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Officials say a brawl at the Cook County Jail left five inmates hospitalized with injuries that were apparently inflicted by makeshift weapons.

Jail spokeswoman Cara Smith says Friday's brawl in the jail's Super Maximum security division was quickly brought under control.

The five injured inmates were in serious to critical condition at two local hospitals. But Smith tells the Chicago Tribune that none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.

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The state’s ongoing budget impasse has hit community colleges particularly hard, with funds to these schools and the students who attend them drastically reduced.

 

The Illinois Community College Board is distributing $3 million dollars in emergency aid, divided among seven campuses.

 

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A new law designed to relieve the statewide shortage of teachers and substitute teachers was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner today.

State Senator Dave Luechtefeld, a Republican, taught history and government at Okawville High School for more than 30 years, so it’s hard to argue with him about what it takes to be an educator.

That’s probably why the bill he sponsored passed unanimously in both chambers of the Illinois legislature. It lowers the fee for a substitute teaching license, and smooths the way for retired teachers to work as subs.

A Winnebago County judge ruled 42-year-old Jody Kossow not guilty by reason of insanity.

The Rockford resident was charged for the Sept. 2013 stabbing death of her eight-year-old son Thomas. 

Officials say Kossow had “spiritual preoccupations” that led her to believe her son was possessed and needed to be killed; it also says she suffered from depression for months before the incident. 

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DeKalb police officials say seven businesses sold tobacco to minors last week. That’s out of 27 inspected local tobacco retailers.

The compliance checks determine if businesses sell tobacco to minors.

The DeKalb police department uses minors 15 to 17 years old to see if businesses will sell tobacco to them. If those inspected businesses ended up selling tobacco to those minors, they violated a city ordinance and got an information kit about minimum-age tobacco laws.

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