Local http://northernpublicradio.org en Illinois Tourism Sets Another Record http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-tourism-sets-another-record <div style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px;"><p>There were more than 100 million visitors to Illinois in 2013. State agencies aim to grow those numbers more in the face of budget cuts.&nbsp;</p><p>For the third year in a row, Illinois broke its own record for visitors to the state. In 2013, travelers spent $34.5 billion dollars in Illinois, according to the state's office of tourism.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:04:36 +0000 Hannah Meisel 50481 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Tourism Sets Another Record GOP: Continue State Probe Of Anti-Violence Program http://northernpublicradio.org/post/gop-continue-state-probe-anti-violence-program <p>Illinois Republicans say they want to continue a legislative investigation into a mismanaged anti-violence program.</p><p>That goes against the wishes of the federal government.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Justice asked Illinois state lawmakers to postpone their hearings on the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.</p><p>Governor Pat Quinn’s advisors who ran the anti-violence program have been subpoenaed by a legislative committee looking into why it was so poorly managed.</p><p>Federal prosecutors have also issued subpoenas related to the program.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:48:09 +0000 Tony Arnold 50478 at http://northernpublicradio.org GOP: Continue State Probe Of Anti-Violence Program Tensions Rise With Waters Over Flood Expense http://northernpublicradio.org/post/tensions-rise-waters-over-flood-expense <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="There&#039;s an irony to the arch on the entranceway of Clarksville&#039;s park, which reads &quot;Touch the Mississippi.&quot; Normally, that requires stooping down; now the river laps up a main downtown drag, and comes to you." data-attribution="Credit Amanda Vinicky" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201407/IMG_0307.JPG" alt="" /><p>Heavy rains have led to flooding all across the Midwest in recent days: in Iowa, Illinois, and in the small town of Clarksville, Missou Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:06:39 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 50465 at http://northernpublicradio.org Tensions Rise With Waters Over Flood Expense UPDATE: Initial Autopsy Results Show DeKalb County Man Shot http://northernpublicradio.org/post/update-initial-autopsy-results-show-dekalb-county-man-shot <div><p style="margin: 0in 0in 7pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><strong>6:30 pm, 7/10/14</strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 7pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">The DeKalb County man whose body was found Wednesday in the Kishwaukee&nbsp;River died of a gunshot wound to the head. That's the word today from <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/233428688/Schulz-Sheriff-s-Report">the DeKalb County Coroner.</a></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 7pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department says the autopsy and investigation turned up no signs of a struggle or trauma. 23 year old Steven Schulz was reported missing earlier this week: his pickup was found near the Kishwaukee&nbsp;River in northern DeKalb County. A full autopsy report will be available in the near future, after lab results are returned.</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 7pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">A dive team called in from St. Charles found the gun police believe was used to shoot Schulz. The case is still being investigated by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, although Sheriff Roger Scott says there is no threat to public safety.</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 7pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:03:48 +0000 WNIJ 50289 at http://northernpublicradio.org UPDATE: Initial Autopsy Results Show DeKalb County Man Shot Same-Sex Marriage Licenses In Illinois Top 5,000 http://northernpublicradio.org/post/same-sex-marriage-licenses-illinois-top-5000 <p>A <a href="http://www.equalityillinois.us/news-media-2/press-releases/more-than-5000-couples-now-enjoying-marriage-equality-in-illinois/" target="_blank">new survey</a> from the advocacy group Equality Illinois finds more than 5,000 same-sex couples in Illinois have marriage licenses. Illinois' law took effect June 1. Some counties, including DeKalb and Cook, issued licenses before that date. Of those, 1,694 civil unions were converted into marriages.</p><p></p><p>The group finds several counties, including DeKalb and Ogle, do not keep a record of same-sex marriages.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:43:14 +0000 Andrew Epstein & WNIJ 50417 at http://northernpublicradio.org Same-Sex Marriage Licenses In Illinois Top 5,000 Top 25 By '25: Ambitious Vision For Rockford http://northernpublicradio.org/post/top-25-25-ambitious-vision-rockford <p>Energy was high at the Coronado Theater last night: it has been more than seven months since Transform Rockford held its first community rally there, asking people to help create an ambitious plan for the city.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:59:02 +0000 Susan Stephens 50411 at http://northernpublicradio.org Top 25 By '25: Ambitious Vision For Rockford Illinois Ends Fiscal Year In The Black...Temporarily http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-ends-fiscal-year-blacktemporarily <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state took in over a billion dollars more in taxes than the prior year, thanks to an uptick in sales tax money.&nbsp; Personal income tax revenue also rose , but the amount coming from corporate income taxes dropped. It's something Jim </span>Muschinske<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a budget forecaster for the state, said was predicted.</span></p><p>"That was not unexpected. In fact, we actually did better this fiscal year than what was initially assumed back when the budget was passed," Muschinske said.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:16:59 +0000 Hannah Meisel 50402 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Ends Fiscal Year In The Black...Temporarily Washington, NIU Address Campus Sexual Assaults http://northernpublicradio.org/post/washington-niu-address-campus-sexual-assaults <p>A <a href="http://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/SurveyReportwithAppendix.pdf" target="_blank">new survey</a> of the nation's top colleges and universities will help shape legislation addressing on-campus sexual assaults. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri calls it “disturbing” that 41 percent of the responding institutions said they have not carried out any sexual assault investigations in five years.</p><p>“Which means they are saying there has been zero incidents of sexual assault on their campuses. That is hard to believe and obviously very problematic,” McCaskill said.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:08:53 +0000 Jenna Dooley & KWMU 50401 at http://northernpublicradio.org Washington, NIU Address Campus Sexual Assaults Federal Judge Roszkowski Remembered As A "Great American" http://northernpublicradio.org/post/federal-judge-roszkowski-remembered-great-american <p>Funeral services for federal judge Stanley Roszkowski are set for Saturday in Rockford. The man who helped establish a permanent federal court in Rockford died Monday at the age of 91.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:56:41 +0000 Susan Stephens 50367 at http://northernpublicradio.org Federal Judge Roszkowski Remembered As A "Great American" Group To Reveal Vision For Rockford Tonight http://northernpublicradio.org/post/group-reveal-vision-rockford-tonight <p>It has taken hundreds of people pulling together at dozens of community meetings to get to this point: tonight, the group “Transform Rockford” will reveal its draft of a vision for the city at <a href="http://transformrockford.org/visionrally14/">a rally at the Coronado Theater</a>, starting at 6:30.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:15:19 +0000 Susan Stephens 50341 at http://northernpublicradio.org Group To Reveal Vision For Rockford Tonight