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  • A pre-release version of Windows 8.1 on a tablet in Los Angeles. A new, yet-unnamed Windows update is expected this spring, just months after the Windows 8.1 update came out.

    Windows 8 updates expected at Microsoft conferenceApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Microsoft is following through on a promise to update its Windows 8 operating system on a regular basis to respond to consumers’ complaints and other feedback. Just months after the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft is preparing changes to make it easier for people to use Windows with traditional keyboard and mouse controls.

     
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  • Associated Press Illinois Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Skokie speaks with a legislative staffer at the state Capitol in Springfield. A report to be released Tuesday says an Illinois $160 billion pension plan ultimately wonít make much of a dent in the stateís growing deficits.

    Study: Despite pension reform, Ill. deficit grows Jan 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Recent pension reform legislation has been hailed as historic and groundbreaking, but the $160 billion savings plan ultimately won’t make much of a dent in the state’s growing deficits, a report released Tuesday says. While the changes to the state’s major public pension systems will eliminate their unfunded liability over the next 25 years, the state’s deficit will increase to $13 billion during that time.

     
  •  Janet Humpal, right, buys Mega Millions lottery tickets from cashier Brittany Beardon at the Bi Rite market in Olmsted Township, Ohio.

    Why do lottery players think they can defy odds? Dec 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    It’s the ultimate fantasy: Walk into a store, plunk down a dollar, and with nothing but luck — really extraordinary luck — you win a giant lottery. Suddenly, you’re rich as a sultan with enough money to buy an NBA team or your own island. The odds of that happening, of course, are astronomical. But tell that to the optimists and dreamers across the country who lined up in a last-minute buying frenzy ahead of Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing.

     
  • Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn: Best way to campaign is to do the job Nov 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    Pat Quinn says the best way to campaign for the 2014 election is to do his job. The Chicago Democrat wouldn’t say much Tuesday about the fact that potential Republican rival Bruce Rauner has put about $1.25 million of his own money into the four-way GOP primary.

     
  • Nuclear waste burial debate produces odd alliances Nov 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Ordinarily, a proposal to bury radioactive waste in a scenic area that relies on tourism would inspire “not in my backyard” protests from local residents — and relief in places that were spared. But conventional wisdom has been turned on its head in the Canadian province of Ontario, where a publicly owned power company wants to entomb waste from its nuclear plants 2,230 feet below the surface and less than a mile from Lake Huron.

     
  • Dixon City Council poised to approve settlement Oct 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Officials of the northern Illinois city of Dixon are poised to approve a $40 million settlement in connection with former comptroller Rita Crundwell’s theft of millions of dollars in public money. The Telegraph in Dixon reports the Dixon City Council on Tuesday is expected to give the settlement final approval at a public meeting.

     
  • Residents fear new O’Hare runway to increase noise Oct 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Some residents around Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport who are already concerned about the noise levels are worried about the impact of a new runway expected to open this week. The runway opens Thursday. The Chicago Sun-Times reports arrivals at another nearby terminal will jump by more than 50 percent. That’s according to an analysis of city data predictions.

     
  • Dixon readies for meeting on $40 million settlement Oct 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Officials in the northern Illinois town of Dixon have outlined plans for a meeting to discuss what the community should do with $40 million it’s getting as part of a legal settlement. Mayor Jim Burke plans to make the opening remarks at the meeting Thursday evening. The city’s finance director will make recommendations.

     
  • Illinois extends deadline for retiree insurance audit Oct 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    A deadline has been extended for some Illinois state retirees to submit certain health insurance documents because of the federal government shutdown. Recipients of various state health insurance programs need to provide IRS documents by a late October deadline in order to prove that their dependents should still be eligible to receive state health insurance coverage.

     
  •  A 30-year-old fast food cook living in Chicago and making $18,000 a year could expect to pay, on average, $98 a month for a bronze plan after receiving financial assistance. The same worker could expect to pay $156 a month for a silver plan, also after a subsidy.

    Analysis: Health insurance prices for 3 Illinois households Oct 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    How much will an Illinois fast food cook pay for insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law? How about a preschool teacher? Or a freelance writer? Price information has been difficult to come by because of technical glitches on the federal health insurance marketplace where Illinois residents must buy insurance if they want to take advantage of new tax credits that will help them pay the cost.

     
  • Chicago unions plan rally against government shutdown Sep 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    Union members in Chicago are planning a rally to protest a possible partial shutdown of the federal government. A Monday afternoon rally is planned outside downtown Chicago's Federal Plaza. It will include federal civilian employees represented by the American Federation of Government Employees. Their protest rally slogan is “Stop the Lockout.”

     
  • Mark W. Everson, former commissioner of the IRS, speaks Wednesday on the Affordable Care Act during a program hosted by the Daily Herald Media Group.

    Local experts eye effects of looming health care law Sep 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    Arlington Heights-based Northwest Community Hospital expects a gradual increase in the demand for the services of primary care doctors as the Affordable Care Act unfolds, a hospital executive said Wednesday. Hartke was among a panel of experts who discussed the Affordable Care Act and what it means to local small- and mid-sized businesses and to the local health care industry. About 240 business executives, chamber officials and other professionals attended the program hosted by the Daily Herald Media Group at Chandler's Chop House in Schaumburg.

     
  • Holocaust survivors remembers parents with Torah Aug 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    An 88-year-old Holocaust survivor is honoring her parents and those of her late husband by giving a $40,000 handwritten Torah she commissioned to a Skokie synagogue. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday that Marge Fettman was 17 when she was separated from family members at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp. They died but she was spared.

     
  • In this image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a photomicrograph of a fresh stool sample, which had been prepared using a 10% formalin solution, and stained with modified acid-fast stain, reveals the presence of four Cyclospora cayetanensis oocysts in the field of view.

    Investigators tracking source of stomach bug outbreakJul 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    State and federal investigators are trying to figure out the source of a stomach bug that has sickened 372 people in 15 states, including four in Illinois, one of which was in Lake County. Iowa and Nebraska have linked some cases in their states to eating pre-packaged salad mix, but the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have said the mix is not linked to all of the cases.

     
  • 44 community groups to tout insurance marketplace Jul 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn says $27 million in federal funds will be distributed to 44 community organizations that will help educate the public and push enrollment in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. The marketplace is a requirement of the Affordable Care Act.

     
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  • The Illinois Lottery plans to sponsor Fourth of July fireworks displays in five Illinois cities this year including Batavia.

    Illinois Lottery to sponsor fireworks in Batavia, 4 other cities Jul 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Illinois Lottery plans to sponsor Fourth of July fireworks displays in five Illinois cities this year including Batavia. Lottery officials announced Monday that it'll sponsor fireworks shows in Batavia, Champaign, Chicago, Harvey and Rockford. Harvey hasn't had a fireworks show in years because of a lack of money.

     
  • Miners, supporters to rally again in St. LouisJun 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Retired coal miners and their supporters are planning another rally in downtown St. Louis in an ongoing dispute with Patriot Coal.The rally was scheduled Monday morning in Kiener Plaza, with United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts expected to take part.

     
  • The Illinois Senate has approved a plan that would ban the use of cell phones while driving. Senators voted 34-20 Thursday, sending the bill to Gov. Pat Quinn.

    Illinois Senate OKs ban on cell phones while drivingMay 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Illinois Senate has approved a plan that would ban the use of cell phones while driving. Senators voted 34-20 Thursday, sending the bill to Gov. Pat Quinn. His spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message seeking comment. The House approved it in March. The proposal says drivers have to use hands-free devices or use speakerphone features for calls.

     
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