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Government
5:53 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Report: IDOT Improperly Hired 250 Workers

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A new report says that the Illinois Department of Transportation improperly hired hundreds of workers over the last 10 years.

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Local
6:59 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Several Northern Illinois Counties Get New Road Project Funds

Illinois is releasing $11-million dollars for road projects in northern Illinois. The money comes from the multi-year "Jobs Now" capital construction program.

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NPR Story
6:33 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Congress Reevaluating Militarization Of Local Police

Local police in Ferguson use military style vehicles during protests on Aug. 12.

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 6:53 pm

  Since law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, began using its federally supplied military-style equipment, the spotlight has been on police departments everywhere. Members of Congress have begun to question the program that distributes extra supplies to local law enforcement. 

The Pentagon has been supplying local law enforcement agencies with its surplus equipment for years, but most of the time, that equipment is out of sight.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Green Party Candidates Won't Appear On Ballot

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Candidates from the Illinois Green Party will not appear on the November ballot.

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NIU
5:04 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

NIU Move-In Day: 4,000 Students Moving Into Dorms On Friday

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Tomorrow is Move-In Day at NIU. 4,000 students are expected to move into their dorms throughout the day.

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Mortgage Crisis
1:14 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Illinois Gets A Cut Of The Bank Of America Settlement

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$300,000,000. That's Illinois' share of the nearly $17-billion national settlement with Bank of America.

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Spencer Tracy Film Festival
6:30 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Guess Whose Movies Are Back In Freeport

1918 family photo shows (l to r) Carroll Tracy, Carrie Tracy & Spencer Tracy. Carroll was Spencer's younger brother; Carrie was his mother.
Stephenson County Historical Society

The 1933 film "Man's Castle" stars Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young. It's a lesser-known Tracy flick about a homeless woman who falls for his gruff character.

The movie will be shown during this weekend's third annual Spencer Tracy Film Festival at Freeport's Lindo Theatre.  

Why Freeport? Festival organizer Ed Finch says there's a link.

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Local
6:28 am
Thu August 21, 2014

New Report Sheds Light On Hunger In Northern Illinois

A new study says 1 in 7 Americans are turning to food banks. The findings come in a national report that also breaks down regional numbers.

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Politics
5:47 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Quinn, Rauner Agree To 3 Debates

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The Illinois candidates for governor have agreed to three debates, all of which will take place in October.

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Illinois Renewable Energy Fair
5:31 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Can Your Town Get By With Locally Owned Renewable Energy?

Solar panels near the Rockford Airport.
Credit Frank Dyke / WNIJ

The 13th annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair is this weekend at the Ogle County Fairgrounds. 

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