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State Employees Can Keep HMO Provider

Nov 16, 2012

The State of Illinois has awarded Health Alliance Medical Plans a new long term contract to provide HMO coverage to tens of thousands of state workers. That includes many at Northern Illinois University.

illinois.gov

Illinois' Lieutenant Governor visited Northern Illinois University Friday. It's part of her effort to raise awareness about the affordability of higher education.

Curl Trial Won't Begin Until Early Next Year

Nov 16, 2012
NIU

The trial of the man accused of killing a Northern Illinois University Student will now begin in mid-January. The DeKalb County Circuit Clerk's Office says the new start date for William Curl's trial was approved by a judge Friday.

state of Illinois

A new report from the state's comptroller finds Illinois' budget hangs in the balance of debt and need. Republican Judy Baar Topinka says companies, organizations and individuals hired by the state will have to wait to get paid.

Singer Mental Health Case Delayed Until 2013

Nov 16, 2012
Credit Courtesy of Friends of Singer Facebook page

In Rockford...the next court date in the Singer Mental Health Center lawsuit is scheduled for early January.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A group fighting landfill expansion in DeKalb County is going to take a new approach, pulling township government into the case. 

WNIJ

Illinois remains the only the state that doesn’t allow concealed-carry of firearms. Supporters of the movement are hopeful lawmakers in Springfield will eventually approve such a law. In the meantime, Illinois residents wanting a permit can still apply for one. But there’s a catch. 

ilga.gov

A west central Illinois lawmaker is stepping down, just days after he won re-election.   House Republican Jim Watson of Jacksonville says he will leave the seat to take over as Executive Director of the Illinois Petroleum Council.  The group represents oil refineries, marketers and others in the industry.

NIU

The NIU Huskies won a pivotal football game in DeKalb last night. Quarterback Jordan Lynch threw for 407 yards and three touchdowns to help Northern Illinois beat Toledo 31-24.

With the win, the Huskies claim a spot in the Mid-American Conference championship game later this month in Detroit.

Coal Production Up in Illinois

Nov 14, 2012
Department of Energy

The low price of natural gas has meant tough competition for the coal industry. Production is down across the country, except, it turns out, in Illinois.

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