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  • Illinois hospital opens $1 million garden Illinois hospital opens $1 million garden Aug 28, 2014 8:59 AM
    Children’s Hospital of Illinois is opening a $1 million rooftop garden for families of patients in pediatric critical care. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports the ribbon cutting is Thursday for the garden. It’s expected to officially open next week after years of planning. The Peoria hospital is based at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

     
  • Illinois women charged with cooking meth in church Aug 28, 2014 8:59 AM
    Southern Illinois authorities have charged two women with cooking methamphetamine in a rural Hillsboro church.The State Journal-Register reports 53-year-old Judith Hemken of Litchfield and 26-year-old Tiffany Burton of Hillsboro were charged with participating in manufacturing meth in a church Wednesday. They could each face nine to 40 years in prison if convicted.

     
  • Coroner: Illinois woman hit in police chase dies Aug 28, 2014 8:59 AM
    Winnebago County authorities say a woman has died after being struck by a vehicle fleeing from police last week. A Winnebago County coroner says 42-year-old Karen Williams of Rockford died Wednesday after being hospitalized in critical condition for a week. The coroner’s office plans to conduct an autopsy.

     
  • Decatur bench presser tops 500 pounds Aug 28, 2014 9:01 AM
    When Sylvester Stallone’s character is asked to explain his battle philosophy in “Rambo: First Blood Part II,” he replies: “To survive a war, you gotta become war.” Chris Rice brings a similar take-no-prisoners approach to the sport of bench press weightlifting. That means spending about seven hours a week in Decatur’s Club Fitness gym and waging total war on hefting weights almost twice as heavy as he is.

     
  • Illinois health centers receive $1.7 million for projects Aug 27, 2014 9:01 AM
    Seven health centers in the Chicago area are receiving a total of $1.7 million in funding for construction and renovation projects. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois announced the funding Tuesday.

     
  • Man pleads guilty in death of Illinois officer Aug 27, 2014 9:01 AM
    A South Carolina man has pleaded guilty in a vehicle crash that killed an on-duty Pontiac officer and his police dog last year.The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports Jason Collins of West Columbia, South Carolina, entered the plea Tuesday to charges of reckless homicide and aggravated drunken driving in the October 2013 crash near Pontiac.

     
  • Illinois woman gets 75 years for father’s murder Aug 27, 2014 9:01 AM
    A southern Illinois woman has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for soliciting and aiding in the 2011 murder of her father. Williamson County Judge John Speroni sentenced 55-year-old Cindy Stearns on Tuesday.

     
  • Golf has ageless wonder in Rockford Aug 27, 2014 9:06 AM
    Lowell Parrish peaked at age 68, when he shot his age for the first time and was a scratch golfer. “I’m a slow learner,” he joked. Or maybe he peaked at age 80, when he played a personal-best 230 times with his Rockford Park District golf pass. Parrish, 82, has won the Rockford Senior Classic, for golfers 60 and older, four times, but has never won a non-senior tourney. Still, among fellow golfers he is one of the most famous in town.

     
  • Vallas: Rauner budget plan means big schools cuts Aug 27, 2014 3:31 PM
    Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Paul Vallas argued Republican Bruce Rauner’s plans to let the state’s income tax rate drop could lead to teacher layoffs statewide.

     
  • Rauner broadens Ag Department patronage criticism Aug 27, 2014 9:43 PM
    The GOP candidate for Illinois governor broadened his criticism of state agriculture officials Wednesday, saying the department was “full of cronyism” and has “folks running things that generally don’t have much expertise.” Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner’s statements at a forum coordinated by the Illinois Farm Bureau featuring candidates for governor and U.S. Senate follow comments earlier this month that the agency’s director “must have agriculture experience” — a shot at Agriculture Director Bob Flider, a former Democratic lawmaker who was named to the post after he lost a 2010 re-election race for the Illinois House.

     
  • Illinois mayor survives West Nile, urges caution Aug 26, 2014 8:18 AM
    A suburban Chicago mayor who survived West Nile virus is lending his voice to the prevention campaign. Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton is walking and talking again, but he still has limited movement in his neck two years after contracting the virus from an infected mosquito.

     
  • Central Illinois mayor resigns after charges Aug 26, 2014 11:19 AM
    The mayor of Kincaid in central Illinois has resigned after he was charged for allegedly violating an order of protection and possessing drugs.The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the Kincaid Village Board unanimously voted Monday to accept the resignation of Douglas A. Thomas. It will pay him about $1,200 for leaving before his term ends.

     
  • Former Springfield teacher convicted of sex abuse Aug 26, 2014 11:19 AM
    A former Springfield teacher has been convicted of sexually abusing a young boy more than a decade ago. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that 59-year-old Steven Battles was sentenced to seven years in prison in Sangamon Circuit Court Monday.

     
  • Murder suspect arrested in Lake in the Hills Aug 26, 2014 4:46 PM
    A federal parolee suspected in a stabbing death earlier this month in west-central Illinois has been arrested in Lake in the Hills.

     
  • Quinn liaison to IDOT resigns Aug 26, 2014 4:55 PM
    One of Gov. Pat Quinn’s deputy chiefs of staff — whose responsibilities included the troubled Illinois Department of Transportation — is leaving the job.

     
  • Lincoln library plans Stevenson family exhibit Aug 26, 2014 4:52 PM
    Officials at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are planning an exhibit featuring former Gov. Adlai Stevenson II and his family’s political dynasty.

     
  • Quinn says agencies must follow hiring rules Aug 26, 2014 4:57 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn deflected blame for state hiring problems Tuesday, saying agencies must follow anti-patronage hiring rules — even when the candidates are those the governor’s office favors.

     
  • Quinn signs pregnancy anti-discrimination measure Aug 26, 2014 5:00 PM
    New guidelines aimed at preventing workplace discrimination against pregnant women were signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn this week, a move backers say extends protections already in place for other workers.

     
  • Quinn vetoes 70 mph speed limit on tollways in suburbs Aug 27, 2014 5:23 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday put the brakes on legislation that would have raised speed limits on suburban tollways to 70 mph. The governor last year signed a law to raise speed limits on downstate interstates, but urban areas were excluded. “(T)he convenience of increased speeds for drivers on Illinois tollways does not outweigh the safety risks to children, families, and our dedicated public servants,” Quinn wrote in his veto message.

     
  • Quinn signs law allowing study of industrial hemp Aug 26, 2014 6:36 PM
    Universities and the Illinois Department of Agriculture now can study industrial hemp, which is in the same species as marijuana but has a negligible amount of marijuana’s active ingredient. Hemp can be used in the production of plastics, fuel, textiles and food.

     
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