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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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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that makes it illegal to expel toddlers from preschools.

Backers of the new law point to a study that says toddlers and other Illinois preschoolers are expelled at a rate three times greater than their older, school-age counterparts.

“I just want you to let that sink in.”

State Rep. Juliana Stratton is a Democrat from Chicago.

“When you see expulsion in early years, it leads to higher suspension and expulsion rates in later grades."

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Northern Illinois University police officials and DeKalb fire officials say they recently completed a first as far as emergency training sessions go.

The training instructed first responders on how to care for police K-9 units in the event of an emergency.

DeKalb Deputy Fire Chief Jeff McMaster says first responders complete required Emergency Medical Services training every month touching on various subjects. But this time around was a little different.

“We’ve never had this type of training before, so it was new, it was fresh and very engaging,” McMaster said.

The state of Illinois has cut in half the number of insurers in its Medicaid managed care program.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced Friday it has selected six insurers to participate in the overhauled program, down from the 12 currently participating. The insurers administer Medicaid benefits under the managed care program.

The insurers remaining in the program for the next four years are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Harmony Health Plan, IlliniCare Health, Meridian Health, Molina Healthcare and CountyCare Health Plan.

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