Health / Environment
6:02 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Study: Warmer Temps And Malaria

Warmer temperatures may cause malaria to spread to higher altitudes. Researchers warn increases in temperature could result in millions of additional cases of the disease.

BBC: Malaria 'Spreading To New Altitudes'

The findings appear in the journal Science.

5:57 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Broker Gets Millions To Stay In Illinois

An insurance broker is getting more than $20 million in state incentives to stay in Illinois.

Crain's: Gallagher Wins $21 million To Keep HQ In Illinois

Crain's reports the incentives for Arthur J. Gallagher depend on the company keeping 800 jobs and adding 500 within the next five years.

5:23 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Advocacy Group Says Medicaid Cuts Hurt Children

A children's advocacy group is calling for increased state funding of programs that benefit kids in poverty. A report from Voices for Illinois Children says the expansion of Medicaid was the biggest single source of assistance for this population.

Between 2005 and 2012, children’s enrollment in Medicaid and related programs in Winnebago County increased by 61 percent, compared to 47 percent statewide.

Illinois Kids Count 2014 Full Report

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Illinois Jobs
5:03 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Illinois Unemployment Rate at 8.7 Percent In January

Credit IDES

The unemployment rate fell in January, down from 9.2 percent a year ago. That's according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Employers reported 21,600 more jobs than one year ago, but cold weather limited construction growth.

There were 27,600 fewer jobs than one month ago.

In January, lower consumer spending following the holidays was felt in the retail sectors.

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Election 2014
6:43 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Streb: Quinn Will Win Easily Primary Day

Matt Streb chairs NIU's political science department

Six months ago, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election campaign was in trouble. Attorney General Lisa Madigan was weighing a primary challenge and declared challenger Bill Daley blasted Quinn for failing to solve the state's pension problem.

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Severe Weather
6:27 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Illinois Storm Chaser: It's More Than Seeing A Twister

Meteorologist Jeffrey Frame

Tornado season starts in March. On average, 35 tornados touch down in Illinois each year.  

Jeffrey Frame is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois.

He says that makes Illinois one of the better places for chasing storms.

Frame has been chasing them since 2004.

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6:23 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Heroin Task Forces Ramp Up Efforts

State Rep. John Cabello

Illinois could soon see new laws aimed at addressing the heroin problem in many parts of the state. Two special panels are in the process of gathering feedback on possible solutions.

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Higher Education
4:09 am
Thu March 6, 2014

RVC Narrows Presidential Search To Four

Credit RVC

Rock Valley College  announced four finalists in the search for its next president. On campus interviews, including forums open to the public, will be conducted during the last two weeks in March.

The finalists:

 (information from Rock Valley College)

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Severe Weather
3:42 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

State Commits $45 Million For Tornado Clean-Up

A clean up truck hauls away broken tree branches in Gifford, Ill. on Nov. 18, 2013.
Credit Sean Powers / Illinois Public Radio

Governor Pat Quinn is offering $45 million in state funding to help Illinois communities recover from November's deadly tornadoes. That’s after FEMA’s second denial for public disaster assistance. An estimated two dozen tornadoes hit Illinois Nov. 17, claiming seven lives and damaging or destroying thousands of homes, businesses and other structures. Quinn visited the hardest-hit town of Washington with his cabinet. He says the money will come from the state’s capital and emergency accounts. State Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken:

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