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Dozens of residents joined at the DeKalb Public Library over concerns for several pipeline projects in the U.S.

Dave Davis, an organizer of the event, says the people should be aware of the potential effects of pipelines.

Enbridge operates a line through southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The company has expanded the line in recent years and continues to add upgrades.

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Sep 22, 2016
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Governor Bruce Rauner came into office as a big advocate of charter schools.  

He promoted the idea again this week during a Facebook live forum, when he seemed to tie school choice to the state budget.  

“Parents want and deserve options, and we’ve got to make sure as we change our funding formula, that options are on the table and we create the financial ability for low-income parents in particular who can’t afford to move or can’t afford private school tuition,” Rauner said.

The Illinois Supreme Court struck  down a law Thursday  that cut civil juries in half and hiked their pay.  

When lawmakers passed the measure in 2014, they argued that having fewer jurors made the higher pay affordable.

But critics say it was a thinly-veiled parting gift from state Democrats to to trial lawyers.

The thought is that smaller juries would be prone to paying out higher awards in personal injury cases.

Doctor Tom Anderson is president of the Illinois State Medical Society.

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The city of Marseilles, Ill., will get more than a million dollars in a settlement reached with Ingram Barge Company over damage caused by extensive flooding in April 2013.  The Ottawa Times reports the city’s mayor announced the settlement Wednesday night at a city council meeting.

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