Illinois

The person killed after a tent collapsed at a suburban Chicago festival has been identified.

Steven Nincic died during a brief storm during the Wood Dale Prairie Fest.

Fifteen people were injured and transported to local hospitals. Several others were treated at the scene and released.

The storms hit hardest yesterday about 50 miles north of Chicago. National Weather Service Meteorologist Ricky Castro says a tornado touched down near Grayslake. 

Flickr user Wouter Kiel / "Halls @ Chicago O'Hare International airport" (CC BY 2.0)

Breastfeeding at Chicago's two major airports and others in Illinois will soon be easier under a new law endorsed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Rauner on Sunday signed legislation requiring large airports such as O'Hare and Midway International to have lactation rooms by 2017. Smaller airports in the state will have to add the private rooms when building new terminals or renovating existing ones.

A northern Illinois man was appointed to the Illinois Finance Authority by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Eric Anderberg brings more than 22 years of executive experience to the position. The Kirkland resident has been an officer of Dial Machine Inc., a family-owned contract machine shop in Rockford, since 1993.

He also is a member of the board of directors of Blackhawk Bancorp. 

Anderberg is a member of the Industrial Round Table of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He is an active advocate for American Manufacturing and has appeared on nationwide news programs.

Illinois Board of Higher Education

As the Illinois budget stalemate continues, universities and community colleges are already feeling the pain.

Last anybody heard, Gov. Bruce Rauner wanted to cut higher education spending drastically, by more than 30 percent. But with the budget stalled in the legislature, colleges have no idea how much money they’ll get. 

James Applegate, director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, says this kind of chaos costs money. 

“This is an extremely inefficient way to run a shop,” Applegate said.

WNIJ's Gas Price Monday: Aug. 3, 2015

Aug 3, 2015
Carl Nelson/WNIJ

Gas prices dropped at least a dime from last week.

According to AAA, the average Rockford area gas price is currently $2.33 per gallon. That's 25 cents less than a week ago and almost a dollar less from a year ago.

In Chicago, prices are currently at $3.08 per gallon. That's a dime less than last week and about 80 cents less than a year ago.

Illiana Corridor website

Opponents of a proposed tollway linking Illinois and Indiana want a public hearing on a rule to create tax breaks for the project.

The Environmental Law & Policy Center filed a hearing request after Governor Bruce Rauner's administration this week proposed a rule granting a sales tax exemption for construction materials to build the Illiana Tollway.

Rauner suspended the project earlier this year amid the state budget impasse. He also signed a bill authorizing $5.5 million for the highway.

Rauner says it was for consultants to wind down the project.

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The defense attorney for Rod Blagojevich says he will ask a full appellate court in Chicago to re-hear the imprisoned former governor's appeal.

That’s after a panel of three judges tossed out five of 18 corruption convictions.

The appellate panel threw out convictions linked to Blagojevich's attempt to land a post in President Barack Obama's Cabinet by appointing an Obama adviser to the president's old U.S. Senate seat.

The panel also ordered the trial judge to re-sentence Blagojevich, factoring in the overturned counts.

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Two national T.V. reporters won’t face sanctions for violating media security rules at former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's arraignment last month.

The verdict came after their attorneys apologized to a judge.

According to court documents, U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo in Chicago accepted apologies from attorneys representing Brian Ross of ABC News and Gabe Gutierrez of NBC Nightly News during a closed-door meeting last week. The judge dismissed contempt filings.

More Small Towns Considering Police Body Cameras

Jul 31, 2015
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

The recent controversy over the arrest of Sandra Bland and her death in police custody has only added to the focus on police brutality issues in the U.S. Police body cameras have been a hot topic, particularly since Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, almost a year ago.

Cities with larger departments are starting to utilize the cameras, but even small towns are considering them -- if they don't use them already.  

Schock Challenges Possible Civil Contempt Citation

Jul 30, 2015
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock appeared before a federal judge in Springfield this week to challenge a possible civil contempt citation. 

U.S. Attorney's office spokeswoman Sharon Paul says the hearings relate to whether Schock failed to comply with the judge’s order to produce campaign and congressional records.

The matter was postponed, pending a status conference next month. 

Paul declined to comment whether this week’s hearings are related to a grand jury investigation into allegations of Schock’s improper campaign spending.

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