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Ground was broken Tuesday on a housing development that’s seen as a critical step in changing the face of public housing in Rockford.

The iconic Tribune Tower on Chicago's Michigan Avenue will have a new owner.

Los Angeles-based CIM Group has agreed to buy the tower for up to $240 million.

The deal, expected to close by September's end, was announced by Chicago-based Tribune Media Tuesday.  

Tribune said in October that it'd hired a real estate investment banker to explore a sale or partnership for redevelopment. Officials didn't specify development plans Tuesday for the 1925 neo-Gothic tower.

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The sponsor of legislation to expand Illinois' child care program says she's hopeful it will happen -- despite Governor Bruce Rauner's recent veto.

Democratic Senator Kim Lightford of Maywood says she'll try to override the veto after November's election.

Lightford wants to increase the amount of money a parent can make to receive a state subsidy for child care.

Her measure would raise the limit to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or less than $24,000 a year for a single parent with one child. It would rise in later years.

  Northern Illinois  University campus parking officials say enforcement hours for marked lots now run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

However, those hours do not apply to restricted parking areas like no-parking zones, handicapped spaces, and  reserved spaces. Campus lots will require permits at all times.

Enforcement hours for reserved parking spaces still run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or at all times as posted.

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Governor Bruce Rauner made an unscheduled stop in Moline to talk to voters about redistricting.

He characterized last week's Illinois Supreme Court ruling, which found a proposal to put redistricting in the hands of an independent commission unconstitutional, as a tragedy.  

Rauner also called on local state legislators to put the question on the November ballot.

"Now that the court says the voter referendum can't go, you in the general assembly need to put it on the ballot so we, voters, can exercise our democratic right and vote on this issue," he said.  

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