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6:33 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Illinois prepares for video gambling launch

Video gambling in Illinois is scheduled to roll out in bars and restaurants in the coming weeks. But for many businesses, it's still unclear whether they'll get permission to install the machines.

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Government
2:24 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Quinn signs consumer protection and privacy-related bills

WNIJ

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed two new consumer protection laws. One focuses on risky home loans and the other is aimed at preventing debtors from being unfairly sent to jail.

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Government
12:36 am
Sat July 21, 2012

Rockford's riverwalk is under way

Alderman Doug Mark, Illinois Transportation Department's Marva Boyd, and Mayor Larry Morrissey at riverfront ribbon-cutting.
Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ

A major part of Rockford’s new river-walk opened Friday. Local officials cut the ribbon on the $7.5-million project while trumpets blared. 

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Open Meetings Act
10:30 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Quinn signs law closing open-meetings loophole

Gov. Pat Quinn

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Thursday to strengthen the Illinois Open Meetings Act by requiring that notice of public meetings and agendas are posted for two full days before the meeting.

“This law gives the public greater access to information and activities that impact their lives,” Quinn said. “Increasing government openness and accountability from the statewide level to the local level will make Illinois a stronger, more ethical state.”

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The Crundwell Case
11:02 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Rockford vet seeks payment from Crundwell assets

Rockford-based Strathman Veterinary Services Inc. says Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell owes more than $52,000 for services to 67 of her horses, according to documents filed in federal court this week.

The company’s attorney filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit filed in early May to recoup those losses when U.S. Marshals sell those and 334 other horses that belong to Crundwell.

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Government
6:41 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Expert: forest preserve board members justifed in feud

Curt Wood
NIU

Members of the Winnebago County Forest Preserve Board have asked Randy Olson to step down as board president.  They're upset with Olson for not including their input on a new hire.  Olson says he plans to keep his title.

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Government
5:25 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Eleventh hour meeting can't save Rockford driver's facility

Rockford could get a new driver services facility to ease the impending closure of one on the city’s west side. 

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Consumer protection
1:34 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Quinn signs four consumer-protection laws

Gov. Pat Quinn
WNIJ

Gov. Pat Quinn today signed four consumer-protection laws banning false phone charges known as “cramming,” lowering utility costs, and helping resolve billing and credit issues.

“When everyday people work together for the common good, we can improve our state,” Quinn said. “We need to keep fighting for consumer rights in Illinois and ensure those rights are protected from those who would take advantage of them.”

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Government
6:05 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Treasurer talks pensions at DeKalb roundtable

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford talks with a constituent at a meeting in DeKalb.
Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ

The Illinois State Treasurer says lawmakers need to make some progress toward fixing the state’s budget woes, or he says the crisis will get worse. Republican Dan Rutherford was in DeKalb Tuesday to host a roundtable discussion about the state’s finances. He says he doesn’t expect much progress before the November election, although the state’s bond rating is suffering:

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Government
11:28 am
Tue July 17, 2012

I-90 interchange at Irene Road gets support

The coordinating committee of five Belvidere city aldermen and five Boone County Board members has voted unanimously to pursue completion of the interchange at Irene Road and Interstate 90.

The Belvidere Daily Republican reported the committee approved $81,000 for preliminary engineering and $33,800 for a right-of-way consultant, with the city and county splitting that expense.

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