Illinois is the latest state to join a national program aiming to reduce childhood obesity. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner announced a new campaign from the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils yesterday. 

Rauner says Illinois has some of the highest childhood obesity rates in the nation. He says the program has had a “huge impact” in other states.

The program encourages teachers to look for innovative ways to improve students' fitness and nutrition. Three schools will be selected as “National Champion Schools” and will win fitness centers valued at $100,000.

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Some of Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock's current and previous employees will appear before a federal grand jury next month, and a former State Representative from Quincy says she won't seek Schock’s open congressional seat. 

The government has been looking into Schock's House office expenses, his re-election campaign spending and his relationships with long-time political donors. The Justice Department issued subpoenas as part of the investigation. 

Schock, a Republican from Peoria, plans to step down today. 

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The mining industry’s economic impact on LaSalle County is in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Pay It Forward House Celebrates Decade

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Pay It Forward House is a place of hope for families of long term care patients in the Sycamore area. The house is celebrating its tenth year of operation. 

Joyce Mathey is the executive director and has been with the house since it opened. The house is for families of patients who are receiving long term care at area facilities including,  Kindred Hospital. 

“The patients are transferred in, because they have had a heart attack, a stroke, some major medical and they’re in the next phase of their treatment.”

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In its first award announcement of 2015, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission named 20 recipients of the Carnegie Medal.  The medal is given throughout the United States and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.

In January 2014, then 20-year-old Michael D. Bates helped save his grandfather, then 78-year-old Roger Bates, from suffocating when he was trapped in a grain bin.

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The amount of time parents spend with their kids has virtually no relationship to how children turn out.

That’s according to a study that will be published in the Journal of Marriage and Family. 


Legislators are trying to protect kids from measles, without offending anti-vaccine parents.

The outbreak of measles at a Palatine learning center in February has lawmakers wanting to protect children, but it's a politically sensitive topic.

When Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno presented her proposal to a legislative committee, she was upfront about her desire to not step on the toes of parents who choose to not vaccinate their kids, while at the same time wanting to protect children.

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A federal judge is scheduled to hold a detention hearing for a 22-year-old Illinois Army National Guard soldier, who was accused of plotting a terrorist attack.

Prosecutors must offer proof today in Chicago for why Hasan Edmonds should remain jailed. A complaint that was unsealed last week says he and his 29-year-old cousin, Jonas Edmonds, planned an attack on a U.S. military facility in Joliet. 

Jonas Edmonds isn't challenging his detention.

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It’s the end of an era in DeKalb: Duck Soup Coop is closing. Last night, the natural foods market’s members voted to shut down after forty years. 

Members packed the small store to hear just how bad the co-op’s finances are and learn their options. $45,000 in the hole. They overwhelmingly chose an “orderly closure” as soon as possible over bankruptcy or trying to raise 100-thousand dollars to stay viable.

DeKalb Meal Service Group Changing Location

Mar 30, 2015
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A northern Illinois soup kitchen, pop-up pantry and clothing closet is moving to a newly-renovated but smaller space. 

Feed'Em Soup currently hosts four free meals per week, but they will start adding two more meals per week beginning in the fall. The extra meals will make up for the lack of space that will come with moving to their new location on Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.