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  • Sears 2Q loss widens on sluggish sales Aug 21, 2014 4:58 PM
    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Inc. recorded a hefty second-quarter loss Thursday on another sales slump, raising more concerns about the future of a company that once was a staple of American shopping. The company, which operates Sears and Kmart, said it plans to do more cost-cutting to right the ship. That includes closing more stores beyond the 130 that it had announced earlier this year.

     
  • After Jewel, UPS, how do consumers stay safe from data hacks? Aug 23, 2014 12:58 PM
    What's next to protect you from data breaches that seem to crop up almost daily? Kukec's eBuzz column tells how new technology can help.

     
  • Officers storm house to free hostages in Harvey standoff Aug 20, 2014 11:49 AM
    About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Harvey Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a standoff that lasted more than 20 hours. The two adults and two children still being held at the home in the small city of Harvey were freed midmorning without a shot being fired, said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

     
  • Governor candidates don’t agree on debates, either Aug 20, 2014 12:35 PM
    After weeks of pressure from Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, Republican candidate Bruce Rauner agreed to eight forums and debates including one in Lake County, but the governor slammed the choices and said his opponent is “hiding.” So far, the two candidates have agreed to three meetups in common, including one hosted by ABC 7 in Chicago.

     
  • Websites offer new revenue options Aug 20, 2014 7:24 AM
    Mary O’Connor is struggling to keep her business open, so she turned to social media. The owner of Take A Bite Food Coaching Services, a Bloomington vegan and gluten-free bakery, restaurant and cooking class business, started an online funding campaign to raise $3,000 on Kickstarter so she can catch up on bills and stay above water the next few months..

     
  • 2 Pat Quinns accept ‘ice bucket challenge’ to raise money for ALS Aug 20, 2014 1:50 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn is getting a hand from someone with a familiar name to raise money for Lou Gehrig’s disease. The governor’s office says the Democrat will appear Wednesday in Chicago with Pat Quinn of Yonkers, New York. The other Quinn is credited with helping jumpstart the so-called “ice bucket challenge” to raise money for the disease also known as ALS. He was diagnosed last year.

     
  • Marijuana town hall attracts hundreds in Chicago Aug 20, 2014 4:53 PM
    Will retailers be able to open a package of marijuana to give customers a whiff? Will a master grower be able to work for multiple cultivation centers? Is medicinal marijuana chocolate considered candy? Those were among the questions at a standing-room-only town hall meeting about the application process for Illinois’ new medical marijuana program.

     
  • Appeals court says term limits can’t be on ballot Aug 20, 2014 6:25 PM
    Proponents of term limits for Illinois lawmakers were preparing a last-minute appeal to the state Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Wednesday that a measure asking voters to approve such a measure could not appear on the November ballot.

     
  • U of I can expect presidential pay to rise Aug 20, 2014 6:18 PM
    An employee of the firm helping the University of Illinois search for a new president says the school should expect to pay a salary in line with its status as a top university.

     
  • Sex assault charge leads to officer’s firing Aug 20, 2014 6:19 PM
    A police lieutenant in the Kankakee County community of Grant Park has been fired after being charged with criminal sexual assault.

     
  • Illinois students improve slightly on ACT Aug 20, 2014 4:46 PM
    Illinois students’ 20.7 average score on the four-subject test this year edged the previous year’s 20.6, but it fell just short of the national average of 21. The test is graded on a 36-point scale.

     
  • Tollway kids ID and safety seat event planned Aug 19, 2014 8:50 AM
    The Illinois Tollway and District 15 of the Illinois State Police are planning a “Kids Identification and Safety Seat” event this week. The “KISS” event will be at the 127th Street Walgreens in Lemont. Authorities will conduct child safety-seat inspections and create children’s ID cards inside the store.

     
  • Illinois man gets 9 years in fatal drunken crash Aug 19, 2014 8:41 AM
    A Douglas County judge has sentenced a man to nine years in prison for killing another man while driving drunk. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports 29-year-old Edgar Maza was sentenced Monday for aggravated DUI in the October death of 47-year-old motorcyclist Harold Adamson of Atwood. Maza pleaded guilty in July.

     
  • Sangamon County panel OKs $2.6 million settlement Aug 19, 2014 8:43 AM
    A Sangamon County committee has approved a $2.6 million settlement offer to the family of a former clown charged with child sex crimes who died in jail in 2007. The State Journal-Register reports the county board’s civil liabilities committee signed off on Monday. The full county board next has to approve the settlement. The county isn’t admitting liability. It says it’s spent about $2.7 million in legal fees since the lawsuit started in 2008. A. Paul Carlock of Springfield died in a hospital after a physical struggle with guards at the county jail. The 57-year-old had been arrested on federal child pornography and molestation charges. A sheriff has denied wrongdoing by jail staff.

     
  • Law aims to prevent student athlete concussions Aug 19, 2014 3:09 PM
    High school coaches and athletic directors now must take a concussion training course under a law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn. The law requires the Illinois High School Association to develop an online certification program. Quinn says the idea is to reduce and prevent concussions among athletes. The Chicago Democrat signed the measure Tuesday at a school on Chicago’s South Side. The law takes effect immediately.

     
  • Rauner urges quick decision on term limits measure Aug 19, 2014 1:21 PM
    Advocates for term limits in Illinois say the state Supreme Court likely will decide whether the issue can appear on the November ballot, no matter how an appeals court rules.Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is urging the high court to take up the issue “immediately” once the lower court issues a ruling.

     
  • Illinois sees year’s 1st human case of West Nile Aug 19, 2014 8:49 AM
    Health officials in Illinois are reporting the state’s first human case of West Nile virus this year. A woman in her 70s got sick last month. Her case was reported to the state by the Chicago Department of Public Health, which made the announcement Monday.

     
  • Visitor agency banks on agritourism Aug 19, 2014 7:53 AM
    Prairie Fruits Farm earned its reputation by producing goat’s-milk cheese and gelato. Now the farm just north of Champaign-Urbana is milking agritourism for extra business. This is the second year the farm has offered organized tours for groups of school children and adults. It’s also the second season that Prairie Fruits has worked with a pair of businesses — the KD Ranch game farm near Oakwood and Sleepy Creek Vineyards near Fairmount — to host the “Fork in the Road Tasting Trail.”

     
  • Concussion classes now required for high school coaches Aug 21, 2014 8:26 AM
    As football season gets underway, high school sports coaches in Illinois soon will have to take classes on how to best reduce concussions among young athletes under a new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn today. The effort comes from state Rep. Carol Sente, a Vernon Hills Democrat, who first proposed last year limiting tackling in youth and high school football practices.

     
  • Illinois officials assess centuries-old elm tree Aug 18, 2014 8:36 AM
    Western Illinois officials say a centuries-old tree might not been infected with Dutch elm disease based on preliminary tests. The Quincy Herald-Whig reports one of Quincy’s few American elm trees that survived a 1970s blight might now be in shock after two summers of drought and a particularly harsh winter.

     
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