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The agency that investigates police misconduct in Chicago says the city's police department needs a policy that prohibits officers from engaging in any kind of discrimination.

The recommendation from the Independent Police Review Authority's chief administrator, Sharon Fairley, came after the agency suggested firing an officer who was accused of using a racial slur about President Barack Obama.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Fairley said other officers "were not as forthcoming as they should be" about the remark when IPRA interviewed them.

An Illinois appeals court has reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit against a Northern Illinois University fraternity by the family of a pledge who died in 2012.

The Daily Herald reports the family of David Bogenberger sued the NIU chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, arguing the fraternity and its members were responsible for Bogenberger's death because pledges were required to participate in excessive drinking to gain membership. 

The 19-year-old died in 2012 with a blood alcohol level of .43 percent after a fraternity party.  

Lake County Sheriff's Office

A judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss felony charges against the widow of a Lake County police officer who authorities say staged his suicide. 

Melodie Gliniewicz was charged after her husband, Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, died Sept. 1. Authorities say he staged his suicide because he feared discovery of his embezzlement from a youth program.

Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti said in her ruling that Gliniewicz's widow was legally accountable for funds misappropriated from Fox Lake Explorer Post 300.

A group of northern Illinois home care providers is calling for increased state funding.

Lisa Fambro owns Open Arms Day Care in Rockford. Some of her families receive state subsidies to help pay for childcare. She criticized a change in qualifications last fall for the Child Care Assistance Program which reduced the number of eligible families.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan promised to call lawmakers into session weekly, but he canceled a planned session scheduled for today. He's already canceled several of these meetings.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner openly berated Madigan for his decision. But Madigan says bipartisan "working groups" are making progress on the budget.

Lawmakers have different approaches to finding a compromise between Republicans and Democrats. 

Rockford-area Rep. Litesa Wallace, a  Democrat, says there’s no reason to call lawmakers back into session.

When the FBI enters your life, they are not to be trusted.

This is Michelle Monelle's advice to the reader as she revisits her past during a series of interviews with two agents. Monelle is the protagonist of GK Wuori's latest novel, HoneyLee's Girl.

The book is the second of five selections for this summer's Read With Me Book Series.

  Following the attack on a nightclub in Orlando, dozens of gay men who wanted to give blood were turned away by donor banks.

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, a Democrat from Chicago, says this practice needs to stop because there’s no scientific reason for it.

The Democrat is urging the Food and Drug Administration to change its policy.

IFT

 The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board on Tuesday officially certified a union for support staff at Rock Valley College. Workers filed paperwork in April with the board indicating the staff’s desire to form a union. Around 140 RVC support staff join the new Rock Valley College Support Staff Association, a local chapter of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers.

A motorcycle crashes into a car on U.S. 20. A reporter investigates a town where every child appears to be a truant. And an aide to the governor pushes a bill to outlaw "unschooling."

These are the main plot lines in Kristin Oakley's novel, Carpe Diem, Illinois. The book starts our Read With Me Book Series for this summer. Before we go further, we should explain unschooling.

Rockford-Based Foundation To Announce Community Grants

Jun 14, 2016

A northern Illinois group will announce resources this week to support agencies working with area youth.   

The Mill Foundation helps programs and organizations with grants that benefit disadvantaged youth in the Rockford’s region. The foundation helps nonprofit organizations and programs in the greater Rockford area that support children, youth, and families and are compatible with the foundation mission.

Mill will announce the recipients of this year’s grants at 10 a.m. Thursday, at the Ken Rock Community Center in Rockford.

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