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Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Communities across the country hold parades and ceremonies for Memorial Day.  An incomplete list of observances in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin follows. Cities are listed in alphabetical order. Unless otherwise noted (*), the events take place on Monday, May 30.

Algonquin holds a Memorial Day Ceremony at 10:30 a.m.at Riverfront Park, 201 N. Harrison St. The ceremony will include guest speakers and singers, 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps

  Communities across the nation are honoring their men and women who died while serving in the military. Some northern Illinois towns will read their names during solemn ceremonies: some hold parades to remind others of their sacrifice. Gary Seymour says it’s also an important day for veterans to understand they are not alone. He’ll march in Rockford’s Memorial Day parade as commander of the Navy Club of Rockford and as a veteran of the Vietnam War. He says he expects to see veterans of all ages along the parade route.

WNIJ's Gas Price Monday: May 30, 2016

10 hours ago
Susan Stephens

  The average Illinois price of a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.48, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report.  This is seven cents higher than last week. 

The most expensive gas in the state is in Chicago, at $2.79 per gallon. 

The cheapest gas can be found in Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, at $2.30/gallon.  

Rockford’s average price is $2.32 per gallon.   This matches the national average.  

Target Corporation

Target Corporation announced earlier this year it planned to add hundreds of jobs at its DeKalb distribution center.  As of the end of May, the company is well on its way to that goal.

The DeKalb facility is being converted into what Target calls an upstream distribution center. That means it serves other, regional distribution centers “downstream” in the supply chain.  It will be just one of three in the country.  Mike Milano is senior director of distribution at the DeKalb center. He says the expanded facility now serves a wide territory. 

NIU Retiree Rose From Student To Dean

11 hours ago

Promod Vohra chose Northern Illinois University for graduate studies three decades ago because he found the campus a friendly and welcoming place.

As he prepares to retire as dean of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology he has good memories and high hopes for his university.

Vohra is looking forward to his newest plans, which include being Senior Vice President for global human resources and talent management strategies at American Cyber Systems, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Streator Golf Course Goes Planetary

May 28, 2016
Chase Cavanaugh

Public parks and outdoor attractions often are an important part of urban planning. Yet, apart from pure green space, it’s sometimes a struggle to keep existing attractions relevant and in business.

Streator is a small city in north central Illinois, whose greatest claim to fame is as the birthplace of Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered Pluto. The city holds an annual Pluto-fest in his honor, and Anderson Fields, a 9-hole municipal golf course, has gotten in on the action.

100 Club of Chicago

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a plan to reduce Chicago's payments to its police and fire pension funds for each of the next five years.

He says it's the kind of “irresponsible” practice that led to Illinois' deep financial woes.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said after the Friday veto that the Republican governor “just told every Chicago taxpayer to take a hike.'' Emanuel says it will lead to ``the Rauner tax.''

The Legislature approved the measure last year. Democrats said it would save the retirement funds without crushing taxpayers.

Flickr user Brent Hoard "ECU School of Education Class Room" (CC BY 2.0)

The Illinois Senate has approved a second method for revamping school funding just days before the Legislature's scheduled adjournment.

The proposal by Democratic Sen. Kimberly Lightford of Maywood would rewrite the state-aid formula beginning with the 2017-2018 school year with an interim funding and fairness boost for his fall. It passed 31-18.

The interim plan would establish a funding "foundation" for each district similar to Bunker Hill Democratic Sen. Andy Manar's plan the Senate OK'd this month.

The director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice has announced her resignation.

    

A news release from Gov. Bruce Rauner's office on Friday says Candice Jones is “transitioning out of the administration” and will leave June 1.

Rauner named agency operations director Jesse Montgomery as acting director.

The release did not say why Jones is resigning after two years. A spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Where Illinois’ Medical Marijuana Program Stands

May 27, 2016

Illinois’ medical marijuana program is just getting started.  The first stores opened last fall and some 6,000 people are now approved to buy cannabis through the pilot program. That number is much smaller than what many advocates say is needed to create a viable business.  There are a number of factors behind the slower-than-expected rollout of a pilot program scheduled to expire in January 2018.

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