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1:51 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Quinn signs law to expedite professional licenses for military families

Bill Sponsor Rep. Bob Pritchard
www.ilga.gov

With First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama looking on, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Military Family Licensing Act to help qualified service members and their spouses obtain professional licenses so they can continue working in Illinois while they are here for military service. 

Senate Bill 275, sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, and State Rep. Bob Pritchard, R-Hinckley, permits temporary expedited professional and educational licenses for active duty members of the military and their spouses.

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Government
6:23 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Illinois ranks high in deaths linked to lack of health insurance

Illinois ranks 6th in the nation when it comes to deaths caused to a lack of health insurance. The findings were issued by Families USA, an advocacy group. The report looked at data between 2005 and 2010. 

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Government
1:40 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Durbin, Kirk will head panel on U.S. Attorney

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL
durbin.senate.gov

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says he and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., will seek an even-handed and bipartisan or nonpartisan replacement for outgoing U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald in Chicago.

Durbin said the two senators will appoint a six-member committee to screen applicants for the job.

He says it doesn't matter if the next top prosecutor is from Illinois or from the outside, as Fitzgerald was when he was appointed.

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Government
11:40 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Rockford curfew limits teen late-night hours

Teens out late in public in Rockford may be subject to the city's curfew law if they are not working or in the company of an approved adult, according to the Rockford Police Department.

No minor under 17 years of age can be out and about in public within the city after midnight Friday and Saturday until 6 a.m. the following morning. The curfew start is moved back to 11 p.m.  Sunday through Thursday, running to 6 a.m. the following day

Government
9:49 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Rockford Parks, LaSalle, Ashton, Galena get state grants for projects

The Rockford Park District will receive $400,000 to develop a winter activity center and family golf course at the Alpine Hills Activity Center on Larson Avenue off South Alpine Road – part of nearly $1 million in funding for northern Illinois recreational sites announced over the weekend.

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Government
6:30 am
Mon June 25, 2012

No clear timetable on state retiree health care changes

Illinois State Senator Pam Althoff, R-Crystal Lake

Retired state workers in Illinois will have to pay more for their health insurance. But it appears it won't be right away. The law signed last week aims to reduce retiree health-care costs. It ends the practice of the state covering the entire premium costs for those with at least 20 years of service.

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Government
2:53 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

High court rejects Freeport man's pornography appeal

A Freeport man’s appeal of a child pornography conviction was denied today by the Illinois Supreme court because he took and sent cell-phone pictures of a 17-year-old girl with whom he had sexual relations in 2008.

The pictures were found by the girl’s mother, who complained to police. Hollins was ultimately charged under child pornography provisions, which set 18 as the age of consent to be photographed in such circumstances. The age of consent for sexual activity is 17.

Government
8:45 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Slain child's remains to be returned to family

The remains of Maria Ridulph, a 7-year-old Sycamore girl kidnapped and killed in 1957, will be returned to her family under a court order granted Wednesday.

The child was abducted from her Sycamore neighborhood Dec. 3, 1957. Her remains were found nearly five months later in rural Jo Daviess County.

Jack D. McCullough, 72, of Seattle, has been charged with murder, felony kidnapping and felony abduction of an infant in the case.

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Government
8:27 am
Thu June 21, 2012

State wants railroad to pay for 2009 fish kill

Illinois wants Canadian National Railway to pay for restocking the Rock River after 72,000 fish died following the fiery June 2009 derailment of a CN train in Cherry Valley.

The Rockford Register Star reports that Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office filed an amended legal complaint filed in Winnebago County Court stating that ethanol from the 2 million gallons on the derailed train spilled into a nearby creek.

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Government
6:13 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Quinn signs off on state retirees paying for health care

Governor Pat Quinn

... but lawmakers push off a compromise on other pension reforms

Effective July 1, retired state and public university employees will be required to kick in more money for their health insurance, Gov. Pat Quinn's office announced early today.

But legislative leaders who met later today to pursue a compromise on paying retirement costs for downstate and suburban school districts pushed any decision back well beyond that date.

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