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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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Illinois
6:20 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Watchdog says savings from electricity aggregation could be short-lived

Many northern Illinois communities are rolling out their electricity aggregation programs. The process allows cities to seek cheaper utility rates for residents and businesses. But a watchdog says consumers she be aware of certain factors before signing up.

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Government
5:52 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Quinn renews call for assault weapons ban

Governor Pat Quinn is renewing his call for an assault weapons ban for Illinois. But in order to get it passed, he'll need the support of a Republican lawmaker who opposes the idea.

Quinn first raised the issue in the days following the Colorado shooting rampage. He spotted an opening in legislation that would have allowed people to purchase ammunition by mail from companies within Illinois. On Tuesday, Quinn used his amendatory veto powers to rewrite the proposal so it would ban many types of semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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Arts
1:52 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Rockford Public Library considers taking on Sullivan Center

The Sullivan Center, Main Street, Rockford.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The Rockford Public Library’s governing board is weighing whether to accept a very large gift…a 30-thousand square foot gift. The board hosted a public open house Tuesday at the Sullivan Center in downtown Rockford.

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High-speed rail
10:19 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Hearings set for Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail study

A series of five public hearings will be held this month to seek comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for high-speed rail from Chicago to St. Louis.

Alternatives for accommodating higher speeds and additional round trips were narrowed down based on criteria that included residential and commercial impacts, travel time reductions, safety and environmental impacts.

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Business
9:56 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Simon says today is ‘The Onion Day’

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon
iilinois.gov

Praising The Onion for uniting its business and editorial operations in Chicago, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has declared today “The Onion Day” to celebrate the digital media company’s consolidation of its headquarters in Illinois.

Formerly based in Madison, Wis., with its editorial staff headquartered in New York City, The Onion consolidated its media operations in Chicago this month, which will include a new studio for digital video production.

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Government
6:39 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Illinois Comptroller says struggling non-profits will get payment priority

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka in Rockford Monday
WNIJ

Non-profit organizations in Illinois are being urged to call the state comptroller, if delayed payments from Springfield are threatening their operations. Comptroller Judy Baar-Topinka is touring the state, urging social-service providers to reach out to her office. 

While in Rockford Monday, Topinka said she'll do all she can to help these groups, but made no promises.

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