Mothers Against Drunk Driving gives Illinois a top rating for efforts against impaired driving. Last summer, the state began requiring convicted drunk drivers to install cameras with devices to test blood alcohol levels. This was a key reason for MADD's 5-star rating.
Former Northern Illinois University Police Chief Don Grady has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the university's board of trustees. It comes a year after his firing. The Daily Chronicle reports the suit wants Grady to be reinstated with back pay and receive a public apology.
It’s getting more difficult for journalists to do their jobs under the Obama administration: that’s according to New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson. And it doesn’t set a very good example for governments at every level.
The Illinois Department of Corrections will hold an expo today in Rock Falls for ex-offenders and parolees.
Department spokesman Tom Shaer says "The Summit of Hope" is designed to reduce the rate of recidivism by helping people update their driver's licenses, find counseling services, and take part in health screenings.
Northern Illinois is experiencing a brief warm-up this week. But it still seems there is no end in sight to the brutal winter that has pummeled the region. Despite the inconveniences, the endless cycle of snow and cold temperatures has brought some seldom used weather terms to the surface.
An Illinois lawmaker wants to make it illegal to smoke in a car with a minor. Senator Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago, says it could spare children from second-hand smoke.
"It's very rare that we try to do something proactive. There's a Yiddish saying, 'Man plans and God laughs.' I don't know what the future has, but I'm trying to be proactive to prevent a child from getting cancer or anyone else getting sick," Silverstein said.