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Minnesota-Based Charity To Assist Naperville 'Heroes'

Aug 24, 2016

  A new real estate discount program will assist Naperville police, firefighters, military personnel, healthcare workers, and teachers.

Minnesota-based “Homes for Heroes” is working with Naperville's First Centennial Mortgage and Aurora's Inspire Reality Partners to make it easier for these professionals to buy, sell, or refinance a home.

The Daily Herald reports this includes paying for property appraisals, as well as offering discounts on brokerage fees.

Rockford Public Schools

Negotiations continue in Rockford  between the Public Schools and property owners to expand into areas around Lincoln Middle School and Kishwaukee Elementary School. 

The Register-Star reports Board members learned of four negotiated purchases Tuesday night near both sites, while eminent domain authority was approved for two lots on Second Avenue. 

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A new study was completed on one of the mounds at Cahokia State Historic Site.  It shows human remains dated at 900 years old belonged to both men and women.

This contradicts earlier theories that the mound was for elite warrior men, and, according to one professor, shifts the narrative more toward fertility symbolism.  

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Rod Blagojevich's lawyer has notified a federal court that the imprisoned former Illinois governor plans to appeal his 14-year sentence for corruption imposed at a resentencing earlier this month.

Leonard Goodman filed the brief notice with U.S. District Court in Chicago Tuesday informing sentencing Judge James Zagel that the 59-year-old Democrat will appeal to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Zagel on Aug. 9 rejected pleas for leniency from the now white-haired former governor and kept the sentence originally imposed in 2011 at 14 years.

Rauner Signs Measure To Curb Gun Trafficking

Aug 23, 2016
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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner today signed into law a measure that would increase the sentences for illegal gun sales.

People with a record of firearms offenses who try to sell guns will face harsher penalties.

Rauner says the law targets so-called straw purchasers.

“Now, someone who’s bringing guns into the state to sell, just bringing them in for that purpose, we can now go after them and we can prosecute them in a very aggressive way,” Rauner said.

The measure imposes a sentence of up to 20 years for a first offense and up to 30 years for a second one.

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