The Rockford Choral Union presents its 68th annual performances of Handel’s oratorio “The Messiah” Saturday and Sunday, November 30 and December 1, at Rockford’s Trinity Lutheran Church. Nat Bauer has led the performances for the last 12 years. Bauer says the Choral Union was begun back in 1945, as members of the armed forces were returning home from fighting in World War 2.
The president of the University of Illinois has warned employees about the coming legislative session on pensions. Robert Easter says the deal could be "onerous for public employees." A pension overhaul is not yet a done deal. But leaders of the Illinois House and Senate continue to meet, and are said to be close to an agreement.
Illinois' regional offices of education are moving forward with consolidation efforts. Some superintendents are continuing with their merger preparations now that the state has approved downsizing plans.
The Illinois Attorney General's 2013 Safe Shopping Guide contains color photos and descriptions of children’s products recalled during 2013, including toys, furniture and clothes, and features a new section on previously recalled items that may still be available on the secondhand market.