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Two Wisconsin lawmakers say they are looking into changing state law to prevent a proposed railroad project from forcing people to sell their land. The Great Lakes Basin Railroad would swing 261 miles through Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin in an attempt to relieve train congestion in the Chicago area.

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The Green County clerk in Wisconsin says working nights and weekends are in his immediate future. That’s due to the ballot recount requested for the state by one presidential nominee.

About 19,000 ballots total were cast in Green County for the general election earlier this month. That’s according to Green County County Clerk Michael Doyle.

“We’ve got, like, 3,000 absentee ballots," Doyle said. "That really makes it very difficult for a recount because all of the ballot envelopes have to be certified and it just takes a lot more time.”

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The Sycamore Public Library got a new executive director earlier this month, who recently discussed the library’s future with WNIJ.

For four years, Jesse Butz has worked with the Sycamore Public Library, starting as head of adult services. He says he wants to create new working relationships with other community units and improving upon existing relationships, along with developing new programs and maintaining current ones.

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Now that a state board says there's no point to Gov. Bruce Rauner resuming negotiations with AFSCME, his administration is beginning to impose new terms on members of state government's biggest labor union. AFSCME, however, wants Rauner to return to the bargaining table. State employees across Illinois rallied for their cause Thursday.

Rockford Housing Authority leaders have a plan they hope will make the city’s public housing a better place for to live.

Officers from the Rockford Police Department patrol the city’s public schools. Now the Rockford Housing Authority wants a similar arrangement for its housing developments.

Like the school district, the housing authority would pay for the program: it would cost around $900,000 a year to hire and equip the seven member police unit.

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