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On Friday afternoon around 4:30 p.m., NIU Police received information that a bank robbery occurred at the Fifth Third Bank at 2707 Sycamore Road. Witnesses reported the offender displayed a black handgun and was last seen running west.

According to a campus safety bulletin, the offender is described as a dark skin male, with a bald head, muscular build, 6 foot 2 inches, 220 pounds, carrying a werewolf mask, wearing white-leather work gloves, long-sleeve blue shirt, heavy work style boots, and blue jeans.

Artifacts Found At Glidden Homestead Excavation

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Eli Orrvar is an archeology graduate student at Northern Illinois University. He’s been leading the excavation at the Glidden Homestead barn in DeKalb since March.

Joseph Glidden is known for inventing barbed wire in the late 19th century. 

Orrvar says he's found a variety of artifacts throughout the barn, like a horseshoe, a pocket knife, and a lot of different animal bones. 

He says the digging goes about four feet beneath the ground, and the barn is separated into sections. 

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Social service providers suing Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration over fallout from the budget impasse say the stop-gap budget won't have "meaningful" impact.

    

Nearly 100 groups named in a lawsuit filed new court documents this week assessing the impact of the partial spending plan lawmakers approved.

The groups contend the stop-gap plan doesn't "guarantee any meaningful payment."

The Pay Now Illinois coalition says it's owed roughly $161 million in unpaid work. They want the court to force payment.

After a yearlong budget stalemate, legislators approved a temporary measure to cover parts of the previous and current fiscal years.

Rauner said this week that he understands the groups' frustrations.

The organization led by his wife is among the groups suing. Diana Rauner says suing was a "business decision."

The next hearing is Monday.

A judge has ordered Illinois health officials to reconsider their decision not to include migraine headaches on the list of conditions that qualify for use of medical marijuana in the state.

The Chicago Tribune reports that a Cook County judge overturned Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Nirav Shah's denial of a petition to add migraines to the list.

The court ruling was in response to a suit filed by an unidentified man who has already been using marijuana to treat his headaches.

Amanda Vinicky

  The conventional wisdom is that  Ted Cruz’s speech at the Republican National Convention tore open fresh wounds of a divided party.

Illinois National Republican Committeeman Richard Porter says the outrage at Cruz isn’t a sign of discord

“That was unity man, that was 25,000 people booing him all at once," he said.

The comment prompted Jim Fisher, a farmer from near Bloomington, to walk out of the Illinois delegation’s morning meeting.

"No, no – that’s what, that’s what. No, no, I don’t agree with that," he said.

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

A local living history museum hosted a children’s camp for the last two weeks. But they’re also looking for – and found – some artifacts that could provide a clearer look at life in northeastern Illinois in the 1840s.

Joseph Coleman is getting some hot coals ready for a blacksmith demonstration at a children’s camp at The Garfield Farm and Museum in Campton Hills. He’s dressed in clothing standard to the time period and explained the significance of the property – past and present.

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Meteorologists and atmospheric researchers say the Midwest's first dangerous bout of heat and humidity this summer is partly to blame on moisture piped out of the ground and into the atmosphere by the increasing acreage of corn crops reaching their peak.

That muggy air gets blown around the country, even enveloping urban areas, like Chicago and Minneapolis.

The phenomenon spawned playful banter on social media this week about the menace of "corn sweat."

Hackers Access Illinois Voter Registration Database

Jul 21, 2016
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Illinois election officials say hackers attacked the state's voter registration system last week and it was shut off as a precaution. 

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the cyberattack happened July 13 and the voter system was shut off as a precaution on July 13.

The board's general counsel, Ken Menzel, said hackers found "a chink in the armor in one small data field in the online registration system."

Menzel says the board is analyzing tracks left by the attack and isn't ready to say what information may have been accessed.

Pilot Reported Dead In Plainfield Crash

Jul 21, 2016

Authorities say the crash of a small plane in a residential neighborhood south of Chicago, setting a house ablaze, has left at least one person dead.  

Although it was unclear how many were aboard the aircraft, Joliet City Manager Jim Hock said Thursday the pilot was killed in the crash. Hock went on to say it was "very fortunate" no other injuries resulted from the crash.

City of DeKalb

DeKalb's Citizens Environmental Commission is working to curb plastic bag use in the city.

The Daily-Chronicle reports the group set up five bins around the city with reusable shopping bags.  Residents can pick up bags for use while shopping and either return them to the bin when they’re finished, or keep them for later use.  The group is also accepting bag donations. 

Unlike some municipalities DeKalb does not have an outright ban on plastic grocery bags.   

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