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6:20 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Retiring Director of NIU Jazz Ensemble Looks Back

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The NIU Jazz Ensemble's annual spring concert April 10 is the final concert at NIU for its director, Ron Carter.  After 20 years at the helm of the nationally-renowned ensemble, and numerous accolades for his work in the field of jazz and jazz education, Carter is retiring.  Surprisingly, Carter says growing up, he had no idea his career would be in jazz.

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Rockford Mayor's Annual Address
5:34 am
Thu April 10, 2014

The State Of The City Is...Better

The new Morgan Street Bridge over the Rock River, one of the projects Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey touted during his 2014 State of the City address.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

It’s a big week for development in Rockford, and Mayor Larry Morrissey was happy to highlight that during his State of the City address. 

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Governor Quinn to update this afternoon
4:33 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Progress Toward Passenger Rail For Rockford? Stay Tuned.

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Governor Pat Quinn is expected to “make a major announcement” in Rockford this afternoon about rail service. He’s scheduled to speak at an intersection along South Main Street, an area often talked about as a site for passenger rail. 

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NPR Story
4:29 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Raising Gax Tax "Unwise," Says Quinn, But Offers No Other Ideas

Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider announces an $8.6 billion, six-year transportation construction program, with Gov. Pat Quinn at her side.

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 10:50 am

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NPR Story
4:27 am
Thu April 10, 2014

S&P: Next Two Months 'Critical' For Illinois Finances

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 4:37 pm

A major credit rating agency says the next two months will be "critical" for the future of Illinois' finances. The key question is whether to make a temporary tax hike permanent.

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Illinois
5:09 am
Wed April 9, 2014

IL House Votes To Add Voting Protections To Constitution

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The constitutional amendment says no one can be denied the right to register and vote based on "race, color, ethnicity, status as a member of a language minority, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or income."

It's being sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Democrat from Chicago.

"Simply put: Adoption of this amendment sends a strong message that in Illinois, we believe that every eligible voter should be treated equally, and shall have the ability to vote for the candidates of their choice." -Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

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Illinois
4:58 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Chicago Pension Measure Headed To Quinn's Desk

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Credit cityofchicago.org

A bill to cut retirement benefits for some City of Chicago employees has made its way to the governor’s desk. But it’s not clear whether he will sign it.

In one day - the Illinois State House and Senate approved a measure affecting more than 56,000 city laborers and municipal workers.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sounded optimistic when he spoke to reporters after the plan cleared the state legislature Tuesday.

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Illinois
4:56 am
Wed April 9, 2014

State Investigators Make Recommendations Following False Billing Report

State investigators say a child care provider bilked Illinois out of more than $200,000 dollars.  The case exposes gaps that could leave the state open to losing more.

There are 60,000 day care providers in Illinois that get money from the state for taking care of kids from low-income families.

A report from Illinois' Executive Inspector General says the Department of Human Services largely lets these providers monitor themselves.

As a result, one -- who ran a program called "Jumpstart" in Chicago -- falsely reported how many children were in her care each day.

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Interim president gets the job
5:49 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

New President For Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College's new president, Michael Mastroianni.
Credit Rock Valley College / rockvalleycollege.edu

After a national search, Rock Valley College has gone in-house for its new president.  The College's Board of Trustees today announced it has selected Michael Mastroianni as RVC's sixth president.  

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Local
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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