Illinois

"CherryVale Mall - Rockford, Illinois - Mall Directory" by Flickr User Nathan Bush / (CC X 2.0)

Minors at the Cherryvale Mall will need a parent or legal guardian to accompany them after 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, which is part of the mall’s new Youth Escort Policy.

General Manager Mark Peterson says there will be bumped up security efforts to enforce the policy.

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

A major Wisconsin city recently passed a law saying augmented reality game developers like Niantic, the creators of Pokémon Go, must have a permit in order to use parks as game landmarks.

Now, a similar Illinois bill is in the works.

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Illinois moved a few inches closer to having a budget Tuesday. The state Senate began voting on its so-called “grand bargain.”

The deal has changes to business law long favored by Republicans, and a tax hike members of both parties have said is necessary to balance the state budget.

But none of that was called for a vote yet; instead, senators passed relatively easier bills, like those meant to make state and local government more efficient.

Severe Weather, Warnings In Northern Illinois

Feb 28, 2017
NWS

According to the National Weather Service, a tornado warning is in effect for LaSalle County until 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

A severe thunderstorm warning is also in effect for Northeastern DeKalb County, Southwestern Lake County, Kane County, Northwestern DuPage County, Southern McHenry County, and Northwestern Cook County until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.  

The National Weather Service says debris can be life-threatening to people without shelter. It encourages people to take cover immediately.

"Courtroom" by Flickr User Karen Neoh / (CC X 2.0)

Chicago Public Schools officials are seeking a preliminary injunction barring the state of Illinois from disbursing education funds until it adequately funds the state's largest school district.

Faced with a huge deficit and an upcoming teacher pension payment, CEO Forrest Claypool said Monday the Chicago school year could end three weeks early on June 1 if the state doesn't come through with funds.

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