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Rockford
4:46 am
Mon December 17, 2012

The End of "On the Waterfront"

Credit On the Waterfront

Rockford's On the Waterfront is no more. The Rockford Register-Star reports the 29-year-old festival is $344,000 in debt. The newspaper says organizers this week will begin notifying hundreds of sponsors, volunteers and nonprofit groups of the cancellation.

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Government
4:39 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Durbin Weighs in on Gun Restrictions

Illinois' Senior Senator Reacts in the Wake of Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

Senator Dick Durbin says hunters and sportsmen need to "step up." The Illinois Democrat urged support for what he called "reasonable restrictions" on the types of weapons that can be purchased,  and on large ammunition magazines. He says average citizens don't need access to the kind of military-style equipment used by the gunman in Connecticut.

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Ogle County
5:47 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Ogle County Board Chairman to Recommend State's Attorney

Ogle County Board Chairman Kim P. Gouker announced he will recommend the appointment of M. Thomas Suits to fill the pending vacancy of Ogle County State’s Attorney.

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Illinois
4:45 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Illinois Reaction To Shooting Tragedy

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and NIU president John Peters both issued statements in response the to shooting rampage in Connecticut. At least 20 students and 6 adults were killed when a gunman opened fire inside an elementary school.

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NIU Police
6:41 am
Fri December 14, 2012

NIU Police to Collaborate with DeKalb Department

Credit NIU Police

NIU police will work more with DeKalb officers after a high-profile incident within the campus department.  It's been more than a month since a judge determined NIU Police Chief Don Grady and a lieutenant mishandled evidence in a rape case against another officer.

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Open Meetings Act
6:41 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Two Northern Illinois Counties Accused of Possible Meeting Violations

Meetings Under Review in Whiteside and DeKalb Counties

In Whiteside County, Sauk Valley Media is waiting to hear from the Illinois Attorney General’s office.  At issue--whether members of the county board violated the Open Meetings Act.  Late last month, members of the board allegedly threatened to call police when a reporter tried to cover a discussion over the selection of a new board chairman.  Members contend it was a caucus gathering, not a public meeting.

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Environment
6:18 am
Fri December 14, 2012

"Fracking" gets Boost from Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Credit ilchamber.org

The business group is releasing a study it says points to thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic development if the state were to okay the process.

The advanced process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking used to extract natural gas from what promoters call "gas rich shale" is now entrenched as a polarizing issue.

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Same-sex Marriage
5:28 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Illinois Lawmakers Could Vote on Gay Marriage

Two Chicago Democrats say they think the time is right to call for legislation legalizing gay marriage in Illinois. It comes a year and a half after the state legalized same-sex civil unions.

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Election 2013
4:45 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Lawmakers Push Back Filing Deadline

Credit Illinois State Board of Elections

Municipal state workers won't have to work Christmas Eve. The deadline for candidates to file petitions for local offices will now be the day after  Christmas.

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Government
4:58 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Attorney Who Fought Against Illinois Patronage Hiring Dies

Mary Lee Leahy
Credit Illinois State Bar Association

A Springfield attorney who helped lead the fight against patronage hiring in state government has died.   Mary Lee Leahy died early Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. 

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