Concealed Carry
3:25 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Gun Rights Activists Rally At Illinois Capitol

Credit state of Illinois

The state has just begun issuing the licenses that allow qualified individuals to carry guns in public.

Illinois law still forbids guns in 23 types of locations, like schools and bars.

Proposals before the General Assembly would add to that list and prohibit guns in churches and restaurants. 

Valinda Rowe, with the group Illinois Carry, wants the opposite.  She says the more places law-abiding citizens can carry guns, the safer everyone will be.

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7:40 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Illinois Health Department Worried About Antibiotics Use

Illinois health officials say most antibiotics prescribed in hospitals and nursing homes are unnecessary and their overuse has led to an increase in deadly superbugs.

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6:33 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Jefferson Students Seem Content With Career Academy Choices

Rockford's Jefferson High School continues in its first year of career academies. Students here are getting the first true test of the district’s approach to career-themed learning. WNIJ’s Mike Moen has been hearing from students about their experience. In his latest visit, he found a statistic that surprised just about everyone at the school.

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6:20 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Illinois Attorney General Says All Counties Can Issue Gay Marriage Licenses


Illinois' Attorney General is telling county clerks they have the right to immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Stepping down this spring
1:15 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Carl Kasell To Retire From 'Wait, Wait...'

Carl Kasell, newsman, quiz judge, and magician, tells WNIJ staffers that Nina Totenberg was the first person he ever cut in half, during a 2011 visit to DeKalb.
Credit Diane Drake / WNIJ

Carl Kasell is retiring from "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" and moves into his new role as Scorekeeper Emeritus of the NPR news quiz.


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10:12 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Temporary Layoffs At Chrysler Plant

Credit Susan Stephens

325 workers at the Chrysler assembly plant in Belvidere have received temporary layoff notices.

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Illinois Budget
6:25 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Civic Federation: Illinois Missing Out On Retirement Revenue

As more baby-boomers retire, Illinois is increasingly missing out on a revenue source.   Of the 41 states with an income tax, Illinois is one of only three that exempt all pension income.

A new report from the Chicago-based Civic Federation says Illinois needs to take a longer-term approach to budgeting; one that is rooted less in politics, and more in reality. Most notably. the group recommends Illinois extend its current income tax rate for a year before gradually rolling it back.

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6:18 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Study Finds Many Soldiers Enter Service With Mental Illness

A new study questions the military screening of recruits.

Chicago Tribune: Nearly 1 In 5 Had Mental Illness Before Enlisting In Army, Study Says

Researchers found more than 8% of soldiers had suicidal thoughts. The findings in JAMA Psychiatry suggest a weakness in the recruiting process.

6:02 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Freeport Aldermen Approve Sale At Rawleigh Complex

Credit Guy Stephens

Freeport aldermen approved a plan to sell part of a sprawling industrial compound plagued by environmental problems. For more than a decade, city officials have been removing contaminated soil and lead paint from the Rawleigh complex, the site of a former food processing center. The Freeport Journal Standard reports city leaders agreed to businessman Pete Alber's bid of $100 to buy Building D of the complex.

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5:56 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Link Found Between Temper And Heart Attack

Having a temper may increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Researchers identified a two hour period following an outburst when people were at a heightened risk.

BBC: Angry People 'Risking Heart Attacks'

The findings appear in the European Heart Journal.

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