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An audit of Chicago State University by Illinois' auditor general has found that the embattled school improperly reported nearly $52 million in federal awards.

The report by the state's Auditor General Frank Mautino says the university didn't properly prepare expenditure reports, as required by federal law, for federal awards of more than $51.7 million for two loan programs from the Department of Education.

CDC

Illinois State University reports that three students have confirmed cases of mumps, meeting the state health department's definition of an outbreak.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports Thursday that the McLean County Health Department says it has been able to link the three cases by time and place. County health officials say it's an isolated outbreak.

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An Illinois House committee has backed legislation meant to enhance internet privacy rights at a time when federal protections are being rolled back.

The Cybersecurity, Data Analytics & IT Committee endorsed two privacy measures to meet a Thursday deadline, though the Democratic committee chairman said many issues remain to be debated.

One of the approved measures would allow consumers to request information on them that companies like Google and Facebook collect. The other would require apps to get consumer permission before tracking user locations.

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Illinois Senator Dave Koehler is introducing legislation to address the state’s growing number of industrial livestock facilities.

Ten years ago, Cindy Bonnet found out she was getting new neighbors in Nora, Illinois: 10,000 cows. It’s what’s known in the industry as a “concentrated animal feeding operation,” or CAFO: basically a big cow warehouse, with a giant trough under it to catch their waste.

Bonnet says a California businessman was behind the venture.

Illinois Lottery

A private company hired to manage the Illinois lottery remains on the job more than two years after the state first moved to fire it for missing sales goals, and the firm is now able to collect more in fees than under its original contract.

    

That's the finding of an Associated Press review of Northstar Lottery Group.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says the delay reflects challenges states have faced since turning some lottery operations over to the private sector.

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