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Public health
7:47 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Elgin Man Dies From West Nile Virus

umaa.org

Illinois has recorded its second death this year related to the West Nile virus. Public health officials say the victim is a 64-year-old man from Elgin. The longtime village president of Lombard also died last week from complications of the virus. 

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Business
6:36 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Aerospace Jobs Aplenty In Northern Illinois

The aerospace industry in northern Illinois will have hundreds of jobs to fill in the coming years. That’s due to a major expansion in the Rockford-area.

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Photo Essay
4:27 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Welcome, Students! Scenes From NIU Move-In Day

Students helping students move into NIU's newest residence hall.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The annual ritual of Move-In Day took control of Northern Illinois University's campus today. An estimated 2,500 students will spend the evening unpacking and getting to know their new neighbors. It took 1,000 student volunteers, 100 staff and faculty members, and of course, hundreds of moms, dads, and friends to get their stuff from the curb to the dorm room. Eventually, 5,000 students will make their way into the residence halls.

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"Outer Beltway" scuttled
1:21 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Prairie Parkway Funding Is Withdrawn

The federal government has rescinded its approval of the nearly $1 billion proposed Prairie Parkway, which would have connected I-80 and I-88 in Kane, Kendall, and Grundy counties.

The recession is part of an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by opponents of the highway project.

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Winnebago County
9:59 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Olson out as Forest Preserve president

R. Olson / T. Rawaillot

Randy Olson was removed Wednesday as president of the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District Board over his management style, exemplified by his creation of a new public safety position and filling that post without board consent.

Commissioner Mary McNamara Bernsten, who was named the new president, was joined by Judy Barnard, Lee Johnson, Audrey Johnson and Gloria Lind in voting to oust Olson. Cheryl Maggio voted to retain him. Olson remains a commissioner.

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Woodward expansion
7:55 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Woodward Expanding Its Rockford Area Base

Governor Pat Quinn was on hand for a major jobs announcement in northern Illinois Thursday morning.  Woodward Incorporated says it will build a second campus in Loves Park. The aerospace manufacturer's local expansion will result in more than 600 new jobs over the next five years. 

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Education
7:11 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Illinois Universities Improve Research Payoff But Lag Behind Other Top States

The Illinois Innovation Index report details research activity at Illinois' universities. The findings were issued this week by several groups, including the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition.

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Government
6:24 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Clock Is Ticking For Governor Quinn To Act On Gambling Bill

Governor Pat Quinn has until Tuesday to act on the measure that would add five casinos in Illinois, including one for Rockford. The city of Chicago would also get a casino. 

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Whiteside County
3:24 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Another Delay Will Be Sought In Next Sheley Murder Trial

Nicholas T. Sheley

A delay will be requested for the upcoming murder trial of convicted killer Nicholas T. Sheley of Sterling.

Defense attorney Jeremy Karlin, of Galesburg, will ask Rock Island Circuit Judge F. Michael Meersman, at a hearing Friday for the fourth delay in Sheley’s first Whiteside County murder trial.

The case, scheduled to go to trial Sept. 10, also would be the first test of active news media presence in a Whiteside County court under the cameras-in-the-courtroom initiative of the Illinois Supreme Court.

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Renewable energy
10:05 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Wind farms advance in Whiteside, Ogle counties

The Whiteside County portion of a proposed wind farm near Deer Grove won approval Tuesday from the county board, while the Ogle County Board okayed a special-use permit for a wind farm near Baileyville.

Subject to conditions, Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power can build seven turbines in far southeastern Whiteside County. The board also approved two others, but officials said those need to get the nod from the Deer Grove village board.

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