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Psychedelic Rockford

Aug 28, 2015
James Clucas

 

The first Rockford Psych Fest took place Friday, August 21st.  The event was organized by local musician, Josh Weidman.

The Young Minds perform at Rockford Psych Fest `15.

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Tundras performs at Rockford Psych Fest `15.

(Video credit: James Clucas)

A last-minute appointment former Governor Pat Quinn made after losing last year's election has spurred a new law.

Lou Bertuca was a political operative, a key player in Quinn's ultimately failed campaign.

Shortly before Quinn left the governor's mansion, he helped make sure Bertuca had his next job locked up.

Quinn appointed Bertuca, then 30 years old, to a multi-year contract with an annual salary of $160,000 as CEO of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.

Police departments nation-wide are increasing their commitment to community policing in hopes of reducing crime. It’s a strategy that involves developing relationships between neighborhoods and individual officers. 

Brandon Dillard is one of nine officers in the community services unit. He says unlike other patrol officers, his job is aimed at getting long-term results.

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A federal judge is ordering Illinois’ comptroller to cut checks for some services for people with developmental disabilities.

Judge Sharon Coleman told the State of Illinois that even without a spending plan - it must pay for services for Medicaid-eligible people with developmental disabilities.

She instructed Comptroller Leslie Munger - who writes the checks - to pay by last Friday, a deadline that Munger did not meet.

Today - Judge Coleman again ordered Munger to cover the costs, which attorneys for her office agreed to do.

Corn Fest will be held Friday through Sunday in downtown DeKalb. 

The carnival will be in the Glidden, Ellwood and Haish city lots, which are located between Oak and Locust Street off of 2nd and 3rd Street.

Rides will also be in the parking lots of Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, Frontier Communications and Russ Burns Law Office. It also includes the employee parking lot of the DeKalb Public Library.

These parking lots will be closed until 11 p.m. Sunday for carnival set up and tear down.

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The Illinois Attorney General is hailing a new state law that will prevent hospitals from billing survivors of sexual assault for medical forensic exams.

Lisa Madigan, who pushed for the legislation, says it removes a barrier that may keep some rape victims from going to the hospital immediately after the crime.

Federal law requires Illinois to certify that survivors are not being billed for “rape kit” exams. That’s a condition of receiving federal funds.

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Despite great weather, Illinois's State Fair, which fell later in August than usual, saw a huge decline in attendance.

At the state fair's kickoff earlier this month, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced his love of the event.

"I hope everybody in Springfield, everybody around the state, come on out," he said before the fair's opening parade.

Instead, figures show attendance fell by half. The state says 411,500 people went through the fair's gates, versus the 847,000 who showed up last year.

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The portion of the gas tax collected when you fuel your car is supposed to be forwarded to Illinois municipalities. They use it to fill potholes, or buy road salt.

Instead, that money is trapped in the budget stalemate.

Macomb Mayor Michael Inman says this month's skipped payment is preventing cities from repairing roads.

"Mayors find themselves in a holding pattern as we wait for the state to take action,” Inman said. “Winter is fast approaching, and time is not on our side."

Big Storm Anniversaries Highlight Nature's Wonder

Aug 26, 2015
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This is a big week in meteorological history. Friday is the 25th anniversary of the Plainfield tornado that killed 29 people…and it’s 10 years since hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans.

College of DuPage Meteorology professor Paul Sirvatka says researchers are still learning from the severe weather events. He says they sent a message that goes beyond the science of severe weather.

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The State of Illinois successfully sold five remaining surplus aircraft for more than $2.5 million. According to a news release, the sale comes after three previous attempts by the Department of Central Management Services.

In April of 2014, nine of the State of Illinois’ 21 aircraft were ordered to be sold. Following three consecutive auctions, spanning six months and two weeks, 5 of the State’s 9 surplus aircraft remained to be sold, including the 3 most expensive aircraft.

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