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6:35 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Fox Valley Orchestra, Chorus To Host DIY Messiah

Lisa Fredenburgh leads the Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus in rehearsal
Credit Guy Stephens / WNIJ

This weekend, Dec. 21, the Fox Valley Orchestra and Chorus present a "Sing-Along Messiah," an event often known as a "Do-It-Yourself Messiah."  Audience members are invited to join the choir in singing choruses from Handel’s masterpiece.

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Health
6:25 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Experts Suggest Connection To Autism, Air Pollution

Credit Flickr user Jake Setlak / "Smog" (CC BY 2.0)

Scientists are suggesting a link between autism and air pollution exposure during pregnancy. 

The study in Environmental Health Perspectives says tiny particulate matter, which can be passed from the lungs to the bloodstream may be a factor. 

Experts say pregnant women should minimize their exposure to air pollution. However, the link has yet to be proven.

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Winnebago County
5:03 am
Thu December 18, 2014

New Flood Maps Mean More Flood Insurance For Some

Andrew Epstein WNIJ

Illinois is updating some of its flood maps: and that means some homeowners will need to buy flood insurance for the first time.

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Illinois
4:04 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Friends, Family Remember Topinka At Memorial Service

Credit Amanda Vinicky / Illinois Public Radio

Republicans and Democrats alike are remembering Judy Baar Topinka.

The state comptroller died last week after complications from a stroke.

Topinka was a Republican who was supported by labor unions and endorsed same-sex marriage.

At her memorial service Wednesday- Governor-elect Bruce Rauner said he got to know Topinka during his campaign - when he frequently criticized unions.

Topinka’s memorial service - was at a union hall in Chicago’s southwest suburbs.

That was not lost on Rauner.

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Joseph Hosey Case
12:21 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Illinois Courts Rule In Favor Of Reporter's Rights, Cameras In Courtrooms

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Two court rulings this week are being hailed as victories for journalists. 

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Illinois
6:22 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Illinois Supreme Court Warns Residents About Arrest Warrant Scam

Illinois residents are being warned about a phone scam where victims are told there's a warrant for their arrest because of missed jury duty. They're also told they can avoid arrest by paying a fine.

The Illinois Supreme Court issued an alert to courts throughout the state, saying the scam recently was carried out in Kendall County. 

NIU
6:20 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Demolition Begins For NIU Douglas Hall

Credit NIU Today

Northern Illinois University began demolition for Douglas Hall, which housed students from 1963 to May. 

Officials say the removal is part of a $4.5 million plan to extend Lucinda Avenue west to Stadium Drive, making it a major east-west thoroughfare on campus.

To watch the demolition process via webcast, click here.

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Health
6:12 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Fat Breathed Out Of Body During Exercise

Credit Flickr user Matt_Weibo / "fitness centre" (CC BY 2.0)

Fat can be breathed out as carbon dioxide as well as burned off. That’s according to a study in the British Medical Journal.

Results from the study show lungs are the primary excretory organ for weight loss.

Researchers say people still need to huff and puff with exercise to keep slim; hyperventilating by itself won’t do the trick.

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Illinois
5:52 am
Wed December 17, 2014

CUB, AARP Prepare For Fight Against Phone Industry

Credit WCBU

The Citizens Utility Board and AARP are joining forces to prevent the phone industry from ending landline service statewide.

The two Tuesday launched the “Save Our Service” campaign. This comes as lawmakers are expected to consider revisions to the Illinois Telecommunications Act next year.

CUB spokeswoman Megan Carlson says the telecom industry is expected to push for phone deregulation.

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5:21 am
Wed December 17, 2014

St. Charles Police Department Proposes Fine Increases

Credit Illinois Liquor Control Commission

  Penalties for alcohol-related offenses in St. Charles may soon see dramatic increases. The St. Charles liquor commission convened Monday night to hear police proposals to sober up bad behavior in their community.

Police proposed increases in fines for alcohol-related offenses such as public intoxication and public urination. According to St. Charles deputy chief of administration Steve Huffman, police suggested increasing the minimum fine from $100 to $250 for a first-time offense.

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