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2:29 am
Wed May 9, 2012

16th District Dems choose Rohl for run against Congressman Kinzinger

Democrat Wanda Rohl speaks to the citizens' caucus in DeKalb April 21st, 2012
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Democratic leaders in the 16th Congressional district have chosen a candidate to run against Republican Adam Kinzinger this fall. A caucus of county party leaders within the district voted to slate Wanda Rohl.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Senator Kirk releases video showing stroke recovery

Still from video where U.S. Senator Mark Kirk describes his recovery from a January stroke
Senator Mark Kirk www.kirk.senate.gov

Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) has released a video showing his progress in recovering from his January stroke. The video is quite candid: it shows Kirk laboring to learn to walk again, with a cane, treadmill, and a harness. 

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Politics
10:14 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Around Illinois -- May 8

  • Illinois universities get nuclear energy grants
  • Democrat will seek DeKalb State’s Attorney job
  • What should state retirees pay for health insurance?
  • How long should juveniles be on probation?
  • At 14, she’s still not the youngest graduate
  • The state line that might have been

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Politics
2:09 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Sen. Mark Kirk released from rehab

Illinois' junior U.S.  Senator Mark Kirk is moving home from a local rehab center after suffering a stroke in January.

Kirk's office says the Republican senator has "progressed to the point where he can move home with his family."

His office sent out a statement today at the request of Kirk's family. The senator has been recovering at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and will continue to do so, but as an out-patient.

Part of Kirk's skull was removed following the surgery to alleviate pressure, but doctors have said he's "mentally sharp."

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Developing
10:12 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Ex.-Gov. Ryan may get a new trial

Former IL Governor George Ryan

Attorneys for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan say a U.S. Supreme Court decision today could eventually lead to a new trial for their client.

Defense lawyer Albert Alschuler said the high court asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reconsider Ryan's appeal. The high court found the appellate judges erred by not considering aspects of the appeal on their merits.

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Politics
2:41 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Senator Kirk's stroke recovery progressing: photo released today

The first public photo of Senator Mark Kirk to be released since his stroke in January.
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Center for Stroke Rehabilitation

 

Senator Mark Kirk is “mentally sharp” and keeping up with global issues during daily meetings with his staff. That’s according to the director of the stroke rehabilitation center where the 52-year-old Republican has been since February.

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Politics
4:03 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Citizens' Caucus in DeKalb chooses Rohl to run in the 16th Congressional

Wanda Rohl speaks at the Citizens' Convention at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A citizens’ convention has chosen a Democratic candidate to run for Congress in the 16th district. But that doesn’t necessarily mean their pick will face Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger this fall.

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Politics
3:04 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Illinois could take a 94-billion dollar hit under one plan to reform health care

Congressman Aaron Schock speaks out against the Affordable Care Act during a stop in Rockford Friday, April 13th.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The debate over health care is picking up steam as we move closer to the fall election. A report by a health care advocacy group says over the next decade, Illinois could lose 94-billion dollars in federal funding for Medicaid, Medicare, and premium tax credits under the most recent Republican budget proposal.

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Politics
11:37 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Voter Turnout for Illinois Primary

 

Illinois election officials say it appears voter turnout was weak for Tuesday's primary. 

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Politics
2:29 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Romney Wins Illinois

 

Front-runner Mitt Romney called the Illinois primary an ``extraordinary victory.''

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