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Election 2014
4:37 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Early Voting Underway In Illinois

Early voting started Monday and runs through Nov. 2. Early voting is expected to be healthy this election year due to a tight race between Governor Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. 

In Rockford, election officials report early voting has been "steady" with more than 200 people voting Monday.

DeKalb County officials also report more than 200 people voted on the first day, a majority of those in Sycamore.
 

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Health
6:07 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Women More Likely Than Men To Suffer Depression, Anxiety After Heart Attack

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A new study suggests women are more likely than men to suffer anxiety and depression after a heart attack.

Researchers from the European Society of Cardiology say patients with depression were six times more likely to die within six months after a heart attack than those without depression. The risk lasts 18 months after the heart attack.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Air Monitoring Continues At Cortland Elementary

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Some Cortland Elementary parents are still concerned about the air quality of the school. The Illinois Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit after dozens were sickened by a landfill odor in January. In September, Waste Management agreed to pay costs associated with the incident.

"In my eyes, nothing has changed, except maybe greater risk that there is more garbage coming in and that there is more construction going on over at the dump," mother Katie Bryant said.

She is now homeschooling her two children who previously attended Cortland Elementary.

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Environment
6:30 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Beware These Cute But Toxic Caterpillars

Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar
Credit UW-Milwaukee

Keep your eye out for the Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillar. Although none have been found in Illinois, there have been reports of them in Ohio and Indiana.

The Hickory Tussock Moth releases a toxic venom. If touched, they can cause an allergic reaction. While some people receive an itchy rash, others experienced swelling and nausea. 

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-Illinois
5:23 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Illinois Police Officials Call For Body Camera Law

Illinois law enforcement officials are calling for a state measure that governs the use of police body cameras.

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Wisconsin
8:36 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Candidates Meet For Final Debate Tonight

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Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke are scheduled to meet for their second and final debate.

Tonight's debate in Milwaukee will be broadcast nationwide.

The one-hour debate begins at 7 p.m. It is being broadcast live on about 100 radio and television stations, including statewide on public television and nationally on C-SPAN.

Walker argues he turned around the state's economy. Burke says Walker failed in his first term and isn't advocating for the middle class.

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Illinois
7:04 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Suspect In Custody For McHenry County Deputies Shootings

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McHenry County authorities say a man suspected of shooting two sheriff's deputies is in custody.

Scott Peters allegedly fired a rifle through the front door when deputies arrived at his home early Thursday for a wellness check. The sheriff says Peters fled after the shooting.

Peters was captured Thursday afternoon about two miles from his Holiday Hills home.

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Election 2014
6:42 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Campaign Finance Report Says Rauner Out-Raising, Out-Spending Quinn

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Republican Bruce Rauner is out-raising and out-spending Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn in their race for Illinois governor.

Quarterly campaign finance reports were due Wednesday.

In the last such report before the election, Rauner says he raised and spent more than 20 million dollars between July 1st and the end of last month. Quinn raised about 8 million dollars and spent more than 15 million.

The majority of Quinn’s money came from unions and other political committees. Rauner’s biggest contributor was himself.

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Medicare
6:30 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Seniors, Disabled People Can Get Free Help To Enroll In Medicare

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The Illinois Department on Aging says seniors and disabled people can get free help enrolling in Medicare now through early December.

Agency Director John Holton says deciding on coverage options can be overwhelming. Counselors from the agency's Senior Health Insurance Program can help beneficiaries and caregivers understand their options.

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-Illinois
5:35 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Illinois Lawmakers To Consider Police Body Cameras, Questions Remain

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Facts are often murky around shootings, whether or not they involve police officers, and eyewitness testimony can be unreliable.

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