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6:22 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Illinois Supreme Court Warns Residents About Arrest Warrant Scam

Illinois residents are being warned about a phone scam where victims are told there's a warrant for their arrest because of missed jury duty. They're also told they can avoid arrest by paying a fine.

The Illinois Supreme Court issued an alert to courts throughout the state, saying the scam recently was carried out in Kendall County. 

NIU
6:20 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Demolition Begins For NIU Douglas Hall

Credit NIU Today

Northern Illinois University began demolition for Douglas Hall, which housed students from 1963 to May. 

Officials say the removal is part of a $4.5 million plan to extend Lucinda Avenue west to Stadium Drive, making it a major east-west thoroughfare on campus.

To watch the demolition process via webcast, click here.

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Health
6:12 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Fat Breathed Out Of Body During Exercise

Credit Flickr user Matt_Weibo / "fitness centre" (CC BY 2.0)

Fat can be breathed out as carbon dioxide as well as burned off. That’s according to a study in the British Medical Journal.

Results from the study show lungs are the primary excretory organ for weight loss.

Researchers say people still need to huff and puff with exercise to keep slim; hyperventilating by itself won’t do the trick.

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Illinois
5:52 am
Wed December 17, 2014

CUB, AARP Prepare For Fight Against Phone Industry

Credit WCBU

The Citizens Utility Board and AARP are joining forces to prevent the phone industry from ending landline service statewide.

The two Tuesday launched the “Save Our Service” campaign. This comes as lawmakers are expected to consider revisions to the Illinois Telecommunications Act next year.

CUB spokeswoman Megan Carlson says the telecom industry is expected to push for phone deregulation.

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-Illinois
5:21 am
Wed December 17, 2014

St. Charles Police Department Proposes Fine Increases

Credit Illinois Liquor Control Commission

  Penalties for alcohol-related offenses in St. Charles may soon see dramatic increases. The St. Charles liquor commission convened Monday night to hear police proposals to sober up bad behavior in their community.

Police proposed increases in fines for alcohol-related offenses such as public intoxication and public urination. According to St. Charles deputy chief of administration Steve Huffman, police suggested increasing the minimum fine from $100 to $250 for a first-time offense.

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sticking points: salary and insurance
4:13 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Kishwaukee College Delivers 'Last Best Offer' To Faculty Union

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The union representing Kishwaukee College teachers says last night’s failed contract negotiations have moved both sides closer to a strike. 

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Law
3:27 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

City of Rockford Settles Barmore Case

2009: Rockford residents march near the county jail to protest the shooting of Mark Barmore.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

From the City of Rockford:

The Rockford City Council of the City of Rockford approved a release and settlement agreement with the Plaintiff on behalf of all named defendants in the matter of 09-cv-50236 Estate of Barmore v. City Of Rockford, et al. In exchange for a release of liability and dismissal with prejudice of all claims against the City of Rockford, et al, the Estate of Barmore will receive a settlement payment in the amount of $1,115,500.00 from the City of Rockford.

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Healthcare
2:21 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

State Regulators Approve Hospital Merger

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board on Tuesday approved the merger between Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System. According to a news release, the merger is expected to create a combined multi-regional health system that will provide care in more than 40 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin communities. The new health system begins operations on Jan. 1.

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Illinois
5:59 am
Tue December 16, 2014

I-90 Construction Complete

Credit Illinois Tollway

The Illinois Tollway is putting the finishing touches on the 37-mile rebuilding project between Rockford and Elgin. 

Officials say reconstruction of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway will finish today and the speed limit will return to 65 mph. Traffic will flow in both directions on three new lanes this morning.

The project took two years to complete.

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Education
8:42 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

School Districts Concerned About Funding, Mandates, and Pensions

Credit Flickr user Brent Hoard "ECU School of Education Class Room" (CC BY 2.0)

A new report outlines how Illinois school districts feel about state education services.

The Lieutenant Governor's office is required by law to direct a committee which approves a survey at least every three years. School districts provide anonymous feedback on the quality and importance of services provided by the state.

More than 350 districts filled out the most recent survey.

Read the report here.

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