St. Charles school officials expelled two high school students who they say shut down the district's computer network. Officials say the students overloaded the district's servers using their cell phones.
For almost a month, teachers were blocked from online grading and homework programs. The students were caught after they were overheard by staff members bragging to their classmates.
Both students enrolled in an online school and will be able to re-enroll in the district for the next school year. No legal charges have been made.
Nine months after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping law, the legislature passed a bill to replace it. The legislation, which defines eavesdropping and its consequences, is currently waiting on the governor's desk.
Already, the proposed law faces criticism, and a flurry of misinformation.
Here's a sampling of some headlines from around the web:
"Illinois Passes Bill That Makes It Illegal To Record The Police"
"Illinois law would make recording the police a felony"
Parents of those with disabilities will be able to save more in the New Year to care for their adult children. Previously, working adults with disabilities could keep no more than $2,000 for additional care and basic life expenses without being penalized by Social Security.
Northern Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock says the measure allows savings of up to $14,000 per year, tax deferred, on behalf of those with disabilities:
Illinois employers added 2,300 jobs in November. The unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent. That's despite more people looking for work. The latest numbers come the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
The data is seasonally adjusted.
According to a state news release, the last time the rate was lower was June 2008 when it was 6.3 percent. It was 9 percent in November 2013.
President Obama's announcement that the U.S. will start talks on normalizing relations with Cuba includes plans to allow more exports to that country. Some say that could offer new opportunities for Illinois farmers and businesses.
One of those people is William Delaney. He chairs the International Business Council for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and reacted positively to the possibility of greater exports to Cuba being allowed.
"The impact would be direct, immediate and hugely beneficial for the state of Illinois."