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Lawsuit Alleges Illinois Abortion Coverage Expansion Is Illegal

A group of state lawmakers and anti-abortion organizations have joined a lawsuit against a new Illinois law that allows state money to pay for some abortions. The suit, filed in Sangamon County Circuit Court by the Thomas More Society, argues the law is illegal because the legislature did not properly approve money for this purpose. According to a news release from the Thomas More Society, Special Counsel Peter Breen drafted the lawsuit. “The people of Illinois totally reject taxpayer-funded...

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Rockford, IL – The Village of Maple Park is reeling after its mayor and eight others were arrested last Friday (May 28) on charges of taking part in an illegal gambling operation. Some in the village want to mayor to resign. But as WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports, many residents are upset that the state targeted their town.

St. Charles, IL – State lawmakers will have to approve a budget by the end of the month. As part of the governor's proposed cuts this year, the Illinois Department of Corrections budget will be 92-million dollars smaller. It plans to close two facilities to save. One of them is an Illinois Youth Center that some call a one of a kind facility. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports.

Utica Tornado

May 19, 2004

Utica, IL – Eight people were killed by the tornado that swept through Utica on April 20th. Rescue teams using heavy equipment and shovels found the last of the victims in the rubble of a restaurant that collapsed: those who died were seeking refuge in the building's basement. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports on how residents are beginning to cope.

Rockford, IL – Earlier this year, Sports Illustrated Magazine named Rockford the top sportstown in Illinois. But Sports Illustrated's senior contributing writer, Frank DeFord apparently had little to do with that designation. WNIJ's Chris Lehman spoke with Deford during his recent visit to the Forest City...

St. Charles, IL – A juvenile corrections facility in St. Charles could be around for just six more months, if the state decides to close it down. The move is part of the Department of Corrections' 92-million dollar cost savings plan. But opponents say there won't be any savings. WNIJ's Simone Orendain has the first part in a series about the Illinois Youth Center.

St. Charles, IL – The Illinois Department of Corrections will be working with a budget that's 92-million dollars less next year. It plans to close an Illinois Youth Center west of Chicago, as a cost saving measure. And this concerns families, employees, state lawmakers and the surrounding community. WNIJ's Simone Orendain has the third and final part of this series.

DeKalb, IL – Cavel International says its horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb will re-open soon. A fire took the facility offline two years ago. In the meantime, debate has heated up over whether horses should be killed for their meat. WNIJ's Chris Lehman spoke with two horse owners who stand on opposite sides of the issue.

Sycamore, IL – The bordering cities of DeKalb and Sycamore coexist peacefully. The two cities aren't just headed by mayors, they're run by managers. And both city managers say things weren't always peaceful when it came to economic interests. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports.

Chicago, IL – A documentary on post-9/11 immigration follows the struggles of Pakistani immigrants in Chicago.

Beloit, Wisconsin – It's been nearly forty years since singer Arlo Guthrie was inspired to write "Alice's Restaurant." The long-monologue-of-a-song was a hit in the Woodstock-era, but don't expect him to play it if you see him in concert. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports. (note: Arlo Guthrie performed at Beloit College on April 13th, 2004.)

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You can see how different Tesla is from the rest of the car companies at a place like the LA Auto Show. The tiny Tesla booth has only one car on display. There's no glitz, or models leaning seductively. But it was swamped during a showing for journalists.

That lone car is Tesla's Model 3, aimed at the mass market. It's not the only car that's supposed to take Tesla mainstream but also bring it to profitability.

But CEO Elon Musk's company has missed its production goals, and analysts wonder whether he's spreading himself too thin.

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Making the rounds on Capitol Hill yesterday was Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. He was talking up his tax cuts in Kansas from 2012 as a model for the GOP to follow in its national tax plan. Thing is, the five years since those Kansas tax cuts were put in place have not been kind to the governor or his state.  

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How will corporations spend their tax cuts?

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At the heart of the GOP tax plan is a big cut to the corporate tax rate. Republicans argue that will stimulate economic growth once companies invest those savings. But there is something else corporations could do that money: give it to shareholders. 

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Trade in bitcoin at your own risk

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Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency is on a wild and volatile ride. The price of a coin has grown ten-fold in the past year, hitting a high of more than $11,000 for one bitcoin yesterday, before tumbling some 20 percent this morning. Everybody, it seems, wants in on the action. But a growing number of economists and investment advisors are trying to warn people off the stuff. Here’s why.

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