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Illinois/Wisconsin
7:09 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Pipeline Plans To Move More Oil In Northern Illinois

Credit Enbridge

The Enbridge company is not building a new pipeline, but they plan to move more oil through one built several years ago.  The pipeline runs through Wisconsin, and in Illinois, through Belvidere, DeKalb, and Ottawa. That's where new pump stations are under construction. 

Enbridge spokesperson Jennifer Smith says the company is currently using only a third of the capacity of the line.

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Education
7:09 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Carbon Monoxide Leak Sickens Dozens At Illinois School

There are no classes today for students in the North Mac District in central Illinois.  The cancellation comes after more than 130 people became ill on Monday.

The school day ended abruptly Monday morning at North Mac Intermediate in Girard.  A faulty furnace flue resulted in a carbon monoxide leak, sending mostly middle school students and some adults to hospitals.

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Government
6:19 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Two Chicago Universities Among Finalists To Host Obama Presidential Library

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Two Chicago universities are among four finalists to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library.

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Elgin
5:41 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Calderón To Keynote World Leaders Forum In Elgin

Credit Judson University

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón will keynote Judson University's fifth annual World Leaders Forum next spring. Calderón served as president of Mexico from 2006 to 2012. According to a news release, he will speak in March about the changing global economy at two events – a community event at Judson University in Elgin and a VIP reception later that night in Chicago.

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Health
6:05 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Northern Illinois Health Officials Continue To Track West Nile Virus

2012 Bird Cases Of West Nile Virus
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

West Nile virus continues to be a threat in northern Illinois.

The temperature may be cooling off, but you'll still want to keep an eye on those mosquitoes. Winnebago County officials confirmed this week that a bird tested positive for West Nile virus. It's the 13th year in a row the virus has been confirmed in the county. The infected bird was found much later than last year.

Map: Bird Cases Of West Nile Virus

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Wisconsin
5:32 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Appeals Court Reinstates Wisconsin Voter ID Law

The US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the Wisconsin law that requires voters to have photo identification cards.

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The Eternal Indian
10:45 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Restoration Continues On "Black Hawk" Statue

After years of fund-raising, and state approval for the project, the time has finally come
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The time has finally come. After years of fund-raising, months of tests, and waiting for recent state approval, an effort has begun to restore the  statue almost universally known as "Black Hawk." Lorado Taft created it 103 years ago on a bluff overlooking the Rock River near Oregon, Ill. Taft called it "The Eternal Indian."

DeKalb
5:05 am
Fri September 12, 2014

DeKalb To Test New Emergency Notification System

Credit Flickr user / Milica Sekulic "Mobile Phone" (CC BY 2.0)

The City of DeKalb is asking residents and businesses to register with the Code Red Emergency Notification System, which will replace the city’s Reverse 911 System.

DeKalb Assistant Fire Chief Jeff McMaster says the previous system limited the number of people who could be contacted simultaneously. 

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Huskies Food Pantry
3:19 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Hunger In The Classroom: A Growing Need For Campus Pantries

Vegetables grown by and donated by students working in the Communiversity Garden on campus.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The "ramen noodle diet" may once have been a badge of honor for the college student on a strict budget. But now, with changing demographics and skyrocketing education costs, “food insecurity” is being seen as a serious problem on campuses across the nation. 

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Illinois
6:26 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Manufacturers' Association: Fracking A Southern Illinois Issue

Credit Illinois DNR

A coalition of labor unions and members of the oil industry is asking Illinois lawmakers to step back in the fracking process. 

State officials are still working on the rules to govern hydraulic fracturing.

Environmentalists criticized DNR's first version. The pro-fracking group GROW is upset about the second draft.

Jim Watson heads the Illinois Petroleum Council. He says Illinois is losing an opportunity to bring in energy companies.

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