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City of DeKalb

The DeKalb County Circuit Court has found that the property at 509 N. 7th Street to be hazardous and uninhabitable.

According to a news release, the Court ordered that the property be secured. The conditions in the house are not believed to present a threat to the general public at this time, but no person is permitted to enter the property without the City’s prior approval.

Rauner Signs Temporary Plan To Fill Budget Hole

Mar 27, 2015
Office of the Governor

Illinois Senators followed the lead of the House by approving a budget plan that fills a $1.6 billion hole.

The plan is supposed to rescue a program that subsidizes low-income families' daycare expenses and ensure the state can continue to pay prison guards and court reporters.

The package gives new Republican Governor Bruce Rauner some spending flexibility. It also dips into special state funds that have leftover cash and reduces spending in most state agencies and programs.

WIFR

DeKalb police say they identified nine more victims of sexual abuse by former substitute teacher Andrew Arison.

The victims were students in the early childhood program in the DeKalb School District and all were younger than age 13. The attacks happened between 2013 and through this month.

This brings the total number of allegedly abused children to 12. 

Arison faces a total of 19 charges. The new charges are in addition to existing ones of aggravated sexual abuse, predatory sexual assault of a child and possession of child pornography.

Janette Beckman

This weekend, the Amphion String Quartet joins with clarinetist David Shifrin for a concert at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford.

Health Officials Remind Residents To Get Wells Tested

Mar 27, 2015
USGS

Clean water is on the minds of many health officials. There's even a week in March devoted to groundwater awareness. Bill Hatfield is the Boone County Health Department Director of Environmental Health. He says testing is important because there are residents who haven’t had their wells tested in more than twenty years. 

“Protecting against pollution and so on, and it just kind of just goes along with that to test your well water because it’s underground and you never know what’s  happening-- you don’t see it.”

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The report of the death of passenger rail service to Rockford, to paraphrase Mark Twain, was an exaggeration.

That’s the position Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey took at a news conference today to clarify a comment Wednesday by Amtrak Representative Ray Lang to an Illinois House committee.

NIU

A recently released audit from the Illinois Office of the Auditor General found in a testing of travel expenditures, $31,945 of the $46,501 tested were reimbursements to an employee for travel between the employee’s home and the official headquarters listed on filed forms. The audit says "travel expenses between an employee’s official headquarters and home are not reimbursable."

Another Potential Candidate Surfaces For 18th District Seat

Mar 26, 2015
state of Illinois

Bloomington Construction Company owner Ed Brady may run for Congress in the 18th District. The seat will be vacant at the end of the month with the resignation of Representative Aaron Schock of Peoria.

Governor Bruce Rauner has until April 5th to announce a special election schedule. Ed Brady says he will make a final decision whether to run after the election is scheduled.

Flickr user Mike Mozart / "Heinz" (CC BY 2.0)

Illinois-based Kraft foods announced yesterday it's being bought by fellow food giant Heinz. The two companies will have a near-equal partnership, and say they'll keep their separate headquarters for now.

Kraft employs over 3,000 Illinoisans between its suburban Northfield headquarters and its downstate Champaign processing plant, which is the largest in North America.

Champaign County Chamber of Commerce president Laura Weis says the plant has been a boon to the region's economy.

Guy Stephens / WNIJ

The NIU School of Theatre and Dance opens its production of British playwright Peter Barnes’ ‘Red Noses’ Thursday night , March 26, at Huntley Middle School in DeKalb.  The play, set at a time the Black Death was killing millions of people in medieval Europe, is a comedy. 

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