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10:14 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

Winnebago-Boone courts next for cameras and microphones

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride was the keynote speaker at the Illinois News Broadcasters Association's spring 2012 convention.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The 17th Judicial Circuit, comprising Winnebago and Boone Counties in northern Illinois, will be the next courts to permit news media cameras and recording devices during trials.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride announced the action Saturday during an address to the Illinois News Broadcasters Association convention in Macomb. He said the order will be issued today.

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Government
9:23 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Around Illinois – April 27

  • Traveler with rash holds airliner
  • Lead paint problem gets a new focus
  • Rep. Johnson doesn't want ex-staffers to run
  • Manufacturers applaud Senate action
  • Area vet wins Tillman scholarship help
  • Troopers "ramping up" safety concerns
  • The Cash Dash is coming!

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Around Illinois
11:24 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Around Illinois – April 26

  • What happens to the Illinois 'Amazon Tax' now?
  • A 'surreal' interview with Dixon's mayor
  • How's our neighbor doing on jobs?
  • Chrysler comeback gets an airing
  • Will crime victim rights be strengthened?

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Government
8:31 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Reports say Medicaid cuts would cost Illinois jobs

A pair of separate reports criticized proposed cuts to Illinois' Medicaid program.  Governor Pat Quinn wants to reduce program spending by $2-billion dollars, and raise cigarette taxes to close the rest of the Medicaid budget shortfall.

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Illinois
12:59 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Around Illinois – April 25

  • More high school math supported
  • Poll sees gaming as a good bet
  • A test for chlorine safety in Rockford
  • Church installs solar panels
  • Did owners keep workers' health, retirement funds?

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Government
4:15 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Freeport, Elgin landmarks make state's 'endangered' list

Freeport City Hall
Landmarks Illinois

Two northern Illinois structures have made the Landmarks Illinois 2012 list of Ten Most Endangered Places. They are the Freeport City Hall in Freeport and the Fox River Country Day School in Elgin.

The list, now in its 18th year, calls attention to threatened historic resources in need of assistance in the form of responsible stewardship and/or creative reuse plans. The economic downturn, public deficits and a lack of available financing continue to challenge historic sites throughout Illinois.

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Government
7:32 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Electric vehicle charging stations: Good government investment?

An emerging car market presents governmental bodies with the potential need to provide the necessary infrastructure.  But, is there enough demand yet for public investment of charging stations? 

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Government
1:06 am
Tue April 24, 2012

NIU fraud expert: what to watch for in the workplace

NIU Professor David Sinason
  • ... plus a link on the benefits of hindsight

It’s been a week since Dixon’s comptroller was arrested and charged with misappropriating 3.2 million dollars from the city since last fall. A federal complaint also accuses Rita Crundwell of stealing more than 30-million since 2006. One Northern Illinois University accountancy professor says there’s a lot the city could have done to prevent the alleged theft. 

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Government
1:53 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Dixon comptroller fired

The City of Dixon has fired its comptroller. City Council members voted unanimously today to fire Rita Crundwell, retroactive to the day she was arrested on federal wire fraud charges.

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Government
10:41 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Issues around Illinois - Apr. 23

  • MetLife settles questionable practice investigation
  • A new way to train for alcohol awareness
  • Why aren't day-care facilities being inspected?
  • Moving forward on passenger rail service
  • Will expressway finally live up to its name?
  • How can regional agencies improve transportation funding?
  • What's happening to Illinois influence in Congress?

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