Illinois

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Those who work for Illinois organizations that provide services to survivors of domestic violence say the fact there’s no funding for them in the state’s soon-to-expire spending plan was an unfortunate surprise. The stopgap budget doesn’t have a line item for domestic violence programs, but directors say they thought they would be paid out of the Department of Human Services' budget. They found out otherwise just a few days ago. Margaret Duval, executive director of the Domestic Violence...

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Several officials in central Illinois say they don't agree with the Cook County sheriff's idea to abolish the state's cash-bond system. The State Journal-Register reports that under current state law, judges set bonds to ensure defendants show up for court and don't pose a danger to the community. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says Illinois' current system isn't fair to low-level defendants who can't afford to pay, and that it's dangerous when defendants with violent backgrounds are freed...

Illinois' new comptroller says she'll continue the practice of waiting to pay public officials' paychecks. Democrat Susana Mendoza took the oath of office for comptroller Monday in the statehouse rotunda. She's coming in as a handful of Democratic lawmakers are suing her office so they can be paid on time. "I hope my former colleagues in the legislature will understand my decision to continue to prioritize the most vulnerable people in our state over payments to legislators -- unless a court...

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The Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore has hosted public dissection classes for the past couple years, and they've become quite popular. The program is part of the museum’s effort to get people interested in natural history through a hands-on experience. The classes feature a variety of animals, including arthropods, snakes, and sharks. Cindy Khatri, with the museum, says it’s not just anatomy students that participate in the program, but rather, a wide variety of people. "We have...

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This year's fall has been the warmest on record in Illinois since 1931. Climatologist Jim Angel says the statewide average temperature for September through November was 59.4 degrees, or 5 degrees above normal. The same three months of 1931 were slightly warmer at 59.8 degrees. November of this year was the fifth warmest November on record. The statewide average temperature in November was 47.4 degrees, nearly 5 degrees above normal. The warmest November in Illinois was in 2001 when the...

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