Health/Taxes
6:02 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Durbin Pushes Cigarette Tax To Fund Research

Credit WNIJ

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin wants a cigarette tax hike to help pay for basic medical research.

Durbin says over the past decade, the National Institutes of Health has had to cut investment in research by 22 percent. 

He says that sort of work should be fundamental to politicians.

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Northern Illinois
5:35 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Anchor-Coupling Making Move To Michigan

The Dixon and Sterling areas will lose about 170 full-time jobs over the next year when a manufacturer moves its facilities to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Anchor-Coupling plants are owned by Caterpillar: the parent company is moving the jobs as it consolidates more of its operations. Dixon Mayor Jim Burke says it’s a big loss to the community. He says he learned months ago the plants were being evaluated.

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Illinois
5:19 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Quinn Approves Supplemental Spending To Fix Roads, Pay Bills

Credit state of Illinois

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn approved a supplemental spending bill this week for the budget year ending June 30th.

The $1.8 billion package pays down some of the state’s overdue bills. It also allocates a small amount of money required to obtain federal disaster funds following the November tornadoes that hit Washington, Gifford, and other Illinois towns.

Representative Greg Harris (D-Chicago) says it also spends $47 million dollars for weather-related road work.

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Local
5:29 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Heroin's Grip Revisited

Aaron Brown
Credit gracefh.com

Later this week, a legislative panel will meet to finalize a report on addressing heroin use in Illinois. It’s one of two task forces created by the General Assembly to come up with solutions. Their work comes amid concerns about the number of fatal overdoses across the state.

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Illinois/Environment
4:47 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Quinn Signs New Law Banning Microbeads

Credit state of Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation to ban the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads.

The new law will require synthetic microbeads to be removed from manufacturing by the end of 2018 and bans the sale of such items by the end of 2019 in Illinois.

Environmentalists say the beads are detrimental to waterways.

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Illinois
4:42 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Civic Federation Weighs In On Plan To Cut Chicago Worker Benefits

Credit Civic Federation

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to take action Monday on a bill that cuts the retirement benefits of thousands of City of Chicago employees.

The proposal sitting on Quinn’s desk would get rid of compounded raises city employees get in retirement, among other benefit changes.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Quinn to sign it - but has said the city council might have to raise property taxes to pay for it.

Quinn’s been critical of cities relying too much on property taxes - and doesn’t want to wear the jacket for Chicago residents who see their taxes go up.

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Illinois
4:37 am
Mon June 9, 2014

New Law Cleans Slate For Some Young Offenders

Credit flickr / username Victor (CC BY 2.0)

A new law will automatically clear certain arrest records for juveniles when they turn 18. It’s meant to keep arrests that did not result in criminal charges from following kids into adulthood. 

The law applies only to arrests for lesser crimes — mostly non-violent. Sex offenses and top felonies will stay on the books, as will any arrest that resulted in formal criminal charges.

The measure was sponsored by state Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, who says just because a youth is arrested doesn’t mean he should be marked for life.

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Illinois
4:28 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Closing Arguments Expected Soon In Lawmaker Bribery Trial

Rep. Derrick Smith
Credit ilga.gov

A federal judge says she expects attorneys to make their closing arguments in the bribery trial of an Illinois state representative Monday.

Prosecutors allege State Representative Derrick Smith took $7,000 in exchange for writing a letter of support for a grant application.

They put an FBI agent on the stand - who told jurors that after Smith was arrested - he took agents to his house and handed over some of the alleged bribe money that he kept in a cedar chest.

The agent says Smith told him that he did it “for the people.”

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Summer Fun
7:27 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Guess That NPR Laugh

Credit WNIJ

Several NPR personalities have recognizable laughs, others are more difficult to place. From chuckles to chortles, test your familiarity with these public radio laughs from popular voices you hear on WNIJ. Answers appear at the bottom.

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WNIJ Sponsors
3:18 am
Sun June 8, 2014

14th Annual Gurler Folk Music Festival

Toe-tapping rhythms and whimsical lyrics will waft over the shady lawn of the Gurler House on Pine Street in DeKalb, as the Gurler Heritage Association presents the fourteenth annual Folk Music Fest, Saturday, June 21st.

WNIJ invites you to join folk music fans from noon to 5 p.m. for an afternoon of great music.  Enjoy Jim Kanas, “David Balika and Friends” and “Last Night’s Fun”.  Get all the details from our Events Calendar.

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