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Environment
9:42 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Sun + Heat = Alert For Sensitive Lungs

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It's been an ideal summer so far for people who enjoy the outdoors, but warmer temperatures expected this week could lead to health concerns for some.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on Monday issued an Air Pollution Action Day for Kane, McHenry, Lake, Will, Cook, Grundy, Kendall, and DuPage counties.

Kim Biggs, spokesperson for the Illinois EPA, says this is the second Action Day issued this year related to ozone. She says today's weather conditions are part of the perfect recipe for health concerns among those with respiratory or pulmonary diseases:

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Concealed Carry
6:13 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Attorney General Wants To Send Concealed Carry Cases Out Of Court

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Illinois gun owners who've been denied a concealed carry permit can appeal. But instead of going through the courts, Illinois' Attorney General wants a state panel to decide those cases.

There are about 200 concealed carry denials before Illinois courts, brought by people who say they shouldn't have been deemed dangerous or a threat to public safety by Illinois' Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board.

Until recently, applicants didn't actually know why they were rejected.

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Illinois
6:07 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Sycamore Police Chief Plans To Retire

Donald Thomas
Credit city of Sycamore

Sycamore's police chief announced his intention to retire next year. The city council will consider Donald Thomas' request to retire in January after 13 years. 

If approved, a search for his replacement is expected this summer. 

From tonight's agenda:

"B. Ordinance No. 2014.10—An Ordinance Approving an Employment Agreement

Between the City of Sycamore and Donald Thomas. First and Second Reading.

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NPR Story
4:17 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Little Known about Proposed Pipeline Through Illinois and Iowa

The local portion of a proposed pipeline from North Dakota to west-central Illinois.

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 2:23 pm

It appears state agencies in Iowa and Illinois know very little about a proposed pipeline through the tri-state region.

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Employment
6:31 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Illinois Jobless Rate Falls Again

Credit IDES

The Illinois unemployment rate fell in June for the fourth consecutive month. According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the state rate is 7.1 percent.

According to a news release from IDES, the drop in the unemployment rate reflects Illinois’ historical role of following the nation into and out of economic cycles. 

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Illinois
6:23 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Rauner And Quinn Spar Over Taxes, Minimum Wage

Pat Quinn (left) Bruce Rauner (right)

The candidates for Illinois governor are getting around to the dreaded “T-word.”

They’re talking about taxes. 

Republican Bruce Rauner wants to tax 32 services that currently are not.

Janitorial services, membership fees at golf clubs, and some trailer parks.

He says all told - Illinois could raise $600 million.

The trade-off is he says he’ll gradually lower the income tax rate - and that any property tax hike have voter approval.

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Illinois
6:18 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Legislative Panel Postpones Probe

Credit WNIJ

A hearing centered on a state anti-violence program has been postponed until October.  A commission of legislators voted to put their investigation on hold, while a federal criminal one proceeds.

The Dept. of Justice asked that they not call former members of Gov. Pat Quinn's administration to testify about their involvement with the "Neighborhood Recovery Initiative."

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Rauner Initiative
5:35 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 5:22 pm

  An effort to institute term limits in Illinois has hit a major road block. The state Supreme Court says it will not rush to hear the case.

 The Supreme Court's decision could be the end of Republican Bruce Rauner's term limits initiative.

Limiting how long legislators can be in Illinois' General Assembly has been a staple of his campaign for governor.

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Illinois
7:08 am
Thu July 17, 2014

How Long Can Illinois Landfills Last?

WNIJ

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says the state's municipal landfills have a life expectancy of 21 years.

The agency released its annual landfill capacity report for 2013 this week.

Last year, 42 landfills reported receiving over 45 million gate cubic yards of waste and reported more than 947 million gate cubic yards of combined remaining capacity.

Illinois
6:24 am
Thu July 17, 2014

String Of Drownings Prompts State To Issue Water Safety Reminder

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Illinois officials want parents to be more vigilant when young children are playing near the water. The reminder follows a string of drownings in recent weeks.

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