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The former principal of a northern Illinois middle school has been charged with forgery and theft. 

Authorities say Jerome Wakitsch of Woodstock unlawfully withdrew thousands of dollars from various non-district bank accounts associated with the Parent Teacher Organization and the Fox Valley Junior High School Conference. 

Authorities say Wakitsch, who was an authorized user for both accounts, forged the signature of another authorized user on checks for the PTO account. Police said the stolen funds were allegedly used for personal gain. 

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A suburban Chicago county is seeing a record number of wildlife rabies cases.

Will County has confirmed rabies in 14 bats this season. That's one more than the previous record of 13 found in the county last year.

Eight of the bats have been found in the community of Homer Glen.

Animal Control Administrator Lee Schild says the bats likely are concentrated around Homer Glen because of its wooded areas, which contain sources of food and water. Schild says it's possible there will be more cases because there are still a few weeks of "peak bat activity" left in the year.

Peoria Settles Lawsuit Over Parody Twitter Account

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The City of Peoria is paying $125,000 to a man who created a parody Twitter account of the city’s mayor. The payment settles a federal lawsuit involving free speech and social media.

Jon Daniel’s home was raided last spring after he created the Twitter account that spoofed Peoria’s Mayor and included raunchy messages before it was suspended.

American Civil Liberties Union attorney Karen Sheley represented Daniel. She says the settlement compensates Daniel for being arrested and investigated but never charged with a crime.

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Government labor unions lost a fight with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday.

AFSCME and other unions say the governor is making unreasonable demands in contract negotiations. But the governor and like-minded Republicans, such as Representative Jeanne Ives of Wheaton, say unions are asking for more than Illinois can afford.

"Some of you are going to be winners, and some of you are going to be losers,” Ives said. “And what you're going to lose is your livelihood, because there's no other way to pay for this."

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Northern Illinois University leaders held a town hall meeting with employees yesterday to outline budget challenges. NIU President Doug Baker and top administrators talked about efforts to bring in more students and streamlining operations. They also answered questions about whether people will lose jobs under the state’s budget uncertainties.

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Last year, 269 people were killed in the US at rail crossings. 40% of those happened in just five states…and Illinois is one of them.

Illinois House Restores Medicaid For Heroin Treatment

Sep 2, 2015
WUIS

The latest on action at the state Capitol, where the Illinois House is expected to consider overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of union-related legislation and other measures (all times local): 

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A plan to restore state-subsidized child care assistance for low-income working parents has failed by one vote in the Illinois House.  

The Democrats' proposal Wednesday would have restored child care for parents who lost it when rules became more restrictive July 1. It received 70 ``yes'' votes but needed 71 to take effect immediately.  

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Illinois may miss a deadline to rule on proposals for more qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. The main sponsor of the program in the General Assembly says he’s not worried.

Monday went by without Illinois Public Health Director Nirav Shah ruling on whether to add 11 illnesses to the 40 to be covered when the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries open. That will likely be sometime in the fall. 

The list of recommendations from Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, osteoarthritis, and migraines. 

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A government labor union says it's confident the Illinois House will side with it over Gov. Bruce Rauner. A key vote on whether to override Rauner's veto of a union-backed bill is expected Wednesday.

The legislation would bar unions from striking and prohibit the governor from locking workers out. Instead, if the parties can’t agree on a contract, an arbitrator would decide.

Fishing in northern Illinois waterways can provide a great deal of sport, but it may also provide reason for concern.

While there are nutritional benefits of eating fish from Illinois lakes and rivers, contaminants can make fish less than ideal to eat.

The Illinois Department of Public Health issues a fish advisory for more than 90 waterways in the state. The “eatability” of fish from those waters is rated based on the size and species of fish commonly caught there.

The food safety of fish also varies according to where you fish in what body of water.

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