Illinois

The decision to downgrade DeKalb's bond rating from Aa2 to Aa3 is based in part on the city’s pension liabilities.

According to a news release, this liability is due in part to the city using the lower funding level allowable by the State of Illinois, as well as a change to the Government Accounting Standards Board liability reporting requirement.

Moody’s also cited DeKalb’s declining tax base from 2009 to 2015 as a contribution to the rating but noted a tax-base increase in 2016 of 1.6 percent.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner enacted a law last week to make possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana a civil penalty.

Now, people will only face fines reaching $200.

Patrick Hoey is the Assistant Deputy Chief of Rockford Police. He says nothing's new; the department decriminalized marijuana possession back in 2015.

Over the past few months, we've been looking at the toll of addiction in Winnebago County. 

In this installment, we hear portions of a conversation between two women affected by it within their immediate family. Bonnie Falzone-Capriola lost her son, Barry, five years ago due to an overdose.

But first, you'll hear from a Rockford woman named Shannon who is raising a young child as her husband currently struggles with addiction. 

While leading Democrats were in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention last week, Republican Governor Bruce Rauner was holding press conferences exalting term limits.

“We need fresh ideas, new people, new thinkin’ term limits will get it done,” Rauner said.

But the state’s longest-serving legislator -- Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan -- says his lengthy tenure is beneficial. It put him in position to serve as a check against Rauner’s controversial agenda.

A National Night Out Against Crime In Northern Illinois

Aug 1, 2016
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National Night Out is a free annual event that is sponsored in communities across the country. It seeks to gain awareness on drug and crime safety.

   

This year, DeKalb police and fire departments will have a simulated 9-1-1 call center and a fire safety house.

Kathy Guyer is a volunteer for the event. She says it’s important for young people to learn best practices in case of emergencies.

"The kids become our ambassadors because they go home and they say, 'Okay, we've got to do this,'" Guyer said. 

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