Illinois

Community colleges in Illinois say they've cut frills, suspended travel, and even laid off teachers. Now, they need state lawmakers to come through with funding.

That was the gist of a letter sent last week from the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents​ to the governor and legislative leaders.

So far, they say they’ve gotten zero response. Tom Ramage, president of both the council and Parkland College, says there’s little left to cut.

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The Illinois Department of Corrections' director says staff at the major women's prison needs training on how to work with female inmates.

John Baldwin responded to a federally funded study of Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln released Friday that found women there are treated more harshly than men and end up spending more time behind bars than necessary.

Most women inmates were put together at Logan in a 2013 consolidation the report found ``chaotic.'' In a statement Friday, Baldwin says poor planning by a former administration ``was a setup for failure.''

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A candlelight vigil Thursday marked the end of Northern Illinois University's Transgender Week of Resilience.

Organizers read aloud names of transgender people across the world who were victims of violence last year. 

Other events this week included NIU unveiling an option for students to enter a preferred name on their school account; this name will appear for professors and in most campus systems.

Freeport Launches New "All In" Brand Campaign

Nov 16, 2016
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“All In” – that’s the main concept for a new brand campaign Freeport recently launched.

The idea is to create a story unique to the Freeport and Stephenson County community – with the help of residents – and use that story to spread that brand inside and outside of the city and county.

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An Illinois man has been ordered held without bond in the death of a 2-year-old boy whose dismembered remains were found in a Chicago lagoon.

Cook County prosecutors say 41-year-old Kamel Harris of Rockford appeared in court Wednesday. He faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Kyrian Knox of Rockford.

Harris was held on an unrelated charge at a northern Illinois jail when he was arrested Monday night in the boy's death.

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