Illinois
5:16 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Law Designed To Ease School Transfers For Military Families

Credit state of Illinois

Children in military families should have an easier time changing schools when their parents transferring in and out of Illinois. 

Last summer, Tom White retired from the U.S. Army and accepted a post teaching military law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. But instead of moving his family near his work in Illinois, White opted to live in Indiana and commute at least an hour each day.

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Government
3:07 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Quinn Makes Minor Changes To State Budget

Credit state of Illinois

Illinois will have a budget in place when the state's new fiscal year begins Tuesday. The governor signed it into law Monday. He left much of the plan approved by Democratic legislators intact, with a couple of exceptions meant to play well with voters.

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Local
7:20 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Hive Talkin': Sticking With Beekeeping As A Hobby

Carolyn Hudon surveys one of her bee hives
Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

Beekeeping is enjoying a nice comeback in many U.S. states, including Illinois. Renewed interest in the hobby is linked to concerns over declining bee populations. Enthusiasts also say curiosity tends to reel people in.

No matter the case, those with experience say that, while beekeeping is rewarding, it’s not an activity you can just buzz into.

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Illinois
5:21 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Audit Finds State Fairs Did Not Comply With Law

Credit http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/horse/

A state audit has found that state fairs in both Springfield and DuQuoin overcharged entrance fees for horses in racing events. But the Department of Agriculture says it's a consequence of the state contributing $200,000 less toward the purse.

The audit also found that the DuQuoin fair only held three out of the five prescribed days of horse racing.

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Medical Marijuana
5:01 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Company Seeks Permit For Medical Marijuana Cultivation Center In Peru

  1. The Peru city council will learn more tonight about a request to build a medical marijuana cultivation center. AgriCare Nutrition LLC, based in Sioux Falls, S.D.,  is seeking a special use permit to establish the center on Unytite Drive.
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Free Range Radio
3:26 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Reveal 3: Investigative Series Tackles Tough Issues Sunday

The first episode of Reveal prompted congressional hearings. What will the third bring? Find out on Sunday evening at 6:00 on WNIJ.

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term limits and redistricting
1:21 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Judge Rejects Fall Ballot Questions; Remap Group Won't Appeal

Cook County Judge Mary Mikva ruled today that three signature-driven ballot measures don't meet constitutional requirements and cannot be on this fall's general election ballot. 

Two of the measures call for legislative term limits, and another asks for the formation of an independent commission to oversee the state's political map-drawing process. 

Attorneys for advocates of the term limits measures say they will appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court next week.

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2014 Summer Book Series
6:40 am
Fri June 27, 2014

No Spoiler: Frances Kills, Then Chats With God About It

"This is the story of a retired high school Latin teacher who murders her son-in-law."

That's what Robert Hellenga wanted on the cover of his latest novel, The Confessions of Frances Godwin.

"I felt it was necessary to give some oomph to the story," Hellenga explains. "Otherwise, the memoir of a retired Latin teacher doesn't sound too exciting."

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Local
6:04 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Could Rfd Police Court Fight Pave The Way For Similar Complaints?

Credit Rockford Police Department

In Rockford, a legal fight is brewing between the police chief and union leaders. A legal expert says the case could have implications on how management disputes in other departments are handled.

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