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12:43 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Rockford's Tapco Building demolition begins

Demolition of Tapco Building in downtown Rockford begins, 6/20/12.
Jacqui Stephens WNIJ
  • Tapco story version 1 as aired on WNIJ 6/20/12.

Demolition began Wednesday on the Tapco Building, one of the crumbling old industrial buildings along Rockford’s downtown riverfront.

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Government
12:17 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

DCFS warns of service cuts due to $85 million funding loss

The Department of Children and Family Services is sounding warnings it will cut services that keep kids from having to go into foster care as a consequence of an $85 million budget cut.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he's unhappy with the cuts, and hinted that he'll do something to try to prevent them when he acts on the budget later this month.

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Government
6:32 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Tamms and Dwight prisons to close

Susan Stephens WNIJ

The state’s most dangerous prisoners may soon be leaving their current cellblocks. It’s part of Gov. Pat Quinn‘s plan to close certain state facilities.

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Government
7:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Illinois' probation officers brace for more cuts

After years of cutbacks, probation officers were hoping for a funding increase in the new state budget. Instead, they're facing even deeper cuts.

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Government
6:49 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Governor signs pension bill, but it's not the overhaul he wants

Illinois' pensions systems will get more scrutiny under legislation signed by Governor Pat Quinn. The bill calls on the state to hire an independent actuary. 

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Government
7:02 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Medicaid cuts in Illinois will include dental care

Efforts to reduce costs within the state's program will prevent adult recipients from getting routine check-ups.

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Government
10:40 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Horses for sale, curious entries in Crundwell case

UPDATE: (6/16/12) 

A federal judge has granted permission to the U.S. Marshals Service to begin selling 401 quarter horses owned by former Dixon Comptroller Rita A. Crundwell.

Federal marshals wanted permission to sell some or all of the more than 400 horses owned by former Dixon Comptroller Rita A. Crundwell because of “burdensome” costs, according to a federal court filing this week.

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Government
10:13 am
Fri June 15, 2012

State Park funding bill likely to rise again

IDNR website

Funding for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is likely to be called for another vote — either this summer if the Legislature is called back into session, or in the fall veto session — according to State Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley.

Attempts to fund the department, which supervises state parks and other recreational facilities, failed to pass the state Senate this spring.

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Government
9:49 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Communities open cooling centers to combat heat

Predicted temperatures in the 90s have prompted some local communities to open cooling sites for local residents.

The National Weather Service is predicting a high near 90 degrees today, 92 on Saturday and 86 on Sunday.

Cooling sites offer air-conditioned relief during periods of excessive heat or when an excessive heat advisory or warning is issued by the National Weather Service.

Residents are encouraged to check on elderly neighbors and family members to ensure they are safe and as comfortable as possible

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Government
9:19 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Downtown Rockford parking ramp 44% closed

The City of Rockford has indefinitely closed off 369 spaces – about 44% -- of the 843 spots in the downtown Concourse Parking Deck just across South Church Street from the BMO Harris Bank Center.

With limited on-street parking, the facility is the primary parking location for entertainment events at the former MetroCentre and among the preferred choices for activities at Davis Park along the Rock River.

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