Illinois

Seeks to Replace Rep. Tracy
10:29 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Frese Enters IL House District 94

Randy Frese (second from right) announces his bid for the Illinois' House District 94 seat.

The first candidate to publicly announce his bid to represent Illinois' 94th House District says job creation and education are his top priorities.

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Petition Filed Against Her
9:33 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Knox County Treasurer: Pay Raises Not Her Decision

The Galesburg Election Board wants the Knox County Treasurer to be held in civil contempt over pay raises.
Credit http://www.knoxcountyil.com/

The Galesburg Election Board has filed a petition to have Knox County Treasurer Robin Davis held in civil contempt for not paying wage increases the panel has called for. 

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No Foul Play or Trauma
4:32 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Sheriff : Inmate Dies of Natural Causes

Hancock County Sheriff Scott Bentzinger

Hancock County Sheriff Scott Bentzinger says a preliminary autopsy on William Clark, 63 of Sutter, Il. shows that he died of natural causes.

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Flanagan Pipeline
2:26 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Flowing Fuels: Monitoring Illinois Pipelines

Construction of Flanagan South Pipeline in Livingston County, Illinois

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 6:11 am

We wrap-up our series on "Flowing Fuels" with a look at who is responsible for inspecting pipelines in Illinois. 

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April 9, 2013
11:56 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Illinois Election Results - Boards of Education

The results of school board/community college races from throughout west-central Illinois during the April 9, 2013 election.

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April 9, 2013
11:29 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Illinois Election Results - Cities/Villages

The results of city/village races from throughout west-central Illinois during the April 9, 2013 election.

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Bill Knight - July 26
6:43 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Fracking Laws Needed in Illinois

Bill Knight

Illinois’ legislature last session failed to pass a law addressing fracking (hydraulic fracturing), and the result may be less that the state dodged a bullet and more that Illinoisans got a blindfold before the order to fire.

The House’s last-day attempt to impose a two-year moratorium and a tax on fracking scuttled SB3280, which in May sought to create fracking regulations where none exist (the Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempts it from the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and other federal environmental regulations). The state Senate unanimously approved the measure in April.

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No Phones in Work Zones
10:39 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

New Laws on Distracted Driving

Illinois drivers are coming under more pressure to slow down and stay off their cell phones.  

Governor Pat Quinn has signed four laws aimed at making roadways safer.  

"We want to have strict laws that deal with those who greatly exceed the speed limit and cause great harm and loss of life," says Quinn, "and we need to, I think, lay down strict guidelines for our judges and for those in the traffic courts across Illinois, so they know what the rules are."  

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Quinn Confident in DOC Leadership
8:27 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Illinois Prison Staffing Concerns

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

Illinois prison guards say Governor Pat Quinn's move to close correctional centers will lead to more violence.

They said, during a rally at the State Capitol in Springfield this week, that assaults are already on the rise due to overcrowding.

Twelve prison guards gave graphic and disturbing reports of violence at their institutions.

Jake Dalton is a sergeant at the Pontiac prison.  He says his facility is drastically understaffed.

"The Governor has lit a fuse on a powder keg," says Dalton, "and he is not going to be around for the explosion.  We are."

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Climatologist Says Above Normal Rain Needed
3:32 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Corn Unlikely to Recover from Drought

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says the current drought conditions have been slowly developing since the start of the calendar year.

"Every month, this year, has been below normal on precipitation and above normal on temperatures," says Angel.  "You get that combination going and we were drying out in March, which is normally the 'budding' month."

Angel says the situation was not helped by a dry winter, which depleted some soil moisture, and less rain last summer and fall.

He says the drought is also feeding on itself. 

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