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Village of Rockton, Illinois

More than 100 Rockton-area residents packed into Rockford's Veterans Memorial Hall for a Winnebago County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting. Over the course of five hours, they voiced their objections to the construction of an asphalt plant near the village. Northern Illinois Service Co. had applied for a special use permit to build a plant just off Illinois Route 2 in Black's Quarry. The Rockford Register-Star reports the facility would encompass about 35 acres and produce 80,000 tons of...

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner frequently talks about the need to grow the state's economy. However, manufacturers say the energy law he signed yesterday will make it harder for them to compete. The law requires residential and business customers to pay a subsidy to Exelon so they can keep nuclear power plants in Clinton and the Quad Cities open. Mark Denzler of the Illinois Manufacturer's Association says the hike in electric rates will cost some of his members millions of dollars per year. ...

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says his Democratic colleagues will pose tough questions to President-elect Donald Trump’s appointees. Durbin will vote on nominees such as Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General. Durbin has worked closely with Sessions in the past but also differed with the Alabama Republican on certain issues. He wants Sessions to lay out his views on immigration and criminal justice reform. "When things come out in the course of a hearing that make it a public and controversial...

Week Of Testimony Begins In Andrew Rifkin Case

Dec 7, 2016
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Thursday is the first day of several days of testimony in the case against a former Northern Illinois University police officer who was accused of sexual assault. Court officials anticipate the trial of Andrew Rifkin taking about a week and including about ten witnesses. That includes the alleged victim’s former roommate, a digital forensics expert, and NIU health services personnel, according to court documents. Rifkin is accused of sexually assaulting a former NIU student in his apartment...

Comptroller Susana Mendoza says state employees promised bonuses will now have to wait to receive them during the ongoing budget impasse. The office that controls Illinois' checkbook announced Wednesday that payments to social services and public safety come first. Mendoza, a Democrat, took office this week after ousting Republican Leslie Munger in a special election. The issue of bonuses emerged during the campaign. In October, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's office announced merit bonuses...

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