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3:41 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Illinois Primary election: problems at the polls

 

Nearly a quarter of Illinois counties are finding an unexpected problem at their polling places today: some primary ballots are too big and don’t fit into the scanning machines.

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Local
6:38 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Nuclear Plant Upgrades

 

Exelon Energy says it has finished upgrading equipment at a northern Illinois nuclear plant.

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Politics
5:06 am
Tue March 20, 2012

No Contest(s)

A number of candidates are running unopposed in their party’s primary.  In some cases, there is no one running in the other party’s primary, either. That could mean that, for some candidates, the fall election will be a mere formality.  

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Referenda
7:10 am
Mon March 19, 2012

More than just candidates on the ballot March 20

Along with the broad array of candidates seeking their party nomination to political office, a number of other issues will be presented for voters’ decisions. The most popular issue is electrical aggregation. This issue has been supported by government officials at all levels and by business and community leaders.

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State of the City
1:30 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Hopeful Mayor says Rockford is on its own for 2012

Mayor Larry Morrissey
WNIJ Photo

NOTE: The audio file of the complete 2012 State of the City address runs a little more than one hour and includes soundtracks from several videos that were shown as part of the presentation.

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Local
5:20 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Maple sugaring in Illinois

Maple syrup, hot off the fire
Susan Stephens

Maple sugaring season may stir up romantic images of snowy New England woods: buckets dangle from the trees and folks gather around huge steaming kettles, slowly cooking tree sap down into sweet syrup. But did you know you can make your own maple syrup right here in Illinois? In your own yard? 

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Local
2:54 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Blagojevich's goodbye: good enough for a pardon?

photo: wikipedia

Former governor Rod Blagojevich made his last public speech Wednesday before heading off to federal prison. He may want to change his tune if he’s looking to get out of prison before his 14 year sentence is completed. That’s according to P.S.  Ruckman, a Rock Valley College political science professor and expert on presidential pardons.

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Politics
5:29 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Workers Protest Budget Cuts on "Day of Action"

Thousands of caregivers, child protection workers, and police officers represented by the AFSCME will hold a statewide “Day of Action” Thursday. The events will demonstrate opposition to Governor Pat Quinn’s budget cuts.  Employees of the Singer Mental Health Center will hold a protest Thursday afternoon at Rockford's Zeke Giorgi Center. The Singer facility is targeted for closure.

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Health
5:18 am
Thu March 15, 2012

New Evidence Links Life in the Womb and Obesity

New evidence suggests environmental factors in the womb could lead to  increased body weight in later years. The research appears  in the journal Plos One.  Scientists found changes around the DNA at birth which may result from a mother's diet or exposure to pollution or stress. These changes were linked to a higher Body Mass Index in children around the age of nine.

Full Story from BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17234033

Education
10:15 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Wanted: Non-NIU undergrads interested in the environment, paid summer research program

Northern Illinois University is looking for non-NIU undergraduate students who are interested in environmental issues to work closely on research projects with university scientists.

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