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Some people who want to reduce the number of bobcats killed in Illinois have applied for hunting permits in Illinois with no intention of using them.


The Chicago Tribune reports 34-year-old Lauren Umek, an ecologist from Chicago, says she is the only person in her group of 30 or so like-minded friends and relatives who obtained a permit.

Umek says hunting plays an important role in conservation but that she didn't see detailed, scientifically based research showing the need for hunting the wild carnivore.


The first question on Illinois ballots in November's election isn't for president or senator, but on a proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting diversion of public money targeted for transportation projects to other state budget needs.

Despite widespread bipartisan support, some opponents have surfaced, including social service groups who argue it's unfair to protect transportation over other issues.

The proposal seeks to prevent money generated through tolls and other transportation-related sources from being spent elsewhere.

The top candidates for Illinois comptroller squared off last night in a televised debate and interview on Chicago's WTTW.

Incumbent Republican Leslie Munger was appointed to the post by Governor Bruce Rauner.  Her Democratic opponent, Chicago City Clerk Susanna Mendoza, says Munger is controlled by the wealthy governor. 

Events Kick Off For Sycamore Pumpkin Festival

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This year’s theme is “Parade of Pumpkins.” It’s Sycamore’s 55th year of hosting the festivities.

Some big events include the fireworks show, which happens every fifth year.

Organizers say about 130 entries are registered for the parade, which will be Sunday.

The grand marshal is Orion Samuelson, a well-known Chicago radio host with ties to agriculture.

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Illinois election officials say the number of registered active voters in the state is at its highest since 1970.

Illinois State Board of Election spokesman Jim Tenuto said Tuesday morning that there are 7.9 million registered active voters in the state. That's more than the 7.8 million who were registered in 2008 before then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois successfully ran for president.

That number was the previous high.