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6:30 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Setting The Tone For Downtown Redevelopment In Rockford

The city of Rockford is welcoming a large-scale development project. The plan won approval from the city council Monday night. The move is viewed by some as a major step in reshaping the city's downtown.

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Illinois
5:35 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Illinois Attorney General Warns Residents Of ATM Hackers

Credit Flickr user William Grootonk (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Illinois' Attorney General is warning residents about an increased risk of unauthorized ATM withdrawals by hackers.

According to a news release from Lisa Madigan's office,  the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) reported the increase in cyber-attacks. FFIEC says hackers have learned how to delete or alter pre-programmed algorithms set up by banks to alert them of unauthorized ATM withdrawals.

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Gubernatorial Race
5:22 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Vallas Questions Effort For Term Limits

Credit Brian Mackey

The Democratic candidate to be Illinois’ next Lieutenant Governor is skeptical about an effort to place term limits on state legislators.

Paul Vallas is the running mate of Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn.

Vallas says the governor supports term limits.

But he says the proposed constitutional changes would also include other issues not related to term limits.

That ballot initiative would also increase the number of State Representatives - and reduce the number of state senators.

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Illinois
5:16 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Lawmaker Calls For Review Of IHSA

Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia
Credit ilga.gov

Illinois lawmakers want to take a closer look at the Illinois High School Association,  the organization that sanctions sports and extracurricular competitions statewide.

Football, chess and water polo matches - not to mention band, drama and scholastic bowl competitions - are all governed by the IHSA.

It's a non-profit-group, based in Bloomington.

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Illinois
10:58 am
Mon April 7, 2014

State Announces Money For Northern Illinois Parks

Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Governor Pat Quinn announced $16.5 million in investments for 46 local park projects across Illinois.

The projects are funded through the state's Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program (OSLAD) and administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Funding recipients are required to contribute at least half of the total project cost.

According to a news release, the OSLAD program began in 1986 and, not including the latest projects, has provided approximately $377.8 million for 1,641 local park projects in Illinois.

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NIU
6:33 am
Mon April 7, 2014

DoSomething.org CEO To Bring Message To NIU

Nancy Lublin

Are you Team Crunchy or Team Smooth? That's just one of the current questions at DoSomething.org intended to spark interest in an effort to collect peanut butter for local food banks. According to the website, the campaigns are designed to "Make the World Suck Less." CEO Nancy Lublin says social media makes organizing community events a lot easier and less expensive.

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Illinois
6:07 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Lawmakers Dodge Legislation On Term Limits

Credit state of Illinois

Even as workers are gathering signatures to get a term limits question on the November ballot via citizens' initiative,  lawmakers turned down the opportunity to do the same. 

Voters get the final say in whether Illinois' constitution should be amended or not.  And they may well have that opportunity come fall.

But there are two ways to get to that point --  supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly can vote for a constitutional amendment question.

Or hundreds of thousands of voters can sign a petition.

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Illinois
6:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Could Cap And Trade Solve Illinois' Financial Woes?

University of Illinois finance professor Don Fullerton
Credit Institute of Government and Public Affairs

An Illinois professor says state government could improve its financial predicament and lower greenhouse gas emissions at the same time.   Don Fullerton is proposing what's known as a "cap and trade" program where a limit is placed on emissions.  Going above the level would cost operations like coal fired power plants.  But even he admits it's unlikely to happen anytime soon.  He spoke with Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford about the idea:

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Rockford
6:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Rockford Team Claims National Wheelchair Basketball Title

Credit Rockford Park District

Rockford's youth wheelchair basketball team won its first national title over the weekend. According to a news release from the Rockford Park District, the Junior Chariots won the Junior Varsity Division of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association tournament Saturday in Kentucky. 

About the Team

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Federal
9:34 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Job Openings Posted For Thomson Prison

Jenna Dooley WNIJ

Hiring is underway for the long-shuttered Thomson Prison in northwest Illinois.

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesperson Chris Burke confirmed to WNIJ Friday morning that there are 15 job openings for Thomson through USAJobs.gov. He did not have specifics of those positions.

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