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4:50 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Quinn: Former Governor should serve out sentence

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan
Wikipedia

Governor Pat Quinn says imprisoned former Governor George Ryan should serve out the rest of his prison sentence. A federal court has denied an appeal filed by Ryan.

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community event
4:33 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

National Night Out to be observed across the country, area

crimesolvers.net

National Night Out 2012 will be observed Tuesday, August 7th, in communities across the country. People are being encouraged to hold block parties that include visits from local police, to foster improved neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

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Maria Ridulph case
9:59 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Two new faces join McCullough case

Jack D. McCullough
DeKalb County Jail

One of the nation’s oldest criminal cases will have two new faces when the trial begins Sept. 20 in DeKalb County Circuit Court.

Kane County Associate Judge James Hallock will preside over the bench trial and decide the fate of Jack D. McCullough, who waived a jury trial last week on charges of kidnapping and killing 7-year-old Maria Ridulph. The Sycamore girl was abducted from her neighborhood Dec. 3, 1957.

The other new figure in the case is Geneva attorney Tom McCulloch, who was named interim public defender replacing Regina Harris, who resigned in June after five years to start a private practice.

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Government
6:48 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Quinn calls for pension reform, warns of consequences

Governor Pat Quinn says without a retirement system overhaul, Illinois will spend more on pensions than education in the next five years. Quinn's office says under current projections, required state pension contributions will rise to over $6 billion in the next few years if no reform is enacted.

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Government
6:36 am
Mon August 6, 2012

VIDEO: Kirk says recovery continues

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has released another video message on his website detailing his recovery from a January stroke. In the three minute message, the Illinois Republican says he's still working as much as he can. Kirk says physically he is improving, and so far has been able to climb 145 flights of stairs.  

Watch the video here 

NIU
6:24 am
Mon August 6, 2012

NIU spokesman: police investigating secret fund

NIU spokesman Paul Palian
NIU

Northern Illinois University officials are investigating reports of an alleged secret bank account channeling thousands of dollars to several university workers.  NIU spokesman Paul Palian confirms to WNIJ  the university's police department is looking into the matter:

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Illinois
6:34 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Gas prices surge in northern Illinois

There's been a nationwide uptick in gas prices. But prices across the northern Illinois region have surged by nearly 20 cents over the past week.

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Illinois
6:21 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Tough times for mental health services in McHenry County

McHenry County Mental Health Board main office
WNIJ

In recent weeks, WNIJ has reported on cuts to mental health services in northern Illinois. The situation has especially been felt in McHenry County, which saw its main behavioral health provider close this summer, largely because of delayed state payments.

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Illinois
6:40 am
Thu August 2, 2012

New Illinois law bars employers from requesting social media passwords

Illinois is making it illegal for employers to ask job-seekers to hand over passwords to their social networking accounts. Governor Pat Quinn signed the measure into law Wednesday. 

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Illinois
6:32 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Dozens of Illinois counties added to drought disaster list

66 Illinois counties have been added to the list of drought-affected natural disaster areas across the nation. Several northern Illinois counties are included in the latest round of declarations.

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