Vets Try To Calm Fears Of Canine Influenza

May 1, 2015
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Veterinarians in northern Illinois are putting residents at ease over recent reports of dog flu in the Chicago area.

Dr. David Emmert, of Prairie View Animal Hospital in DeKalb, says most dogs don’t need to be vaccinated for the dog flu.

“You know we’re really trying to address all those on a case-by-case basis because the media hype has generated a little bit of panic among some pet owners.”

Emmert says pet owners should consider the factors of their dogs’ interaction with other dogs.

Students Urged To Donate College Clutter

May 1, 2015

NIU and Goodwill want to collect gently used items from students during their move-out, which runs from now until May 11th.

Donation bins are set outside the residence halls as an easy and free clean-up solution.  

The donation drive encourages students to do something good by donating their unwanted items to reduce waste and boost existing sustainability practices on campus.

Where Is Ex-Rep. Aaron Schock?

May 1, 2015

An attorney pursuing a federal lawsuit against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Peoria says he can’t find the beleaguered Republican ex-lawmaker to serve him in the civil case.

Daniel Kurowski filed the lawsuit on April 15 on behalf of Chicago resident Howard Foster, who donated $500 to Schock’s campaign in 2012. Kurowski told U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood that he has been unable to locate Schock to serve papers.

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  Illinois Department of Corrections officials say they still do not know when they will have enough beds to care for prisoners with mental illnesses.

The prison system has been in a legal battle over mental health care since 2007.

Late last year the state submitted a remedial plan to a federal judge, but prisoners suing say the department isn’t following it.

In a new court filing, the state says it still doesn’t know when all 12 hundred beds required will be added.

Jennifer Vollen Katz is with prison watchdog The John Howard Association.

The director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum supports the proposed separation of the museum from its current government home, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. 

But Sunny Fischer, the chair of the IHPA, says the existing structure works well as it is.

"This structure calls for IHPA to handle administrative work like accounting and human resources, while leaving the presidential library and museum free to focus on serving the public as it has done so well," Fischer said.

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There's a new player in a battle over energy policy that's playing out at the Illinois Capitol.

Exelon wants support for its nuclear plants, a renewable energy coalition wants to require more wind and solar, and now a coal company and its supporters want in on the action.

The latest push would give the state's coal industry a boost.

Members of the Illinois House observed a moment of silence for peace in Baltimore before adjourning for the week. 

There were riots in the city this week following the death of Freddie Gray while he was in police custody. 

The moment of silence in Springfield was led by State Representative Marcus Evans. The Chicago Democrat says he's proud of bipartisan efforts to make Illinois a better place.

"Fighting the battle for equality here in Illinois, for restorative justice here in Illinois," Evans said. "We've got a lot of work to do."

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A top official with Gov. Bruce Rauner's office confirms Illinois will restore $26 million in funding for a tobacco quitline, programs for autistic children and other social service grants. 

Projections show the state is taking in more money than expected.  While some cuts will remain, the windfall frees up money to reverse the cuts Rauner made with little warning on Good Friday, in early April.

The news has Joanne Guthrie-Gard beaming. 

"I'm ecstatic," she said. "I'm so excited."


Artigras, a campus and community celebration of the arts, takes place this Saturday in DeKalb.  Dana Stover is one of the organizers of Artigras. She says the idea for a celebration that would include everyone in the DeKalb area began at a student art reception that she and her husband, NIU President Doug Baker, held at their home last year.


Proposed cuts to Amtrak in next year's budget could mean less public transportation for Illinois. 

Dan Johnson is a representative for the High Speed Rail Association. He blames the lack of funding on the rollback of the temporary income tax hike at the end of last year. 

Johnson says the state needs the additional revenue from higher taxes.