5:21 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Audit Finds State Fairs Did Not Comply With Law


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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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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Winnebago/Boone Counties
5:41 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Hot Summer? Cooling Sites Offer Relief

Credit flickr user / Ray Bodden "98 Degrees" (CC BY 2.0)

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.

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4:40 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

NIU Education Leader Sees Lack Of Diversity

La Vonne Neal
Credit NIU

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.


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6:20 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Rockford Dance Company's New Director Sees Potential In City

Wayland Anderson
Credit Guy Stephens / WNIJ


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.

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6:18 am
Thu June 26, 2014

State To Pay $40 Million In Dixmoor Settlement

Credit state of Illinois

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.

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