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7:19 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Illinois Researchers Say Heroin Use Increasing Among Young Adults

Kathie Kane-Willis

A new study says heroin use among young adults in Illinois continues to be a problem. The findings was issued this week by Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy. It says heroin-related treatment in Illinois emergency rooms increased 27 percent for people age 20 or younger between the years 2008 and 2010. The study says the pattern can also been seen at the national level. 

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NIU investigation
6:55 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

NIU Confirms 'Coffee Fund;' Four Employees Put On Leave

Steve Cunningham
niu.edu

Northern Illinois University has confirmed the existence of an unauthorized bank account known as the "coffee fund" and taken steps toward potential discipline of four materials management employees.

NIU says records show the fund was used not for individual gain but for retirement celebrations, holiday parties and similar activities. However, the university says it is looking into whether this use of the fund violated university policy and/or state law.

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NIU
8:26 am
Thu August 30, 2012

NIU Hired Law Firm To Investigate Past Administrators

NIU's Altgeld Hall
Susan Stephens WNIJ

New details have emerged regarding the recent departure of two administrators at Northern Illinois University. The school hired a Sycamore law firm to investigate unspecified allegations against the two employees. The findings were presented to the employees in July, shortly before they signed separation agreements. 

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Road Construction
5:56 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Rockford Airport Area Road Plan: More Business, More Jobs

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey shows Senator Dick Durbin some of the growing businesses near Rockford's airport during a bumpy bus ride.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A major road reconstruction project bordering the Chicago-Rockford International Airport is expected to boost business in the region. 

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Illinois budget woes
2:32 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

S&P Lowers State Rating Once Again

Illinois’ large budget imbalance and an $83 billion unfunded pension liability have led Standard & Poor's Ratings Services to lower the state’s credit rating from A-plus to A.

Today’s announcement also gives Illinois a negative outlook for the future.

The action on the state's general obligation bonds comes less than two weeks after a special Illinois legislative session on pension reform ended with no resolution on reining in the pension costs.

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citizens police academy
12:24 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Rockford Police Department Hosts Citizens Police Academy

Rockford police Department

The Rockford Police Department hosts its eighth Citizens Police Academy beginning September 19. The 8 week class will be held Wednesday afternoons at the city's Public Safety Building.

The course will cover such topics as community policing, recognizing drug and gang activity, crime prevention through environmental design, crime analysis, seasonal crimes/scams/ID theft, organizing and sustaining a watch group, “Shoot, Don’t Shoot” scenarios and more. 

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Rockford
10:05 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Rockford to host travel journalists

Rockford Convention and Visitors Bureau

More than 125 travel journalists from around North America will visit Rockford  next year as part of Travel Media Showcase 2013. The tradeshow is expected to fill approximately 1,000 hotel room nights and bring in more than $100,000 for the local economy.

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Politics
8:06 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Gay Marriage Advocates Lobby Illinois Republicans At Convention

On Tuesday, gay marriage advocates spoke with Illinois Republicans in Tampa. But it’s not clear how their message was received.

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Government
6:26 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Gambling Veto Draws Praise And Criticism

State Senator Dave Syverson and NIU economist Kahn Mohabbat

The city of Rockford was one of five locations that would have been awarded a casino under the bill vetoed by Governor Pat Quinn. Area leaders say they're disappointed in the lost opportunity for economic growth. But they also expressed hope about reviving the gambling effort during the fall veto session.

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Investigation
12:13 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

State Police Reviewing NIU Coffee Fund

Illinois State Police

The Illinois State Police are considering whether to get involved with an investigation into a hidden fund at Northern Illinois University. State police spokesman Sergeant Jose DeJesus says the agency's Internal Affairs division is currently reviewing the case of the so-called "coffee fund." University officials acknowledged they were looking into allegations that NIU employees sold scrap materials to a local company, which wrote checks to an account known as the ``coffee fund.'' Because the matter involves a public university, the case was turned over to the state for review.

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