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4:51 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Election 2014: Tackling Education

Credit flickr user / Liz / "after view of my classroom" (CC BY 2.0)

The Republican candidate for Illinois governor says he’ll soon be talking more about his top priority - education. 

Bruce Rauner has been involved in education for years - giving lots of money to schools and programs he believes in. But expanding his vision in Illinois’ political climate is another matter altogether.

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Demand high, supplies low
2:32 am
Wed July 30, 2014

High-Priced Salt Forces Illinois Cities To Think Snow In July

Credit Larry Stephens

Nearly 200 Illinois communities are scrambling to find salt – at a reasonable price – for next winter. 

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Environment
5:57 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Quinn Orders State Officials To Bar PCB's From Landfill

Mahomet Aquifer
Credit Illinois State Water Survey

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is moving to stop an Illinois landfill from taking in toxic PCB’s. The governor ordered the state Environmental Protection Agency to rewrite the Clinton Landfill’s permit to block PCB’s.

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Higher Education
6:11 am
Mon July 28, 2014

NIU Faculty Lending Expertise To Myanmar Universities

NIU's Chris McCord
Credit NIU

Northern Illinois University is ramping up for efforts to help rebuild the university system in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Schools there are trying to recover from decades of oppression.

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Illinois
6:09 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Unions Hint Lawmakers Missed Chance To Negotiate Pensions

Credit state of Illinois

Legislators passed a law overhauling the state's retirement systems. Soaring pension debt remains a concern. The law's constitutionality is also in question. It reduces workers' and retirees' benefits, and raises the retirement age.

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Arts
2:59 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Rockford Symphony Names New Conductor For Youth Orchestra

Linc Smelser
Credit Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) has chosen Linc Smelser to be the next conductor of the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra (RSYO). The RSO announced the selection Friday.

In the announcement, RSO Music Director Steven Larsen said he was delighted to have Smelser as the RSYO's new conductor.

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DeKalb
1:00 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Full Speed Ahead For DeKalb Library Expansion

Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Saturday's groundbreaking for a $24 million dollar library expansion can't come soon enough for Dee Coover. The library director walked into her office this week to sweltering temperatures. She called to get the problem fixed and heard a familiar refrain from workers.

"It's been remodeled several times so everything is in the way of what I am trying to work on. It's just that everything is old...antiquated," said service technician Chad Phund.

He's been called to the to 80-year-old building several times to "put band-aids on band-aids."

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Free Range Radio and Conveyor
12:46 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Tell Your Summer Story, Take A Walk In The Park

Here we are, knee-deep in summer, with vacation on the mind this weekend.

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Election 2014
7:09 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Quinn Renews Call For Assault Weapons Ban

Credit WNIJ

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is bringing the debate over guns into his re-election campaign.

Quinn says the issue of military-style weapons represents a fundamental difference between his policies and and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner.

"My opponent thinks people should have assault weapons as they see fit. Do folks here agree with that? Do you agree with that?"

Quinn was speaking at a church on Chicago’s West Side to support a ban on high-capacity guns.

Rauner said people have a right to own so-called assault weapons at a primary debate back in February.

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Unemployment
7:04 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Jobless Rate Drops Again In Rockford

Credit IDES

The jobless rate in all of Illinois' metro areas dropped again last month. State officials Rockford's rate was 1.5 percent lower than the year before. 

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