Residents Can Check Licenses Of Area Swimming Pools

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Swimming season is starting in Illinois and the state has been licensing public pools and beaches.
 The Illinois Department of Public Health is in charge of the regulations under the Illinois Swimming Facility Act. The Champaign News-Gazette reports there are 952 city-owned swimming pools in Illinois.

That number goes up every year.

Police Body Cameras On Lawmakers' List

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In the wake of officer-involved deaths in Ferguson, Baltimore and New York City, Illinois lawmakers are looking at how to change state laws regarding police officers.

In the final days of the General Assembly's session, Rep. Elgie Sims, Jr., D-Chicago, says he'll sponsor legislation that would require police to wear body cameras. He says the package also would ban law enforcement officers from using chokeholds.

Little Cubs Field Hosts Eighth Pee-Wee Classic

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Sixteen teams from Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa played in a tournament at Little Cubs Field in Freeport this Memorial Day weekend. It's the eighth Pee Wee Classic since the field opened, and the diamond is the closest to-scale replica of Wrigley Field you can find. 

At least, that's according to its owner Denny Garkey.

New Power Plant Rules May Force Rate Hikes

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Proposed rules to lower carbon emissions by electricity-generating power plants will force unnecessary rate increases.

That's according to U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. 

Barring additional delays, the new rules will now be out in August. They require new and existing power plants that burn coal and other fossil fuels to reduce emissions to levels 30-percent below those in 2005 over the next 15 years.

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With a brand new pavilion providing shelter for about half of the vendors, the Rockford City Market opened for its sixth season Friday night along Water Street on the east bank of the Rock River.

The pavilion, which replaces a crumbling parking deck that was closed for safety reasons, was finished just days ago to be ready for the opening.

Cathy McDermott, administrator of market operator  Rock River Development Partnership, said 65 vendors -- eight more than last year -- were participating in the opening day.

Suzanne Pupino is stepping down from her position as DeKalb City Clerk.

The move comes less than two weeks after being sworn-in.

According to a news release issued Friday night, Mayor John Rey said Pupino resigned to "spend more time enjoying her retirement."

Pupino was sworn-in on May 11, 2015 for a two-year term.


Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Jeffrey Yordon to the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.

According to a news release, Yordon was CEO and Chairman of Sagent Pharmaceuticals for nine years. He founded the company in 2006, which developed and made injectable pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, he worked as the founder, president and COO of American Pharmaceutical Partners.

Lawmakers Get Back To The Grind Today

May 22, 2015
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Illinois legislators took a weekend break, but there are major issues unresolved heading toward their May 31 adjournment.

A handful of Gov. Bruce Rauner's initiatives were introduced -- term limits, restrictions on where lawsuits can be filed, minimizing what companies are responsible for when it comes to workers' compensation claims, and a property tax freeze.

"It's time that we get down to business and really start making a difference in how we do business in the state," Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno said.

Illinois Lawmakers Take Look At Workers Comp Overhaul

May 22, 2015
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Even as Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has finally introduced a formal plan to restructure Illinois' workers compensation system, the Democratic-led Illinois House took a series of votes designed to show there isn't support for it to pass.

Several measures that encapsulated Rauner's ideas fell to defeat --- with Democrats voting no, and Republicans voting "present."

Governor Grants Seven Clemency Petitions

May 22, 2015
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Governor Bruce Rauner granted seven and denied 144 clemency petitions. According to a news release, he inherited nearly 3,000 petitions from the previous administrations, dating back more than six years.

The 151 clemency petitions Governor Rauner acted upon Friday are part of dockets dating back to January 2008. Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check through the Illinois State Police’s Law Enforcement Agencies Data System.