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The board decided this week during a public hearing to vote on rezoning July 1 when no objections came from the crowd. Local officials say the April 9 tornado caused $7.9 million in damages to 90 properties in the small community of about 150 people. Only 25 houses withstood the storm.

Rezoning would ease restrictions if residents decide to rebuild. Many of the houses in Fairdale were in place before county zoning was established in 1948.  

The Daily Chronicle reports Fairdale residents can start rebuilding as soon as the next day if the rezoning is approved.

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A judge has approved prosecutors' request to keep some evidence against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert secret.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin granted the motion for a protective order Monday. It says any discovery the U.S. Attorney's Office provides Hastert's attorneys may not be disclosed to anyone not involved in the case, even after the proceedings end. 

Prosecutors argued disclosing the information ``could adversely affect law enforcement interests and the privacy interests of third parties.'' They say lawyers for the Hastert agreed with the request. 

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A hospital group says Illinois could lease HealthCare.gov if the

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the subsidies that help some people afford

health insurance. An Illinois Hospital Association memo released to The

Associated Press lays out that option for Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers.

The memo is the clearest plan yet for how Illinois could pass legislation and

create a state-based exchange.

 An Illinois lawmaker has announced he will receive treatment for recently diagnosed esophageal cancer.  

State Rep. Frank Mautino of Spring Valley says his doctor found a mass in his esophagus during a routine physical in late January. The 52-year-old Democratic lawmaker says he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer after a biopsy was conducted in February.  

Mautino told The (Ottawa) Daily Times  during a phone interview on Monday that doctors have told him the cancer is 97 percent treatable.  

Bruce Rauner has been sworn in as Illinois' 42nd governor.

 

 The Republican businessman took the oath of office Monday during an inaugural

ceremony in Springfield. He is the first Republican to lead the state in more

than a decade.

 

 Rauner defeated Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in November with promises to ``shake

up'' state government. He faces an immediate challenge in working with a

Democratic-controlled Legislature to eliminate a multibillion-dollar budget

hole.

 

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