Illinois

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced that the Anti-Defamation League will develop a program with the Illinois State Police to train police officers in identifying and investigating hate crimes.

Rauner told reporters in Chicago on Monday that the plan is the fourth part of a program he laid out two weeks ago to battle crimes against people because of race, religion or national origin.

Randy Caspersen

The documentary "Go Penguins!" features a unique theatre program in northern Illinois.  

It's the Children's Community Theatre Penguin Project

Northern Illinois University professor Randy Caspersen and his students followed the production of “The Little Mermaid” a few years ago; with nearly 500 hours of footage to edit, the documentary is nearly ready for its debut.  

Caspersen says people tend to only see the final product of shows.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Democrat Tom McNamara took home the Rockford mayoral race with 68 percent of the vote.

Independent Rudy Valdez was runner-up with 16 percent. Republican Brian Leggero claimed 14 percent of votes, and Independent Ronnie Manns had two percent. 

McNamara will replace Larry Morrissey , a three-term mayor who decided last fall to not run for re-election.

McNamara serves as alderman in the Third Ward and worked as an insurance agent. 

New Mayors For DeKalb and Sycamore

Apr 4, 2017
Jenna Dooley

Jerry Smith will be the next DeKalb mayor

He won with 48 percent of votes.

Separated by just four votes, Misty Haji-Sheikh had 19.21 percent while incumbent John Rey finished a close third with 19.13 percent. Michael Embrey had 13 percent of votes.

John Rey has served as mayor since 2013. 

Smith is a former executive director of the DeKalb County Community Foundation. 

WUIS

The failure to pass a real budget is driving up the cost of Illinois government. The state hasn’t been paying its bills for employee health care — and interest penalties now exceed $500 million dollars.

It’s no secret credit card companies make their money when people don’t pay their bills in full. Those interest rates cause even a modest bill to grow quickly.

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