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Boca Raton Bowl
3:28 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

NIU Faces Marshall In Inaugural Boca Raton Bowl

Credit NIUHUSKIES.COM

The Northern Illinois University football team faces Marshall in Tuesday's inaugural Boca Raton Bowl. 

The Huskies claimed the Mid-American Conference championship earlier this month in Detroit. They head south for tonight's match-up. They will meet the Conference USA Champion Marshall Thundering Herd at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton Florida.

The Huskies enter the game with an 11-2 record. Marshall was 12-1 this season.

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DeKalb
2:41 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Camp Power Keeps Momentum Around The Holidays

Susan Stephens WNIJ

DeKalb community leaders led a summer camp this year focusing on keeping children active and safe. WNIJ’s N’Jema McIntyre has a follow-up on what some of the kids have been up to.

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Politics
8:59 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Outgoing Treasurer Gave Raises, Stipends To Staff

Dan Rutherford

Outgoing Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford handed out nearly $90,000 in one-time payments to 35 non-union employees on Oct. 31.

The State-Journal Register reports that the one-term Republican, who finished last in a four-way gubernatorial primary in March, also gave pay raises to dozens of employees over the past year.

Most of the stipends were for less than $3,000, but Rutherford's former chief of staff received $10,000 on top of her $125,000 salary.

Raises for the 25 nonunion employees ranged from 8 percent to 36 percent.

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Politics
7:03 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Quinn Pitches Frequent Fliers To Donate Miles For Military Hospital Visits

Credit Fisher House Foundation

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn traveled to Maryland this weekend to visit the Army’s Walter Reed Medical Center. After delivering Christmas cards to wounded service members, Quinn made a pitch to frequent fliers to donate their miles to the family members of patients at facilities like Walter Reed:

You don't have to give all your miles. You can give a portion of those miles to a common fund. You can learn about this at OperationHomefront.org.

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Politics
6:59 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Illinois Jurors Will Be Paid More, Civil Juries Cut In Half Under New Law

Credit state of Illinois

A new law will more than double what Illinois jurors are paid while reducing the size of civil case juries. It’s earning mixed reviews from criminal justice experts.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure on Friday. Supporters say it could lead to more diverse juries and offset anticipated costs by cutting back jurors from 12 to 6 in civil cases.

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Illinois
6:50 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Cook County Judge Will Address Cameras In Courtrooms Issue

Credit state of Illinois

Cook County Circuit judge Timothy Evans is scheduled to address reporters today about allowing cameras in courtrooms. 

Last week the Illinois Supreme Court allowed the use of cameras and audio recording devices in Cook County courts on an experimental basis. Cook is the largest and latest of dozens of counties that joined a camera pilot program launched in 2012.

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Illinois
4:00 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Deceased Homeless Rockford Residents Remembered At Memorial

A candle was lit for every person recognized at the Rock River Homeless Coalition's Memorial for the Homeless on Friday.
Credit Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Rockford residents gathered to mourn the lives of the city’s homeless Friday at Carpenter’s Place. 

Shelton Kay is the director of community services at Crusader Community Health. He is also chairman for the Rock River Homeless Coalition, who hosted the annual event.

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Contract negotiations
3:37 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Union Rejects Kishwaukee College's "Last, Best Offer"

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Kishwaukee College faculty members voted down a contract proposal from school administrators today after a two-hour meeting.

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Illinois
2:21 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Quinn Names Stermer To Comptroller Post

Credit State of Illinois

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn has chosen longtime friend Jerry Stermer -- his former chief of staff and current budget director -- to take over as Illinois' Comptroller. 

Quinn had to choose someone for the position, following the unexpected death last week of Republican Judy Baar Topinka.

Stermer will only hold the job for 24 days; he says he'll step down January 12th, Quinn's last day as governor.

That will allow Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner to appoint someone else as comptroller, for what would have been Topinka's next term.

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Arts
9:46 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Five Under-The-Radar Reads From Nancy Pearl

NPR's Book Concierge: Browse more than 250 standout titles from 2014 selected by NPR staff and critics, including Nancy Pearl.
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