Pipelines
5:07 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Flanagan South Pipeline To Be Ready By Summer

Construction of Flanagan South Pipeline in Livingston County, Illinois (Summer 2013)
Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

A 600-mile oil pipeline is nearing completion in Illinois. When it's done, the Flanagan South project from Canada-based Enbridge is expected to carry 600,000 barrels of crude oil per day. It crosses several states, starting near Pontiac, Illinois to a hub in Cushing, Oklahoma.

Construction began in August of 2013. Enbridge spokeswoman Katie Lange says the pipeline should be in service by the summer.

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Illinois
5:07 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Elgin Lawmaker Cites Health Reasons For Resignation

An Elgin state lawmaker has stepped down.  Representative Keith Farnham says he has been battling serious health issues for years, and in coming months those health issues will require his full attention.

"The right thing to do for the people of the 43rd District is to make sure they have a dedicated, qualified and full-time advocate in our communities and in the State Capitol," he writes.

Last week, federal agents searched Farnham's Elgin office and home.

Officials say they can give no more specifics, as the investigation is ongoing.

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Election 2014
4:07 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Rematch In Illinois' 14th Congressional District

Matt Streb, chair of NIU's political science department

For the second time, Dennis Anderson won the Democratic primary in the 14th U.S. House district. That means he's in a rematch this November with incumbent Randy Hultgren, who defeated Anderson in 2012. The district covers McHenry County and reaches into the DeKalb County city of Sycamore.

Northern Illinois University political scientist, Matt Streb, says Anderson again faces an uphill battle:

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Election 2014
10:30 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Caruana, Springer Win Winnebago Sheriff Bids

Gary Caruana (R) and Bob Springer (D) will face off this fall in the race for Winnebago County Sheriff.
Credit candidate photos

A field of seven Winnebago County Sheriff candidates was narrowed to two last night.  

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Election 2014
9:31 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Cross Wins GOP Treasurer Primary

Tom Cross

Former Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross of Oswego has been declared the winner of the Republican primary race for state Treasurer. He defeated DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan.

Cross resigned his legislative seat in the fall to seek the post held by defeated Republican gubernatorial hopeful Dan Rutherford. Cross has said that, if elected, he will sue the General Assembly and governor if they don't create a balance budget.

Cross will face Democratic State Sen. Mike Frerichs, of Champaign, in the fall election. Frerichs was unopposed in the primary.

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Election 2014
9:23 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Rauner Holds On In GOP; Quinn Wins Big

Bruce Rauner

Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner posted a strong lead Tuesday early in the primary race to face incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the fall general election.

But as the night wore on, State Sen. Kirk Dillard rebounded from a 9-point deficit to a margin of only 3 percentage points behind.

Labor organizations had backed Dillard for a period, but they pulled their overt support recently.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, State Sen. Bill Brady and outgoing State Treasurer Dan Rutherford were very far behind and had conceded the election.

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Election 2014
9:14 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Area Referenda Garner Mixed Results

A variety of referenda appeared on ballots in northern Illinois in addition to contests between candidates for county, state and federal offices.

Here is a county-by-county breakdown of those propositions with reported results:

McHenry County

McHenry County election results are at https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-a-i/county-clerk/elections.

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Election 2014
9:03 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kinzinger Retains Ballot Spot

Adam Kinzinger

16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger easily secured the Republican nomination in his re-election bid. The incumbent defeated Tea Party activist David Hale by a difference of more than 55-percentage points.

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Election 2014
8:54 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oberweis Wins GOP Senate Primary

Jim Oberweis

State senator and dairy magnate Jim Oberweis says he's ready for a tough race against powerful Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

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International
4:04 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Masked Soldiers In Crimea Kill Ukrainian Serviceman, Wound Another

Armed men, believed to be Russians, stand guard near the Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye outside Simferopol, on Monday.
Credit David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters/Landov

A Ukrainian serviceman reportedly was shot and killed and another wounded by masked assailants who stormed a base in Crimea's main city of Simferopol, hours after Russia announced it would annex the Black Sea peninsula.

Ukrainian military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov tells Reuters by telephone from Crimea that it was unclear who the attackers were. He described them as "unknown forces, fully equipped and their faces covered."

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk was quick to denounce the violence, blaming Russian forces for a "war crime."

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