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  • State report cards coming Oct. 31, with some changes Oct 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    On Oct. 31, the Illinois State Board of Education will release its annual set of data that measures how well students and schools are performing, but several new metrics will help parents and community members better analyze the numbers.

     
  • AP Fact Check: Did school funding rise or fall under Quinn? Oct 16, 2014 5:32 PM
    Whether education funding in Illinois rose or fell under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn depends on whose money you’re talking about, and during what time period. The question has surfaced repeatedly in the heated campaign between Quinn and his challenger, Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.

     
  • Commission warns Illinois could become ‘sucker state’ Oct 16, 2014 5:38 PM
    A Chicago Crime Commission vice president says Illinois could become known as “the sucker state” if it doesn’t eradicate unregulated casino-like machines he alleges can be fixed to cheat players.

     
  • Public school demographics changing in Illinois Oct 16, 2014 5:01 PM
    The Illinois State Board of Education released statistics showing that more than half of public school students in the state are considered low-income, and for the first time, less than half of public school students are white.

     
  • Illinois employers post 212,000 job ads in September Oct 15, 2014 6:24 AM
    Illinois businesses placed more than 212,000 “help wanted” ads online in September. Most of the ads were seeking full-time workers. The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Tuesday the leading metropolitan areas where there were jobs being advertised were Chicago, Bloomington/Peoria, Decatur/Springfield and Rockford. The information comes from the Conference Board, an independent business membership and research group. Employment Security Department Director Jay Rowell says the volume of help wanted ads has been consistent and is “a strong signal” of continuing need for workers. The department manages a help-wanted website where workers can apply for many of the listed jobs. The IllinoisJobLink.com site features a “Resume Builder” tool to assist people in preparing a resume.

     
  • Illinois woman gets snake she didn’t order in mail Oct 15, 2014 6:44 AM
    Granite City police say a woman has received a baby python in the mail that someone purchased with her credit card number. Delores Gavin tells KMOV-TV a FedEx delivery man left the snake at her front door Tuesday. The $100 spotted python was sent from a reptile dealer in California and is a common pet among reptile lovers. Gavin says she screamed when she found the snake, which she didn’t order. The reptile dealer has agreed to take the snake back and refund $100 charged to Gavin’s credit card. Police say they’re investigating the possible identity theft.

     
  • Quinn encourages Illinois residents to get flu shots Oct 15, 2014 6:29 AM
    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn got an annual flu shot in part to help remind residents around the state about the importance of an annual vaccination.

     
  • Danville building increasing county insurance bill Oct 15, 2014 6:27 AM
    Officials in Vermillion County in eastern Illinois say concerns about a vacant skyscraper makes it more expensive to insure an adjacent county building. The 12-story Bresee Tower in downtown Danville is the tallest building in the county. It was built in 1917 and has been vacant since 2006. The News-Gazette in Champaign reports Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said the building’s exterior terra cotta falls away as it weathers. Those chunks can damage the adjacent building. Vermilion County Financial Resources Director Nikki Bogart says the insurance costs are increasing by 30 percent. That will increase county costs by about $50,000 a year. Bresee Tower isn’t very big by modern standards. However, in 2012 it was listed on the state’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Places list.

     
  • Winner of Illinois short film contest announced Oct 15, 2014 6:12 AM
    The Illinois Film Office has announced the winner of the state’s seventh annual short film contest. It’s a film called “Parietal Guidance.” It’s written and directed by Lonnie Edwards. It stars his daughter, Alinah Edwards.

     
  • Man accused of southern Illinois shooting Oct 15, 2014 6:19 AM
    A southern Illinois man is being held in lieu of $2 million bond after being charged with attempted murder. He is accused of shooting another man in the back of the neck with a shotgun.

     
  • KUKEC: $10,000 for a TV? LG says its OLED is worth it Oct 16, 2014 3:52 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features the new HYPERLINK "http://lgnewsroom.com/newsroom/contents/64643"Ultra HD OLED 4K 65-inch TV from LG Electronics USA Inc., which has operations in Lincolnshire. The company recently launched this new TV that costs about $10,000. It will be available for consumers for about $10,000 in early November. Another 77-inch version, costing roughly $25,000, will be available early next year.

     
  • Obama plans push to help 7 Democratic governor hopefuls Oct 15, 2014 6:38 AM
    President Barack Obama is planning a major campaign push in seven governor’s races, where Democrats’ prospects are looking up, while largely avoiding the party’s tougher challenges in the Senate as midterm elections approach.

     
  • Police investigate assaults at University of Illinois Oct 14, 2014 11:33 AM
    Champaign police say they are investigating a string of assaults on the University of Illinois campus that left four people injured. Police say the victims in all four attacks reported being assaulted between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Saturday as they walked on campus.

     
  • Jimmy Carter set to speak at Illinois College Oct 14, 2014 8:45 AM
    ormer President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to speak about a Middle East peace initiative at Illinois College. The (Springfield) State Register-Journal reports Carter will give an address Tuesday at an event that’s open to the public.

     
  • Galesburg man helping historic theater Oct 14, 2014 8:46 AM
    A local man is giving his time, talents and money to help give the Orpheum Theatre much needed plaster renovations, a project expected to last well into next year. Retired sales representative Gary Morgan reached out to the Orpheum to offer his services to restore the Orpheum to it’s original charm.

     
  • Police: Illinois man killed helping with accident Oct 14, 2014 8:43 AM
    Authorities say a Bloomington man has been struck and killed while helping at the scene of an earlier car accident. Tazewell County Coroner James Baldi said Monday that 55-year-old Brian Epping was pronounced dead Saturday at the scene of the accidents in Washington.

     
  • U. of Illinois plans center focused on gene data Oct 14, 2014 8:44 AM
    The University of Illinois and the Mayo Clinic will use a $9.3 million federal grant to set up a new research center focused on data analysis and health care.

     
  • Sheriff: 92-year-old Illinois man dies in accident Oct 14, 2014 9:22 AM
    Will County authorities say a 92-year-old man has died after being crushed by a truck that rolled down a driveway on his Homer Glen farm. The (Joliet) Herald-News reports sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said Monday that John Nahser died Saturday. His 61-year-old daughter tells authorities she had returned from a store and parked the pickup truck on a sloped gravel driveway. She says she joined her father working in a barn and heard a loud crash after he walked outside.

     
  • Illinois legislative committee to take up fracking Oct 14, 2014 10:30 AM
    Rules for hydraulic fracturing in Illinois are on the agenda for an Illinois legislative committee meeting. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules last month asked for more time to consider proposed rules to govern high-volume oil and gas extraction in Illinois.

     
  • Prosecutor backs Illinois inmate’s clemency bid Oct 14, 2014 10:31 AM
    The prosecutor of a man serving a 90-year prison sentence for a 1992 southwestern Illinois shooting that killed his former girlfriend and wounded her boyfriend is lobbying for the inmate’s clemency bid.

     
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