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.
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.
Winnebago and Boone county officials will once again offer cooling sites this summer. The centers offer air conditioned relief when an Excessive Heat Advisory is issued by the National Weather Service. You can find a list of Illinois cooling centers here.
A Northern Illinois University educator wants to help schools close the achievement gap among students of different cultures. Part of the solution involves attracting more teachers from diverse backgrounds into the profession. Dr. La Vonne Neal, dean of NIU's College of Education, has co-authored a book aimed at that goal.
The Rockford Dance Company has a new Artistic Director. Wayland Anderson has been a lead dancer and choreographer for ballet companies in Texas, Maryland and South Carolina, and co-founded the modern ballet company Dancewordz. It's been a busy career, but to hear him tell it, it's all perfectly natural.
The state of Illinois is paying $40 million to the so-called Dixmoor Five - a group of men falsely imprisoned as teenagers for a rape and murder they did not commit.
Peter Neufeld is one of the attorneys for the men. He says the money is beside the point.
"What you have here in Cook County is an epidemic of false confessions by young people, particularly people of color and until they do an investigation you are doomed to repeat those errors in the future and that would be a catastrophe," Neufeld said.