6:55 am
Mon December 1, 2014

IHSA Responds To New Lawsuit

The Illinois High School Association is responding to a new lawsuit. It alleges IHSA hasn't done enough to protect football players from concussions. 

An attorney filed the suit on behalf of a former Cook County high school quarterback. IHSA officials say concussion management remains a top priority. 

6:53 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Ill. Supreme Court Will Hear FutureGen Case

Credit FutureGen

The Illinois Supreme Court agreed to hear a case regarding the FutureGen clean-coal project in central Illinois.

The high court said it would consider whether state utilities must buy electricity from the Morgan County facility. A 2012 ruling required companies like ComEd to sign 20-year contracts for FutureGen-produced power.

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Anzu wyliei
6:46 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Meet 'Pearl': The Next Big Thing At Burpee

Artist's version of Anzu wyliei, the species of oviraptorosaur "Pearl" is expected to be.
Julius T. Cotonyi Burpee Museum of Natural History

What’s seven feet tall, covered with feathers, and is moving, piece by piece, into the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford? It’s “Pearl,” an extremely rare dinosaur that could fill in some blanks for researchers.  

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6:42 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Same-Day Voter Registration May Stay

Credit League of Women Voters

Lawmakers will consider keeping same-day voter registration for Illinois' general election. 

A bill sponsored by State Sen. Don Harmon is scheduled to be presented today in a House committee. It would make permanent a measure passed last spring that allowed same-day voting registration and extended early voting.

The original legislation made the changes effective only for the general election.

Harmon says same-day registration was a successful experiment that's worth continuing. Republicans argued the provisions were intended solely to boost Democratic turnout. 

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6:39 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Chicago City Council Holds Special Minimum Wage Meetings

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to pre-empt state action on local minimum wages. 

The City Council is planning special meetings to raise the city's minimum wage to 13 dollars an hour. A work force committee will meet today and a special council meeting is on Tuesday.

Officials are worried business groups will push for Springfield legislation that prohibits municipalities raising their minimum wage higher than the state's.

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6:29 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Might Not Have Best Deals

Retail shopping in November and December are projected to generate $89 billion, according to advisory firm Forrester Research. That’s a 13 percent growth over last year.  But despite the projected boost in sales, today’s online shopping might not bring you the biggest savings. Sucharita Mulpuru is with Forrester:  

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WNIU Sponsors
11:34 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

J. R. Sullivan's Hometown Holiday

  The 19th annual "Hometown Holiday" variety show returns to the Sullivan Theater in the Nordlof Center in Rockford on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 12th through the 14th. Produced by J. R. Sullivan of the former New American Theater, "Hometown Holiday" features a blend of holiday-inspired storytelling, comedy and seasonal and popular songs peformed by regional actors and musicians. For more information on this Rockford-area tradition, visit our Events calendar.

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Ferguson Aftermath
8:51 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Darren Wilson Resigns As Police Officer

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson

Officer Darren Wilson is no longer a member of the Ferguson Police Department.

Wilson's resignation Saturday comes less than a week after a grand jury declined to indict him in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Attorney Neil Bruntrager says his client's resignation is effective immediately. Wilson had been on administrative leave since Aug. 9.

In a resignation letter sent to Ferguson officials on Saturday night, Wilson said he hoped his stepping down would “allow the community to heal.” But activists called it too little, too late.

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