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Polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday for April 5 Illinois Consolidated Election. There are approximately 1,600 races across 18 counties of northern Illinois -- plus a handful of referenda.

Decisions will be made on school, library district, park district, township and village board members as well as a variety of individual offices.

The following counties have provided links for election results. Simply click on the county name below to be connected to the web page for unofficial results:

Proposal Would Ban Smoking In Cars With Kids

Apr 7, 2015
WNIJ

Illinois has been "smoke-free" since 2008. State law bans anyone from lighting up within 15 feet of public places and businesses. Now legislators are considering broadening where smoking is prohibited. 

There’s a bumper sticker that reads "At Least I Can Still Smoke In My Car."

Not for long, if a measure that recently got the approval of a Senate committee continues to advance.

The proposal would forbid adults from smoking if anyone under the age of 18 is in the car; doing so would trigger a $100 fine.

Kirk Won't Lend Support To LaHood In 18th District Election

Apr 7, 2015
WTTW

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk isn't lending his support to anyone yet in the race to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock in the 18th Illinois Congressional District.

Kirk says he's letting his fellow Republicans choose their candidate for a special election. He declined to endorse the current front-runner, state Sen. Darin LaHood.

"I would say Darin has the right family name for Peoria leadership because his dad is so well-loved," he said, referring to long-time Congressman Ray LaHood.

Secrecy Remains For Illinois Medical Marijuana Law

Apr 6, 2015
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Just who would be able to grow and sell marijuana under Illinois' new medical cannabis law was supposed to have been announced by Gov. Pat Quinn.  Instead, he raised eyebrows by leaving office in January with the question lingering.

As a candidate, now Gov. Rauner had blasted the law. That's why it came as a surprise when a month later, he announced dozens of authorizations for medical marijuana farms and stores.

Public Works Director T.J. Moore announced his resignation from the City of DeKalb. According to a news release, Moore has accepted a similar position for the Village of Hanover Park.

Moore spent four years in DeKalb as Public Works Director.

His last day with the City will be Wednesday.

The release says the City of DeKalb will begin recruitment for Moore’s position immediately.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has granted two and denied 57 clemency petitions. According to a news release issued Friday, Rauner inherited nearly 3,000 petitions from previous administrations, dating back more than six years.

The Governor’s Office says it has developed a process to review clemency petitions on a regular basis.

Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check through the Illinois State Police’s Law Enforcement Agencies Data System.

These are the first petitions he has reviewed since taking office.

Illinois State Police

The Murray Developmental Center was a big issue in Southern Illinois during last year’s gubernatorial race.

Former Gov. Pat Quinn had vowed to close the residential center, at the urging of some disability advocates.

The guardians of the people who live there -- and the residents in the area -- pushed back and, during the campaign, current Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged to keep Murray open.

Department of Human Services spokeswoman Veronica Vera says a resident died there on Monday.

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The upcoming season could make an allergy sufferer’s eyes water.

A spring allergy outlook from Accuweather says a slow climb out of winter weather will delay the spring season. But when it hits early next month, it’ll be “intense.” 

The Illinois state climatologist says March was colder than normal and unusually snowy.

The statewide average temperature for the month was 38 degrees. That's three degrees colder than average.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says Illinois should deny a pension to a terminally-ill former lawmaker for collecting and trading nearly 3,000 pornographic images of children. 

Madigan ruled Thursday former state Rep. Keith Farnham forfeited his right to his twelve-hundred dollar monthly benefit.

Madigan says that’s because Farnham used the state's computers to access child porn before he resigned last year.

Madigan also says the Elgin Democrat is due a refund of his pension contributions.

A legislative panel will consider Farnham's pension April 15. 

NIU Supermileage Team Competes In Detroit

Apr 3, 2015
Northern Illinois University

A Northern Illinois University team will compete in a championship in Detroit next weekend.

This time, it’s not for football. 

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