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3:55 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Syverson Named To Senate GOP Post

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Dave Syverson has once again been chosen to serve as Assistant Republican Leader in the Illinois Senate. According to a news release, Syverson is currently the longest serving member of the Senate GOP caucus.

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12:26 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

91,000+ Illinois Concealed Carry Permits Issued In 2014

Credit ISP

The Illinois State Police say more than 91,000 concealed-carry permits have been issued in Illinois since the state began allowing people to carry concealed guns around in public a year ago.

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Health
6:42 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Blood Test Can Help With Quitting Smoking

Credit Flickr user Tela Chhe / "Smoking Hand" (CC BY 2.0)

A blood test could help smokers when choosing a strategy for quitting.

That’s according to research in the Lancet journal.

How quickly a person breaks down nicotine could provide insight for successful treatment. About 60 percent of people who try to give up, start smoking again in the first week. 

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Health
6:36 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Naps May Help Improve Learning

Credit Flickr user Joshua Blount / "Napping in the crib" (CC BY 2.0)

The key to learning in early life is a lengthy nap. 

That’s according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers say the best time to learn may be right before sleep. They also emphasized the importance of reading at bedtime.

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gun violence
6:27 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Getting Together To Fight Violent Crime In Rockford

Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson,Mayor Larry Morrissey, Pastor K. Edward Copeland, and Sheriff Gary Caruana, speaking at the Rockford Airport.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford has seen a string of shootings, including seven murders, over the past month. That prompted city officials to demonstrate what they are doing about violent crime. 

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University of Illinois
6:27 am
Fri January 16, 2015

U Of I Trustees Stand At Firm 'No' With Salaita

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No means no. 

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees said yesterday their decision against appointing Steven Salaita will not be reconsidered.

Trustees voted to reject the Salaita appointment in September. But a faculty committee on academic freedom cited problems in the way the U of I administration handled the case. They recommended last month that it be reconsidered by an academic committee in the College that sought to employ Salaita, Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Illinois
6:15 am
Fri January 16, 2015

New Governor Means New Material For Political Cartoonists

portrayal of Gov. Bruce Rauner (Scott Stantis)

This week's inauguration of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner marks a change in leadership for lawmakers and employees at state agencies. But it's also a big transition for people who will deal with the new governor in a very different capacity over the next four years: political cartoonists.

Scott Stantis draws political cartoons for the Chicago Tribune. He says Bruce Rauner has very identifiable features.

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NIU
6:42 am
Thu January 15, 2015

NIU Announces New VP Of Administration And Finance

Credit NIU Today

Northern Illinois University announced the selection of the vice president of Administration and Finance. 

Alan Phillips will report to President Douglas Baker as a member of Baker's senior leadership team. 

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Politics
6:33 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Rauner Plans For $1.6 Billion Budget Hole

Credit state of Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner stepped directly into a big budget hole when he was sworn in this week. The state’s about halfway through its fiscal year. 

Illinois' fiscal year goes through June. But before Rauner took over, state agencies had sent signals, they were already running short on cash.

All eyes on are the new governor to see how he deals with what the administration says is a $1.6 billion mid-year hole.

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Politics
6:24 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Labor Union Leader Among Rauner's Reversed Appointments

Jorge Ramirez
Credit Chicago Magazine

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner reversed the appointments of more than a hundred people from the previous governor. That’s leading to uncertainty about who will head several state groups.

The governor gets to appoint people to lead state agencies, like those that control the highways. And he can appoint people to state boards - like those that control whether or not Chicago gets a casino.

Hundreds of people could be out of those jobs, even though Rauner could end up putting them right back where they were.

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