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10:43 am
Tue August 21, 2012

State lawmaker questions Thomson proposal

State Senator Mike Jacobs says it would not be good government policy to give the Thomson Correctional Center to the federal government. That suggestion came in a letter from State Representatives Jim Sacia and Rich Morthland. The two Republicans have sent a letter to Governor Pat Quinn saying that handing over Thomson to the feds would get the ball rolling on creating much needed jobs for the area surrounding Thomson.

NIU investigation
7:10 am
Tue August 21, 2012

NIU welcomes DeKalb County prosecutor monitoring probe

DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell

Northern Illinois University officials announced today that they welcome the scrutiny of DeKalb County State's Atty. Clay Campbell over the so-called "coffee fund" investigation being conducted by the NIU campus police.

In a statement issued Monday, Campbell said his office is "closely monitoring" the situation, citing "various widely reported incidents of alleged misconduct" as reason for his concern.

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Science
3:15 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Cantaloupes suspected in salmonella outbreak

Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck
idph.state.il.us

Illinois health officials are urging anyone with cantaloupes to inspect them following an outbreak of 17 cases identified in the state in 11 counties. Eight of the people are hospitalized.

Tainted cantaloupe from southwestern Indiana is the suspected source of the outbreak that has so far affected more than 140 people from 20 states. Symptoms of the illness include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Cases go back as far as July 7.

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Streator fire
2:28 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Police are suspicious of Lipton Tea building fire

Streator police chief Jeffrey Anderson he considers that the Saturday night fire that destroyed the historic Lipton Tea building may be connected to 16 suspicious fires in Streator since May 2011.

“They all seem to be the same M.O.,” he told the Lasalle NewsTribune . “We have questioned people but right now we have no definite leads.”

The fire started on the second and third floors on the east side of the four-story building, Streator Fire Chief Tom Risley said. Those two floors were being used for storage of plumbing supplies, pipes, bathtubs and “things of that nature,” Risley said.

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Maria Ridulph case
1:59 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

McCullough must disclose alibi in girl’s kidnapping and death

Jack McCullough

Attorneys for Jack McCullough, charged in the kidnapping and death of Maria Ridulph in Sycamore more than a half century ago, must disclose his alibi for the time of the incident at a hearing Tuesday, Kane County Associate Judge James Hallock has ruled.

Court records show that the seven-year-old girl disappeared from her neighborhood sometime between late afternoon hours and 9 p.m. on Dec. 3, 1957, from Sycamore. Her remains were found nearly five months later on April 26, 1958, in Jo Daviess County.

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Government
7:52 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Lawmaker says Illinois should "give" Thomson prison to federal government

State Representative Jim Sacia

The state of Illinois is still trying to sell Thomson prison to the federal government. One lawmaker wants Governor Pat Quinn to consider giving it away.

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Government
7:44 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Governor, lawmakers look at what's next for pension debate

Governor Pat Quinn is expected to start a campaign to boost support for changes to Illinois' pension systems.  During last week's special session, lawmakers failed to approve a plan that would address the state’s massively underfunded retirement systems.

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Government
10:38 pm
Sat August 18, 2012

Quinn lashes out at GOP over stalled pension effort

Gov. Pat Quinn issued a statement Friday evening regarding the General Assembly's inaction on comprehensive public pension reform.

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NIU shakeup
5:10 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Departed NIU officials could face more consequences

Two Northern Illinois University administrators who abruptly resigned last month could be subject to further consequences despite termination agreements with NIU that put a stop to investigations pending at that time.

Robert Albanese, Associate Vice President for Facilities & Operations, submitted his resignation on July 19, effective July 31. John Gordon submitted his resignation as director of the NIU Convocation Center on July 20, effective immediately. 

In both cases, the university acknowledges that there were separate, independent allegations against Gordon and Albanese that were administratively investigated, and that the matter is subject to further investigation. 

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Pension reform
2:30 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Senate bows out of pension reform discussion

Both chambers consider limiting reform to lawmakesrs only No pension legislation will move through the General Assembly today. Legislators convened in Springfield for a special session on pensions, but the Senate has already adjourned without taking up any measures. Their website says the next session will be Nov. 27. The Illinois House was still in session at 5 p.m.

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