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Illinois Supreme Court Ruling
2:11 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Schools Must Share Info About Employee Sex Abuse Allegations

The Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court
State of Illinois

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled a school district that suspended a teacher because of allegations of sexual misconduct had a duty to warn another district where  the teacher later found work.

Jon  White was twice suspended from his teaching job in Normal. But the  McLean County school district did not disclose that when the Urbana  schools asked to verify White's employment.

White was eventually convicted of abusing eight girls in Urbana and two  in  Normal. He will spend most of the next 30 years in prison.

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Senators Talk EPA, Wind Energy, Farm Bill
9:55 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Harkin/Grassley Visit Lee County

Keokuk Area Hospital CEO Wally Winkler (standing right) addresses Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa (standing left) during the U.S. Senator's recent town hall meeting.

Two of Iowa’s political heavyweights spent some time in Lee County this week.  They used separate events to tout one of the state’s growing industries.

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, visits Lee County at least once a year as part of his annual 99-county tour of the state.

His counterpart, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin’s, D-Iowa, visits are much more sporadic, which made their visits occurring at the same time rather unique.


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A Ramsar Wetland
6:19 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

World Recognition for the Emiquon Complex

An egret prepares to touch down at the Emiquon Complex
Rich Egger

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon recognized two wetlands along the Illinois River for their importance to conservation. 

The Emiquon Complex near Lewistown and the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge near Hennepin received the Ramsar designation this year.  The honor highlights efforts to restore both sites to their natural states.

Before a ceremony at Dickson Mounds Museum, Simon said the international designation can help boost tourism for the region.

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Appropriation reduced
1:26 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Superintendent Says Lawmakers Not Up-Front on Cuts

Schuyler-Industry School Superintendent  Mat Plater says lawmakers have not been up-front with some of the cuts made to education funding. Schools are getting less money even though the budget line for General State Aid has not changed.

He says, “They found a quieter, more politically-correct way to reduce that. You don't hear anybody talking about reducing the foundation level anymore. They're just not appropriating enough dollars to pay at that level so it automatically gets reduced.”

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Northeast Missouri/Burlington
11:31 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Election Results - August 7, 2012


Democratic Primary

Western Commissioner (choose 1)

Paul Brotherton - 195 votes (42%)

Ed Knupp - 139 votes (30%)

Roger Sedore (Incumbent) - 130 votes (28%)

Republican Primary

Eastern Commissioner (choose 1)

Henry Dienst - 179 votes (69%)

Larry Saxton - 81 votes (31%)

Extension of Road Use Sales Tax

Yes - 714 votes (71%)

No - 296 votes (29%)


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