Northern Illinois

Mark Bowler, University of California, Irvine

Rabid bats are more active this time of year and have now found their way across the entire northern Illinois area.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says more than a dozen cases of rabid bats were reported in this year alone. With hibernation season over, state veterinarian Connie Austin says the creatures are being found more often in people's homes. 

"Phone" by Flickr User Jacqui Brown / (CC X 2.0)

DeKalb County residents will be able to get information and find resources, like utility assistance or domestic violence support, by dialing 2-1-1 any time of any day.

More than 80 area organizations have pooled information for the service. 

Lincoln Was Here: Connecting The Dots In Northern Illinois

Apr 22, 2015
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Abraham Lincoln died 150 years ago. He was shot while attending a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Tourists to Illinois often head to Springfield to learn more about the 16th President. That’s not the only place to learn about his life and legacy. Susan Stephens and Jenna Dooley set out to trace his steps across northern Illinois.

James Gathany / CDC

Two elderly women in northern Illinois have died after contracting West Nile virus.

Rural Poverty Highlighted In New Report

Jul 3, 2014
New York Times

Poverty is prevalent in rural areas across the U.S. That’s according to a published report, which says it’s not just an urban issue. Some northern Illinois ranked near the middle, while others fared better in the rankings.

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