Illinois

Lake County Sheriff's Office

A suburban Chicago sheriff's department says it has fitted Dennis Hastert with the kind of electronic monitoring that's typically used when recent convicts are placed on home confinement.

The Lake County Sheriffs' Office said Wednesday that authorities attached the device Monday shortly after the ex-U.S. House Speaker was released from a federal prison in Minnesota.

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It’s much easier to pay energy bills in Illinois compared to much of the country, according to a recent survey by WalletHub. 

The survey examined the average monthly amount each state’s residents spent for natural gas, electricity, home heating oil, and gasoline and compared that with the average monthly consumption of each resource.

Flickr user Brent Hoard "ECU School of Education Class Room" (CC BY 2.0)

A northern Illinois community college is taking steps to make textbooks more affordable for students.

McHenry County College said the school could save the student body an estimated $400,000 on textbooks per school year.

This follows a week-long Textbook Cost Reduction Camp held for faculty members in all areas of study.

The camp set out to educate faculty members on textbook alternatives and prepare them to introduce new technology into the classroom.

The faculty-led initiative analyzed 13 courses to find high-quality resources for students at a lower cost.

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

There are several posts circling around social media about cell phone chargers becoming fire hazards. Two area fire officials say there are ways to address that kind of fire prevention.

DeKalb Deputy Fire Chief Jeff McMaster says a plugged-in cell phone charger can become a fire hazard if it keeps drawing power, overheats, and it’s charging in a place where there’s a lack of ventilation – like underneath your pillow or blankets. He says the hazard is still there even if the phone is plugged in.

More Staff Cuts To Rauner's Administration Reported

Jul 14, 2017
Brian Mackey

Crain’s Chicago Business is reporting that four more advisers to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner are out Friday.

It marks the end of a week in which there’s been big turnover in Rauner’s office.

Rauner has a new chief of staff and a few other top advisory positions in his office who come from the hard-line advocacy group Illinois Policy Institute, which has a legal arm that’s sued over same day voter registration and union work rules.

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