11:38 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Rockford is one step closer to a casino

Grand Victoria casino in Elgin

The Illinois House, in a 69 to 47 vote, has passed a gambling expansion bill that would create new casinos -- including one in Rockford -- and allow slot machines at the state's racetracks.

Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, says it will bring Illinois money it needs as the state faces steep budget cuts. Lang says that, as the budget process progresses, it’s clear the state isn't doing well enough.

“We haven't created enough jobs. We don't have enough revenue," he said. "Is this a panacea for all of our ills? Of course not.  Can it be step to build a better economy? Absolutely it can."

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12:19 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald stepping down

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald

Patrick Fitzgerald has scheduled a news conference Thursday to announce his resignation, according to the Justice Department.  Fitzgerald was selected as northern Illinois' top prosecutor in 2001.

During his tenure he successfully tried two Illinois governors, George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, and media mogul Conrad Black.

As a special prosecutor, he investigated Lewis "Scooter" Libby, then chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.  Fitzgerald's investigation led to Libby's conviction on charges that he leaked the covert identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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