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7:09 am
Tue September 30, 2014

NIU Releases New Annual Security Report

Credit NIU Today

Northern Illinois University released its annual Campus Safety and Security Report. Burglaries were down last year from the year before…as were instances of aggravated assault. For the first time, statistics for stalking, domestic violence and dating violence are included in the annual security report.

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Politics
6:49 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Florida Nursing Home Trial Could Have Effect On Governor Race

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Republican candidate for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has been asked repeatedly by reporters about Trans Health Care. That’s a group of nursing homes with ties to Rauner’s namesake venture capital firm.

Here’s what Rauner had to say about the nursing home trial - when asked by reporters Monday.

I hope and believe that there wasn’t any wrongdoing done anywhere. If there was, it should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
--- Republican Bruce Rauner, gubernatorial candidate

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Politics
6:40 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Illinois Governor Candidates Spar Over Taxes

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Republican Bruce Rauner says eventually he wants to cut Illinois’ income tax rate from 5 percent to 3 percent. But he says that might not happen right away because taxes are scheduled to drop to 3.75 percent in January.

Rauner indicated that might be too much, too soon. So he recognizes lawmakers might have to temporarily raise taxes above 3.75 next year.

There’s a possibility. We need to look at all the taxes, the entire tax code.
--- Republican Bruce Rauner, gubernatorial candidate

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-Illinois
6:27 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Rockford University's Rock Solid Marketing Campaign Brings Record High Enrollment

Credit Rockford University

Rockford University reached its highest enrollment in twenty years. The number of full-time undergraduate students is up nearly nine percent over the last year.

Vice President for Enrollment Management Eric Fulcomer says the school's Rock Solid marketing campaign is resonating with diverse audiences.  

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-Illinois
5:21 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Be Cautious Of Deer While Driving This Fall

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Illinois State Police are warning drivers to be mindful of deer this fall.

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Transportation
6:59 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Chicago Airports Expected To Return To Full Service In Two Weeks

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The FAA set a target to return normal air traffic to Chicago by Oct. 13.

According to a news release, air traffic controllers who normally work at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora are working at other surrounding FAA air traffic facilities to help traffic flow in and out of the Chicago-area airports. The FAA is working with its telecommunications contractor, Harris Corporation, to repair damaged communications equipment at the Chicago Center.

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Politics
6:39 am
Mon September 29, 2014

New Report Shows Illinois' Long Pension Struggle

Credit Brian Mackey / WUIS

Politicians, public employee unions and others spent the last several years focused on pensions. Illinois racked up a $100 billion unfunded liability -- largely because lawmakers didn't pay the state's share of its workers retirement benefits.

Eric Madiar is the top attorney for the Illinois Senate President. He found a report that said Illinois' pension systems were on the "verge of insolvency" in 1917.

"...and it stemmed primarily from the fact had not been properly been financing pensions."
--- Eric Madiar, Senate Democrats' Chief Legal Counsel

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Illinois
5:21 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Decision Nearing On Proposed Transmission Line

State regulators will soon decide on an energy project for northern Illinois.

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Government
4:17 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Sycamore To Test CodeRED Emergency Notification System

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Sycamore officials will perform a test of the city's CodeRED Emergency Notification System on Wednesday, October 1 at 10:00 AM.

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-Illinois
7:37 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Chicago Airports Reopen After 'Deliberate' Fire At FAA Facility

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More than 2,000 flights into and out of Chicago’s two airports were canceled or delayed today as the result of a fire apparently set by a contract employee at an air traffic control facility in Aurora.

Modified flight schedules resumed late in the morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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