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8:07 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Anti-bullying measure fails in Illinois legislature

The Illinois Senate has rejected a measure aimed at making schools adopt tougher anti-bullying policies. But supporters may try again.

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Government
7:57 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Illinois House approves changes to eavesdropping law

Howstuffworks.com

 

Current Illinois law makes recording police officers in public a crime. The proposed changes approved 71-45 by the Illinois House would decriminalize such recordings. The bill's sponsors say they've addressed concerns raised by law enforcement.

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Government
7:45 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Scholarship program's demise could bring financial relief to Illinois universities

Public universities are required to hand out tuition waivers awarded by state lawmakers. But a pending law change would end the practice.

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Government
7:09 am
Tue May 22, 2012

End is near for legislative scholarships

Governor Pat Quinn says he plans to sign the measure sent to him by Illinois lawmakers. The bill would eliminate the controversial perk.

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Government
6:41 am
Tue May 22, 2012

NATO recap

Chicago Magazine

Chicago police announce arrest numbers following protests of the conference. City officials are praised for their handling of the event.

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Government
6:33 am
Tue May 22, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court won't hear challenge to Illinois political maps

The suit was brought forward by the League of Women Voters of Illinois. Other challenges to redistricting are still pending.

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Local
3:56 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Dock diving still a hit with pet owners

Mike Moen WNIJ

More than a decade after they started, dock diving competitions for dogs remain popular. That was evident this weekend as enthusiasts gathered with their pets in northern Illinois.  

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Community
5:07 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Massive mulch fire closes Route 76 north of Belvidere

Boone County mulch fire, May 18, 2012
Steve Rapp

A massive mulch fire is causing headaches for travelers and residents in northern Boone County. 

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Education
6:00 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Selling back college textbooks can be frustrating

WNIJ

As college courses wrap up for the year, college students are trying to get the best prices for their used textbooks.  

Some textbooks will be updated, and students will not get a penny for those. Others may be damaged or missing portions.  Nothing for those either. 

Increasingly, students are going online to buy and sell or opting for a cheaper upfront cost for an electronic version of the course material.

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Business
2:59 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

State unemployment falls to 8.7% -- lowest since 2009

The April unemployment rate in Illinois fell for the eighth consecutive month to reach8.7 percent, according to federal and state preliminary data released today.

The last time the unemployment rate was below 8.7 percent was February 2009, when it was 8.5 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

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