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Education
6:33 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Whiteside County could be affected by regional superintendent cut

Governor Pat Quinn has signed a measure that will reduce Illinois' regional offices of education. To avoid elimination, offices must serve at least 61,000 residents. Whiteside County's population is under 59,000.

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Government
1:40 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Durbin, Kirk will head panel on U.S. Attorney

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL
durbin.senate.gov

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says he and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., will seek an even-handed and bipartisan or nonpartisan replacement for outgoing U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald in Chicago.

Durbin said the two senators will appoint a six-member committee to screen applicants for the job.

He says it doesn't matter if the next top prosecutor is from Illinois or from the outside, as Fitzgerald was when he was appointed.

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Politics
1:26 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Priest forced out for altering mass

A southern Illinois priest is being ousted for improvising part of his services.

Bishop Edward Braxton of the Belleville Diocese has told the Rev. Bill Rowe he's now considered retired and must leave the rectory at St. Mary Parish in Mount Carmel on July 10.

Rowe's long-stated practice of changing portions of the liturgy to make them easier to understand didn't become public until February. That came after church leaders in Rome revamped the liturgy to be based on earlier Latin versions.

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Government
11:40 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Rockford curfew limits teen late-night hours

Teens out late in public in Rockford may be subject to the city's curfew law if they are not working or in the company of an approved adult, according to the Rockford Police Department.

No minor under 17 years of age can be out and about in public within the city after midnight Friday and Saturday until 6 a.m. the following morning. The curfew start is moved back to 11 p.m.  Sunday through Thursday, running to 6 a.m. the following day

Government
9:49 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Rockford Parks, LaSalle, Ashton, Galena get state grants for projects

The Rockford Park District will receive $400,000 to develop a winter activity center and family golf course at the Alpine Hills Activity Center on Larson Avenue off South Alpine Road – part of nearly $1 million in funding for northern Illinois recreational sites announced over the weekend.

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Government
6:30 am
Mon June 25, 2012

No clear timetable on state retiree health care changes

Illinois State Senator Pam Althoff, R-Crystal Lake

Retired state workers in Illinois will have to pay more for their health insurance. But it appears it won't be right away. The law signed last week aims to reduce retiree health-care costs. It ends the practice of the state covering the entire premium costs for those with at least 20 years of service.

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Local
5:08 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Singer Center's fate underscores mental health service woes in northern Illinois

Courtesy of Friends of Singer Facebook page
  • Mike Moen's story on the closing on mental health facilities in northern Illinois

Providers and advocates expect Gov. Pat Quinn to follow through on his promise to close the Singer Mental Health Center in Rockford. Quinn first targeted the facility last year and renewed his call to close Singer, along with the Tinley Park Mental Health Hospital, during his budget address in late February.

Fast-forward four months, and Quinn is following through on his promise to shutter facilities.

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Education
2:02 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

East St. Louis school board sues Illinois State Board

Five members of the embattled East St. Louis School Board filed motions this morning in St. Clair County Circuit Court asking a judge to reverse the state of Illinois' decision to have them removed.

The members argued in court documents that the unanimous Illinois State Board of Education vote Thursday was unconstitutional and infringed on the "fundamental right to vote."

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Arts
12:01 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Author OK with Midwestern label, for now

Cover for Molly McNett's debut short-story collection.

Molly McNett reads "Ozzie the Burro," one of her stories in One Dog Happy.

Morning Edition interview with Dan Klefstad (June 22, 2012).

 Molly McNett doesn't write exclusively about the Midwest, but rural Illinois is a big part of her identity and her writing. "I'm not going to write about hipsters in Brooklyn," she says, "because I just don't know a lot about that."

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Business
11:52 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Dixon horse auction is likely this summer

U.S. Marshals Service

At least some of the more than 400 prime quarter horses belonging to former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell  should go on the block at a multi-day, live public auction later this summer in Dixon under a proposal by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Using www.fedbizopps.gov,the Marshals Service has posted a dozen or so documents detailing the requirements to bid for the contract – including the fact that it is open only to small businesses.

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