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The Rock Valley College Faculty Association filed an intent to strike with the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board, a required legal step for the Rock Valley College faculty to take before going on strike.

According to a news release, this filing does not mean a strike will be called immediately, but sets a timetable of September 11th as the first day professors could walk out of their classrooms if no contract deal is reached.

Slideshow: DeKalb Corn Fest 2015

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WNIJ’s Gas Price Monday: Aug. 31, 2015

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Gas prices in Illinois continue to decline. A gallon of regular gas in the Rockford area costs $2.66. That’s about 25 cents less than a week ago.

The state average is $2.77 per gallon. That’s down 30 cents from last week but about 80 cents cheaper than it was a year ago.

The cheapest gas in the state, on average, is in Quincy, where it’s at $2.29 per gallon of regular unleaded. That’s 20 cents less than last week.

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Fired University of Illinois football coach Tim Beckman says the findings of an investigation, showing he interfered with medical procedures and pressured players to play hurt, are “utterly false.”

In a statement, Beckman also suggests he might take legal action. He says U of I’s decision to fire him violated his contract. Beckman’s firing was announced Friday afternoon. 

U of I Athletic Director Mike Thomas says the investigation’s preliminary findings showed enough evidence that Beckman needed to be dismissed.

AFSCME

A key vote in the standoff between Gov. Bruce Rauner and labor is expected in the Illinois House this week, as early as Wednesday.

Rauner has been trying to convince legislators to let him keep his power to negotiate with the AFSCME union, even if it results in a lockout or strike -- though Rauner has vowed he won't call for the former.

At the same time, AFSCME leaders are asking state representatives to stick with them.

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It's been about two months since Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner approved changes to the state's concealed carry law. It was the first amendment since the law's creation.

Dennis Leifheit is a northern Illinois concealed carry instructor. He says a big change approved by Rauner was no longer requiring a firearm owner to unload the gun if it will be left in a car. Leifheit says it was a safety issue.  

New NIU Diversity Officer Wants To Support All Aspects

22 hours ago
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For the first time, Northern Illinois University has a diversity officer to help foster community and campus relations.

Vernese Edghill-Walden has experience; her dedication to the inclusion of students of diverse backgrounds makes her job an important one.

“I would like to make sure that the work that we’re doing with diversity inclusion aligns with the overall strategic plan,” she said.

Edghill-Walden says her job is to hear all the concerns and help create the desired outcome.  

We Need To Get Beyond The Whisper

23 hours ago

Have you ever heard the whisper?

Recently, in an empty parking lot, a colleague recounted a situation she had with a sales associate at a local store. “She was a Black woman,” my colleague whispered. I looked at her and asked, “Why are you whispering? There’s no one around!”

There were no controversial declarations or arguments, no racial epithets. So why whisper?

The whisper has become a social strategy to address potential insensitivity when talking about race. It reinforces the notion of race as a dangerous issue.

I-90 Genoa Rd. Toll Opens Sept. 14

Aug 29, 2015
Illinois State Toll Highway Authority

A new toll on I-90 will start collecting funds next month.

Tolling at the Genoa Road exit on a stretch of the Jane Addams Tollway in Belvedere will start Sept. 14. Construction has been going on since last year.

Residents say the new toll could pose a problem for those who previously took that exit to avoid other tolls.

Rockford celebrates its long history as a baseball town this weekend. Saturday afternoon is the grand reopening of Beyer Stadium, home of the famed women’s professional baseball team, the Rockford Peaches.

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