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2:08 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

NIU Production's Message Timeless - And Timely

Stanton Davis
Credit NIU

The NIU School of Theatre & Dance calls its latest production “a bit of musical theatre insanity.”  

“The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade,” or, as it’s usually known, ‘Marat/Sade,’ is directed by NIU professor Stanton Davis.  Davis says he wanted emphasize the timeless nature of the play’s message.

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Environment
8:42 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Illinois Commerce Commission Approves New ComEd Transmission Line

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The Illinois Commerce Commission approved ComEd’s Grand Prairie Gateway Project, a new transmission line that will run across DeKalb, Ogle, Kane and DuPage counties.

Construction is set to begin after April 2015 for the line to be in service by June 2017. The line will require about 400 steel power poles from ComEd’s existing substation just east of the Kane County line to the substation in Byron.

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-Illinois
7:47 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Streb: Durbin Acting Like Senate Race A Challenge

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D)
Credit www.dickdurbin.com

This election, WNIJ is focusing on U.S. House races, the contest for Governor, and the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Dick Durbin. This is Durbin's fourth campaign for the office. The Democrat won each race easily, but Durbin's behavior suggests the race is closer with state Senator Jim Oberweis.

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Health
7:13 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Cold Sore Virus Linked To Higher Alzheimer's Risk

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The virus that causes cold sores may be linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.

That's according to two studies in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia. Researchers found being a carrier for cold sores, or herpes simplex virus, almost doubled a person's risk in developing Alzheimer's.

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Election 2014
6:49 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Rauner Campaign Claims No Wrongdoing In Chicago Sun-Times Reporter Allegations

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Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is distancing himself from the resignation of longtime Chicago Sun-Times Springfield reporter Dave McKinney. McKinney quit Wednesday, blaming the Rauner campaign for "intimidation and interference" in his reporting.

Rauner says his campaign didn't cause McKinney to quit. The Springfield bureau chief resigned Wednesday after he says the paper tried to push him out of his political beat.

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Election 2014
5:25 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Illinois Statehouse Races: Much At Stake

Chris Mooney directs the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. He says the main issue that should face the next General Assembly is the budget.

Chicago Tribune: General Assembly Candidate Questionnaires

Mike Jacobs is a Democrat who was appointed to the Senate in 2005. Challenger Neil Anderson is a Quad-Cities area firefighter who supports term limits.

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Election 2014
5:16 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

State Election Officials Test Ballot Systems

State elections officials are running tests in advance of the election.

Director of Illinois' Elections Board, Rupert Borgsmiller, says trial runs of ballot-counting at ten jurisdictions statewide should be finished this week.

Borgsmiller says mistakes can undercut confidence in the elections system.

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Health
7:01 am
Thu October 23, 2014

New Research Suggests Why Some Suffer From Winter Blues More Than Others

Credit Flickr user Evil Erin / "seasonal affective disorder" (CC v. 2.0)

New research confirms why some people suffer from the winter blues.

A University of Copenhagen study found people with Seasonal Affective Disorder show significant seasonal differences in the way they regulate serotonin, affects mood. The findings came from a series of brain scans conducted on study participants.

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Election 2014
6:43 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Durbin, Oberweis Squared Off On Ebola, Jobs, Taxes In Wednesday's Debate

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Republican challenger Jim Oberweis sparred Wednesday over who has the best plan to create jobs and improve the lives of Illinois residents.

Durbin says he wants to provide company tax incentives and affordable health care. Oberweis says he knows how to create jobs.

Durbin raised a question about Oberweis's residency. At issue is the fact that the Sugar Grove Republican's wife has a home in Florida.

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Anti-Police Brutality march
6:02 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Protestors Carry Peace Message In Rockford

Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson speaks to the crowd gathered Wednesday in front of the police station in Rockford.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

About 75 people sang, marched, and chalked messages on sidewalksWednesday night in downtown Rockford. Their protest was part of a national demonstration against police brutality.

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