Joseph Hosey Case
12:21 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Illinois Courts Rule In Favor Of Reporter's Rights, Cameras In Courtrooms

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Two court rulings this week are being hailed as victories for journalists. 

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6:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

NLRB Files Labor Charges Against GateHouse Media

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Formal labor charges have been filed against GateHouse Media, owner of the Rockford Register Star and Freeport Journal-Standard. The St. Louis-based United Media Guild is negotiating an initial contract for employees at the two papers.

The UMG claims that workers were unfairly targeted because of union activities.

The National Labor Relations Board office in Peoria confirmed investigators found that GateHouse Media threatened to outsource photography work to freelancers and imposed work schedule changes without prior negotiations.

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2014 Wolf Hunt
8:39 am
Thu December 11, 2014

154 Wolves Killed As Hunting Season Ends Early In Wisconsin

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For the third year in a row, Wisconsin hunters killed more wolves than allowed by law.

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Games continue uninterrupted
5:58 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Illinois Drops Lottery Management Company

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The Illinois Lottery’s contract with a private management company is over. State officials announced Tuesday evening the contract with Northstar Lottery Group has been formally terminated.

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Wednesday at 5:00
1:23 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

'Ferguson And Beyond' Peace Vigil In DeKalb

People are gathering today in DeKalb to reflect and connect about this week's violence in Ferguson, Missouri and the issues behind it. 

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Veto Session
6:54 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Rules For Ride-Shares: Safety First Or Jobs First?


This week, lawmakers could decide whether Illinois will regulate ridesharing services, like Lyft and Uber.

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Want marijuana exception
11:12 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Illinois Lawyers Say DUI Law Needs Tweaking

The Illinois State Bar Association wants the state's DUI law changed. Supporters of changes to part of the state's law on driving under the influence think they have a pretty good example to hold up. 

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Anti-Police Brutality march
6:02 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Protestors Carry Peace Message In Rockford

Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson speaks to the crowd gathered Wednesday in front of the police station in Rockford.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

About 75 people sang, marched, and chalked messages on sidewalksWednesday night in downtown Rockford. Their protest was part of a national demonstration against police brutality.

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National Protests
4:42 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Rockford Rally Against Police Brutality Today


Rallies are scheduled in Rockford, Chicago, and Carbondale today as part of the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality. 

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Illinois law
4:51 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Medical Marijuana Opportunities And Challenges

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The production and distribution of medical marijuana is slowly coming together in Illinois. It’s a complicated process with a lot of factors that need to be worked out before the first patient picks up medication from a state dispensary.

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