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Lower ComEd rates have some Sterling residents wondering if they should go off the city’s aggregation plan

Sterling made a three-year deal with MidAmerican Energy in 2014.  At the time, their rates were lower than other companies.  

Saukvalley.com reports, however, that this year, ComEd’s rates of 6.3cents per kilowatt/hour is more attractive than MidAmerican’s 7.6 cents to some residents.  

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In the wake of the recent mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, an Illinois legislator has a plan he says is a new path to keeping firearms from terrorists.

    

A plan before Congress seeks to ban anyone on the terrorism watch list from being able to buy a gun.

The proposal just introduced by Illinois State Representative Greg Harris, a Chicago Democrat, takes another tack.

It would essentially prevent anyone charged with making a terrorist threat from having gun.

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Food and Drug Administration officials say a company that provides vegetables for Walmart and Target generic brands recalled those products.

Frozen green peas and mixed vegetables are included in the voluntary recall from the National Frozen Foods Corporation. Those products were recalled because of a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.

The question of appointing a special prosecutor in the case of the decades-old murder of a Sycamore girl will continue in an additional hearing next month.

The victim's older brother, Charles Ridulph, has claimed that DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack has a "conflict of interest" in pursuing the case and has asked the court to name a special prosecutor.  

Brian Mackey

In the political gridlock that’s seized Illinois government, much of the attention has centered on the fight between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic leaders in the General Assembly.

But a new analysis says someone else should share the blame: voters. The people of Illinois are giving politicians contradictory instructions -- namely, keep taxes low but state services high.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has begun informing contractors that all IDOT projects will begin shutting down starting June 30 if no state budget agreement is reached.

A statement attributed to IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn says the move is "due to the majority party in the legislature’s failure to pass a balanced budget."

Illinois Issues: Can't Anybody Play This Game?

Jun 22, 2016

Illinois political leaders’ performance on the budget is reminiscent of the losingest team in modern baseball. 

Commentary — “Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?” More than half a century ago, the legendary Charles Dillon Stengel voiced that lament out of frustration at the way the 1962 New York Mets he managed were performing on their way to losing a modern-era record 120 games.

DeKalb Residents Raise $40K For Teen Transplant Recipient

Jun 22, 2016
Dori De La Cruz

Seventeen-year-old Ricky De La Cruz was born with a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome that prevents normal blood flow.

His family knew the time was coming that he’d need a transplant.

He had the surgery in April but suffered complications; the family is still at the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

Local residents are raising money for the De La Cruz family through a national charity called the Children’s Organ Transplant Association.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he doesn't want to call the General Assembly into special session for votes on a budget even though there are just 10 days left in the fiscal year.

The Republican told reporters Tuesday that special sessions in the recent past have produced only hotter tempers.

Rauner says he'll "evaluate options" in the coming days to avoid the shutdown of ongoing projects and delays to the opening of public schools.

WILL

Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs wants to make sure that, when a life insurance policy-holder dies, insurance companies seek out the beneficiaries -- and don’t try to avoid paying them. 

Frerichs says some insurance companies are sitting on funds that belong to the beneficiaries of deceased loved ones to boost the companies' profit margins.

The Democratic Treasurer is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign House Bill 4633, requiring insurance companies to check regularly to see if a policyholder has died and make an effort to find beneficiaries.  

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