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Election 2014
6:50 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Illinois Now Lets 17-Year-Olds Vote

A new group of voters is taking part in Illinois' primary election. A recently adopted law aims to get teens more involved with the voting process.

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Election 2014
4:19 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Primary Election Turnout Expected To Be Low

Credit Illinois State Board of Elections

Hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans will participate in the primary elections today.  That's just a small fraction of Illinois' registered voters.                

State election officials say, before a primary, there's usually an uptick in phone calls and complaints.

Jim Tenuto is with the Illinois State Board of Elections. He says that hasn't happened this time around.

Questions on Election Day? Visit the State Board of Elections Website

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Proposed Constitutional Amendment
12:55 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Can New Maps Clean Up Illinois Politics?

Credit Yes For Independent Maps / independentmaps.org

A non-partisan group looking to overhaul the future of politics in Illinois is picking up the pace of its campaign.  “Yes for Independent Maps” is coordinating an effort to amend the Illinois constitution: it would take the power of drawing state legislative boundaries away from lawmakers and put it in the hands of an independent panel.  

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Transportation
5:58 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Recalls Issued For Honda and Fiat

Vehicles from Honda and Fiat are being recalled.  Honda is recalling 2005 to 2010 Odyssey minivans prone to fuel leaks.

CNN: Honda Odyssey Recall Ties 900,000 Minivans To Fire Risk

Chrysler is recalling 2014 Fiat 500L cars because the transmission shifter can stop working.

Chicago Tribune: Chrysler Recalls 2014 Fiat 500L

Health
5:48 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Vigorous Exercise Cuts Flu Risk

Doing at least two and a half hours of vigorous exercise each week cuts the chance of developing flu.

BBC: Flu Risk 'Cut By Vigorous Exercise'

The annual Flu Survey from British researchers finds moderate exercise did not appear to have a protective effect against the illness.

Election 2014
5:35 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Madigan To Deploy 181 Teams To Monitor Primary Election

Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced 181 teams of assistant attorneys general and investigators from her office will be working throughout the state on Tuesday, March 18, to monitor the primary election.

Madigan urges voters to call her office if they encounter suspected improper or illegal activity. Chicago and northern Illinois voters can call 1-866-536-3496 (TTY 1-800-964-3013).

Attorney General Madigan reminded voters of some of their basic voting rights:

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Election 2014
12:09 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Ballot Issues Include Sales and Property Taxes, School Closing

Voters in several counties in northern Illinois will decide various referenda on Tuesday in addition to selecting candidates for county, state and federal offices. McHenry County heads the list with seven propositions on the county ballot.
Several propositions seek authority to negotiate for electricity rates for residential and small commercial retail customers. Another question in at least two counties is whether a one-percent sales tax should be imposed to benefit school facilities.

McHenry County

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Illinois Pensions
7:40 am
Fri March 14, 2014

To Retire Or Not To Retire: That Is The Question

Credit state of Illinois

The courts ultimately will decide what happens to Illinois’ pension-reform law.  But, two and a half months before the overhaul is set to take effect, thousands of public university employees may soon face a choice: retire before July, or lose a substantial portion of their retirement income.

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Education
6:22 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Bleak Financial Outlook For Some School Districts

Streator Superintendent Matt Wilkinson

A northern Illinois school district worries it might not be able to make payroll next year. The comments follow a new report on the financial struggles facing many districts.

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