the charge of kidnapping a visiting scholar from China. The hearing lasted less than five minutes.

Prosecutors accuse Christensen, a recent University of Illinois graduate student, of abducting Yingying Zhang from a campus bus stop June 9.

When it comes to U.S. sanctions against Moscow, the Cold War has never really ended.

President Gerald Ford signed off on trade restrictions against the Soviet Union and other communist countries in a 1974 measure known as the Jackson-Vanik amendment, for its congressional sponsors.

The message to Moscow: If you deny basic human rights — in this case, the right of certain people, especially Jews, to emigrate from the Soviet Union — you can't conduct normal business with the United States.

League Of Women Voters of Greater Rockford Turns 95

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The League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford celebrates its 95th Anniversary Friday.

A history of the League and its prominent suffragists will be on display at the Ethnic Heritage Museum in Rockford.  

Among the accomplishments highlighted will be the improvement of safety protocols at the Byron nuclear power plant in the 1980s and the travel of four league members to China when the country’s borders first opened in the 1970s.

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 A coalition of social-service providers owed money by Illinois state government is seeking more time to appeal its lawsuit to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Andrea Durbin, chairwoman of Pay Now Illinois, said that Thursday was the deadline to appeal a lawsuit against the state to the high court. But the coalition petitioned to postpone the deadline to Sept. 30.

Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees

The Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees and the faculty union have reached an agreement for their five-year contract, starting this academic year.

College and union officials came to an agreement after four months of weekly meetings. Some terms of the contract include annual salary raises of 2.5 to 3 percent over five years, starting salaries based on certain credentials, and changes to health insurance benefits. 

Nine months ago an exciting event took place that made thousands of people wildly exuberant and happily exhausted. Oh, and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series too. And now, it's a Cubs baby boomlet.

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A major credit rating agency says Illinois won't see its rating lowered to "junk" but warns the state still faces serious financial challenges and long-term risks.

On Thursday, Moody's Investors Service affirmed the current Illinois rating with a negative outlook, saying a downgrade remains possible in the next two years.

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When Donald Trump Jr. agreed to meet Natalia Veselnitskaya last summer, she was introduced to him as a "Russian government attorney" with dirt on Hillary Clinton. After it turned out that Veselnitskaya couldn't deliver the goods, the meeting ended quickly.

Iraq has declared military victory over ISIS in Mosul, but the painstaking process of rooting out the group’s influence in the devastated city continues.

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