The Russia Investigations: Mueller Indicts The 'Internet Research Agency'

This week in the Russia investigations: A major new indictment from the special counsel's office that charges thirteen individuals and three companies and shakes up the political rhetoric as new facts are revealed in the sprawling imbroglio. Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller prefers to let his work do the talking for him. On Friday, he delivered a stemwinder . Thirteen Russians and three Russian entities were indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with the attack on...

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The “Me Too” movement brought attention to the issue of sexual harassment in entertainment. But the problem manifests itself in the sciences as well.

Research shows that sexual harassment is most likely to occur in organizations that tolerate it - and in those dominated by men.

“With both Hollywood and sciences, both of those things often hold,” says Kate Clancy, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois.

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A grant will give migrant workers better access to diplomatic and legal resources across several northern Illinois counties.

The Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project, or FLAP, fights against “human labor trafficking” of migrant workers across Illinois.

Executive Director Alexandra Sossa says this exploitation often comes from deceptive employers.

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This WNIJ special originally aired in 2008 and is a compilation of news coverage, commentary, and event audio gathered by WNIJ's news team. Hosted by Bill Drake.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his budget address for Fiscal Year 2019, which begins July 1, at a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield.

He called for pension reforms, criminal-justice reform, and completion of a 200-bed veterans' home in Chicago -- in addition to adopting policies that will cut down on waste and unnecessary expense. He cited an example at the Governor's Mansion:

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Ten years ago today, a former Northern Illinois University student opened fire in a classroom. Five students were killed; 17 more were shot; and four others were injured while escaping. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens remembers what it was like to be on campus then and in the difficult days that followed.

There are five faces that stay with you. Five students who will always be here, on the NIU campus in DeKalb. Five students who will never get to follow the community motto adopted from the Huskie fight song, “Forward, Together Forward.”

Fermilab

The U.S. House has passed a measure Tuesday sponsored by a northern Illinois Congressman that increases funding at two federal labs in Illinois.

 

14th District Representative Randy Hultgren said the Accelerating American Leadership in Science Act will do just that, by making sure the Fermi and Argonne national laboratories, and the U.S., remain go-to destinations for the world’s best and brightest in science.  

Chicago Police Department

Chicago's police chief says a high-ranking member of the department has died after being shot at a state government building downtown.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters that Cmdr. Paul Bauer was shot several times. The 53-year-old was off-duty when he went to assist tactical officers pursuing a fleeing robbery suspect near the James R. Thompson Center shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Johnson says the suspect was taken into custody and a gun was recovered at the scene.

CDC

Officials say there are two more laboratory-confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease among residents of a veterans' home in western Illinois. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Monday night that its engineering staff has removed faucets from the residents' rooms at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy, collected water samples and taken other steps to ensure safe water.

The department says the two residents with the respiratory illness are doing well. The disease is caused by bacteria in water vapor that's inhaled.

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Powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is dismissing calls to resign after a campaign worker for Illinois Democrats says it took party officials too long to respond after she reported sexual harassment by a male supervisor last year.

Madigan fired long-time political consultant Kevin Quinn Monday after an investigation found he sent inappropriate text messages to a colleague.

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Across the country, states desperate to prevent opioid addiction are considering medical cannabis as a solution.

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Black Panther pounced on the weekend box office, breaking cultural barriers and earning the highest debut ever for a February film, with an estimated three-day domestic gross of $192 million, said Disney, Marvel's parent company.

The opening was the fifth highest-earning of any film, according to Disney. The only other movies that have brought in more are Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic World and The Avengers, according to The Associated Press.

President Trump spent the weekend at his his Mar-a-Lago resort tweeting about the Russia investigation after a federal grand jury on Friday indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies in connection with what prosecutors describe as a covert Russian campaign to help Trump win the presidency.

All 65 people aboard an Aseman Airlines plane were feared dead when it slammed into Mount Dena in central Iran Sunday during a bout of bad weather, authorities told the Iranian state broadcaster.

But there was so much fog and rain that rescue crews had been unable to reach the crash site via helicopter and were hoping a drone could aid in their search, reports IRNA, the country's official news agency.

The Trump administration is proposing to dramatically cut funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a move critics say is an ongoing assault on the 7-year-old agency.

The bureau was championed by Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats and created in the wake of the financial crisis to protect Americans from getting ripped off by financial firms.

John Corigliano is one of America's most acclaimed composers. He's won a Pulitzer, an Oscar and five Grammys, and he's still hard at work, having turned 80 on Feb. 16.

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