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State will Appeal Ruling
2:53 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Judge Finds Reductions in Illinois Pension Benefits Unconstitutional

Credit Wiki Commons

An Illinois judge has ruled that a law intended to fix the nation's worst-funded state employee pensions violates the state Constitution.

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Punt on RFS
1:36 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

EPA Will Not Finalize Ethanol Rules This Year

Ethanol plants, like this one in Adams, Neb., use corn from Midwest farms to pump out millions of gallons of biofuel.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

The EPA said Friday it won’t release rules for how much ethanol oil refiners have to mix in to our gasoline supply this year.

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Lawmakers Wait for Rauner
1:19 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Illinois Won't Extend Higher Income Tax Rate

The Illinois Capitol building

It looks like Illinois lawmakers will allow the temporary higher income tax rate to expire January 1.

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Projects To Upgrade Facilities
11:52 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Galesburg Breaks Ground on Transportation Projects

Representatives from Galesburg, Amtrak, Burlington Trailways, and IDOT break ground on upgrades to the city's Amtrak depot.
Credit T.J. Carson

Two projects are underway to help transportation in Galesburg.

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A Violent Altercation
5:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

New Information about Restaurant Manager’s Death

Doyle was a manager at Buffalo Wild Wings in Macomb
Credit Rich Egger

A memo from the prosecutor to police details what happened before Ramone Doyle was strangled by his roommate in mid-February.

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Troubling Tales
6:03 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Western Illinois Museum Has New Book by WIU Students

The Troubling Tales Of Old Macomb
Credit www.westernillinoismuseum.org

Two students from Western Illinois University worked together to create "The Troubling Tales of Old Macomb."

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Could Reinstate Program
6:11 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Lee County Reconsidering Weed Control

Lee County could reinstate its Roadside Management program to better address noxious weeds.
Credit Flickr / John Tann

Lee County's Roadside Management program could make a comeback.

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Recognition Slow to Come
6:06 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Women have Always been Farmers, Now They’re being Counted

Farmers Sondra and Matt Pierce split the duties on their sugar beet farm in rural Boulder County, Colo.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

When farmer Sondra Pierce had her first child, she decided to forgo daycare.

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Bill Knight – November 20
4:40 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

In Remembrance of a Progressive Champion

Lane Evans (right) with President Barack Obama. Evans was an early supporter of Obama's campaigns for the U.S. Senate and the White House.
Credit Friends of Lane Evans

Lane Evans had an easy smile, but downstate Illinois’ progressive champion for working people and veterans was a bit bashful and didn’t often laugh out loud.

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Hancock County Death Investigation
2:19 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Update: Heart Attack Killed Sheriff’s Father before Fire Started

A fire destroyed Bentzinger Home Supply Store after owner Michael Bentzinger died of a heart attack.
Credit Jason Parrott

Hancock County Coroner Kendall Beals said an autopsy shows the father of Sheriff Scott Bentzinger died of a heart attack.

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