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9:25 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Area colleges working to comply with sprinkler mandate

capl.washjeff.edu

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation requiring all college dorms and residence halls in Illinois to install sprinklers by 2013.  The measure toughens past legislation by instituting stricter penalties for colleges that don't comply. Certain extensions may be available through 2014.

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6:35 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Quinn halts prison inmate transfers

Wikipedia

Governor Pat Quinn's administration has agreed to stop moving inmates out of prisons Quinn plans to close for now. AFSCME -- the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees -- says the agreement is an important first step.

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College textbook costs
3:35 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

College students have options to save on books

niu.edu

Study points to rental and e-book offerings and more

A new study says the increasing availability of e-book and rental programs is allowing college students to spend less on textbooks.

The study by OnCampus Research, a division of the National Association of College Stores, says students report spending an estimated $655 annually on required course materials, down from $667 two years ago and $702 four years ago.

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Health
1:42 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

New West Nile cases in Illinois

umaa.org

West Nile virus is striking people earlier than usual this year in Illinois, and health officials say the number of cases now stands at six. Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said Wednesday that human cases have been reported in Chicago, Evanston and several Chicago suburbs.

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Illinois
6:29 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Illinois' cameras in courts program awaits big test

Illinois' cameras in courts pilot program is more than six months old. A spokesman for the state Supreme Court says so far, everything appears to be working fine.

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Government
3:43 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Enterprise zones extended in Illinois

Gover Pat Quinn signing a new Illinois law during a stop in Rockford

Governor Pat Quinn toured Illinois Tuesday as he signed legislation that extends tax incentives for businesses within so-called enterprise zones. One of the stops was at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport.

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Government
5:37 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Advocates fight to keep mental health facility open

Courtesy of Friends of Singer Facebook page

State officials are gathering public input on the pending closure of Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center.  As part of a cost-cutting move, Governor Pat Quinn signed a budget that calls for shutting the facility's doors this fall.  The governor says it's also part of an effort to focus more on community-based mental health care.

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-Illinois
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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