Illinois

"Flood" by Flickr User Howard Lake / (CC X 2.0)

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked federal responders to join state officials in assessing the damage in four counties after flooding last month.

Rauner's office said Thursday that workers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Emergency Management Agency and other groups are expected to start damage assessments on homes and businesses Friday morning.

The assessments will be done in Cook, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties. They will continue through the weekend until they're complete.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has officially completed his 15-month prison sentence and is no longer being monitored by law enforcement.

Bureau of Prisons records indicate that Wednesday was the end of Hastert's period in federal custody. The Lake County Sheriff's Office says it stopped its electronic monitoring of the 75-year-old Wednesday morning. He now begins two years of probation.

Hastert pleaded guilty to banking violations in a hush-money case that revealed he sexually abused at least four high school students. 

Rockford Police Department

The Rockford Police Department has warned people in the past that, just because something -- like a string of alleged shootings -- is called in, the call may not be classified that way.

Now the place where that information will be posted will change, because the Illinois data portal that hosted the information will go offline indefinitely this year to undergo web maintenance. 

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Several Illinois communities, including Geneva, held vigils Monday night in response to protests in Charlottesville, Va., becoming violent.

About 80 people sang and shared poems at the Geneva vigil organized by resident Jeannie Scown. She says she organized the event because she’s had enough of white nationalist-, neo-Nazi- and Ku Klux Klan-affiliated people being part of President Donald Trump’s cabinet and presidency, even though he’s denied any ties himself.

Organizers Gear Up For Annual 'Rockford Day' Events

Aug 15, 2017
Jenna Dooley

The date is "8-15," which also denotes the area code of the Rockford area.

It's the second annual celebration of "Rockford Day." The campaign intends to bolster community spirit and bring in more visitors to the city.

Events begin this morning at 8:15 sharp, when a French artist will unveil her 2018 calendars based on paintings she made of the city. 

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