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6:35 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Lawmakers To Decide Whether To Delay Probe Of Anti-Violence Program

Governor Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program will be in the spotlight Wednesday as a bipartisan legislative commission meets in Chicago. It's not yet clear how lawmakers will proceed, given that the federal government wants them to put a hold on their investigation of the program. How this all affects the race for governor remains to be seen.

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Sales Unlikely This Year
6:59 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Medical Marijuana Growers Could Apply For Illinois Permits Soon

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Qualifying patients are a step closer to getting medical marijuana in Illinois. 

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Illinois
6:58 am
Tue July 15, 2014

New Rules For Deciding Who Can't Carry Concealed Weapons

A year after Illinois legalized concealed carry, new rules are out to determine the process for deciding who can't carry a gun in public. The Illinois State Police issued the emergency rules this week.

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Consumer Complaints
5:40 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Illinois AG Sues Over Alleged Student Loan Debt Scams

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing two companies for allegedly scamming people with student loan debt.

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Government
6:27 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Quinn Renews Call For Tighter Gun Laws

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Illinois lawmakers are being asked to revisit a bill that would impose tighter gun restrictions. On Sunday, Governor Pat Quinn again called for passage of a measure that would ban the sale or delivery of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition.

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Free Range Radio
12:48 am
Sun July 13, 2014

"Who Cares": Stories From Family Caregivers

Rick Rayburn cares for his wife Marianne, who has dementia.
Andrew Nixon Capitol Public Radio

If you aren't a caregiver now, there's a good chance you'll become one. This week on Free Range Radio: "Who Cares," from Capital Public Radio.

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Agriculture
9:33 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Youth May Hold Key To Grain Bin Safety

Colin Ebbers, 19, of Dakota, Ill. volunteers to be the victim of a grain bin fall during a demonstration by Stateline Farm Rescue, based in Orangeville, Ill.
Jenna Dooley

A 9-year-old boy died in a grain bin this week in southwestern Wisconsin. While every situation is different, agricultural engineers continue to work on new ways to prevent such deaths. Those involved in the training industry say reaching the younger generation will be an important step to prevent entrapments. 

    

Rescue Tools

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Illinois
8:04 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Illinois Tourism Sets Another Record

The Field Museum in Chicago is one of the state's most popular attractions.
Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

There were more than 100 million visitors to Illinois in 2013. State agencies aim to grow those numbers more in the face of budget cuts. 

For the third year in a row, Illinois broke its own record for visitors to the state. In 2013, travelers spent $34.5 billion dollars in Illinois, according to the state's office of tourism.

Though Illinois' new budget provides less for the state's Historic Preservation Agency, and the tourist attractions and museums under it, there have not yet been closures.  However there has been talk of curbing hours of operation later this year. 

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Illinois
7:48 am
Fri July 11, 2014

GOP: Continue State Probe Of Anti-Violence Program

Rep. Jim Durkin

Illinois Republicans say they want to continue a legislative investigation into a mismanaged anti-violence program.

That goes against the wishes of the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Justice asked Illinois state lawmakers to postpone their hearings on the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

Governor Pat Quinn’s advisors who ran the anti-violence program have been subpoenaed by a legislative committee looking into why it was so poorly managed.

Federal prosecutors have also issued subpoenas related to the program.

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Steven Schulz
7:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

UPDATE: Initial Autopsy Results Show DeKalb County Man Shot

The area where Steven Schulz' pickup was found -- north of Route 72, near Annie Glidden Road and the Kishwaukee River.
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6:30 pm, 7/10/14

The DeKalb County man whose body was found Wednesday in the Kishwaukee River died of a gunshot wound to the head. That's the word today from the DeKalb County Coroner.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department says the autopsy and investigation turned up no signs of a struggle or trauma. 23 year old Steven Schulz was reported missing earlier this week: his pickup was found near the Kishwaukee River in northern DeKalb County. A full autopsy report will be available in the near future, after lab results are returned.

A dive team called in from St. Charles found the gun police believe was used to shoot Schulz. The case is still being investigated by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, although Sheriff Roger Scott says there is no threat to public safety.

 

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