6:59 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Rauner Criticizes Quinn's Prison Early Release Program

Credit Evelyn Sanguinetti,

Bruce Rauner's campaign continues to point the finger at Gov. Pat Quinn for a prison early release program.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate ran ads slamming Quinn for the early release of inmates from state prisons. Some went on to commit violent crimes.

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Kane County
6:49 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Resurfacing Planned For U.S. 20

Credit State of Illinois

Three million dollars is on the way for a construction project in Kane County. State officials announced that the money will be used for resurfacing and widening on U.S. 20 near Pingree Grove.

The money comes from a state-wide construction program.

5:22 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Metro Unemployment Falls For Fifth Straight Month In Illinois

Credit Illinois Department of Employment Security

Unemployment rates in Illinois metro areas declined for the fifth straight month in August.

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6:42 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Durbin: U.S. Has Limited Power Over ISIS

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

Senator Dick Durbin says the U.S. only has so much power over the group known as the Islamic State. American air strikes expanded to Syria after six weeks of bombings over Iraq, where ISIS has strongholds. But Durbin says it's time for Iraqis to be the boots on the ground in the conflict.

"There are 900,000 people in the Iraqi Army. It's huge. A third of them, if well trained and positioned, could take care of this task for sure. There are about 20-50,000 in ISIL. So we certainly are not outnumbered and we won't be."

---Senator Dick Durbin

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6:29 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Painless Childbirth Once A Selling Point In Sublette, Illinois

Sublette archives

A small northern Illinois town is celebrating its history as a once-popular destination for pregnant women.

Eloise Barrett's mother-in-law was looking for a painless delivery back in 1925.

"She was so afraid to have the baby because she had heard from old-time stories about so much pain," Barrett said.

The method was called "Twilight Sleep" because of the soporific state it induced in the mothers.

"She said it was so beautiful to have a baby and not remember any pain," Barrett said.

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6:29 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Rockford Trades Old Traffic Signals For Stop Signs

Credit Flickr User / Clover Autrey "stop sign" (CC BY 2.0)

Traffic patterns will change in downtown Rockford as the city removes outdated traffic lights and replaces them with stop signs.

Studies determined these signals were no longer necessary, according to Traffic Engineer Jeremy Carter. He urges drivers to be aware of the changes.

"I would encourage anyone who is driving through these areas where the traffic signals are being removed just to pay attention, because traffic patterns will change a little bit as people are getting used to the new stop control."

---Traffic Engineer Jeremy Carter

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Medical Marijuana
8:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Update: Illinois Applications To Grow, Sell Medical Marijuana Bring In $5 Million In Fees

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More than 360 groups have applied for cultivation center and dispensary permits under Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program, bringing in more than $5 million in fees.

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5:52 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Customer Card Data Compromised In Jimmy John's Breach

Credit Jimmy John's

Jimmy John's is the latest company to experience a data breach compromising customer data.

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Restoration Initiative
5:34 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Great Lakes Action Plan Adjusts For Climate Change

Lake Superior, Upper Peninsula, Michigan.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

There's a new plan for improving the health of the Great Lakes. The Environmental Protection Agency released its Great Lakes Restoration Initiative's action plan today at a meeting of the region's mayors in Chicago. 

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6:07 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Illinois Candidates Among Top Spenders For TV Ads

TV ads in 2014 state races
Credit Center for Public Intergrity

Illinois ranks fourth in the nation for total TV ad spending this election. The state trails only Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida. The findings come from the Center for Public Integrity.  The largest spending comes for the governor's race between Republican Bruce Rauner and incumbent Pat Quinn. 

The analysis found candidates for Illinois offices spent $26.4 million to air 34,600 ads between early last year and this month.

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