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  • Rock Island Arsenal loses 1,083 jobs in two years Nov 22, 2014 9:20 AM
    More than 1,000 jobs at the Rock Island Arsenal have been lost over the past two years due to cutbacks in defense spending.

     
  • 140 frozen turkeys stolen from Illinois market Nov 22, 2014 9:32 AM
    Police in southern Illinois are investigating the theft of 140 frozen turkeys from a locked refrigerated trailer outside a meat market.

     
  • Downstate Congressman blames loss on Quinn, Obama Nov 22, 2014 8:51 AM
    U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart says he hasn’t decided if he will seek public office again after losing his southwest Illinois seat in the November election. Enyart said Republicans didn’t run against him, but against President Obama and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

     
  • Great Lakes Naval Base boost Illinois economy Nov 22, 2014 8:53 AM
    The Great Lakes Naval Station is among the top military facilities contributing to economic activity in Illinois. A new report has found that the military and defense industry provides 150,000 jobs and $13.3 billion in economic activity to Illinois.

     
  • Rauner tackles full transition agenda Nov 22, 2014 12:00 PM
    From dealing with a rush of jobseekers to a leaky roof and hard feelings among opponents he now needs, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has been busily preparing to take over Illinois. His plans include staging a “big party” to celebrate “our great state” at his inauguration, even as he struggles to get a handle on the state’s “horrible” budget situation.

     
  • Algonquin police chief up for U.S. marshal post Nov 22, 2014 7:43 PM
    Algonquin Police Chief Russell Laine is one of three people U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk have recommended to President Barack Obama to become the next United States marshal for its high-profile northern Illinois district. The previous head was abruptly demoted in September. “It’s a terrific opportunity, and I believe I can do some good things,” said Laine, who has been chief since 1985 and announced plans to retire in December from the Algonquin position.

     
  • Wisconsin may ease up on emerald ash borer invasive ranking Nov 22, 2014 9:19 AM
    The state Department of Natural Resources’ board could add scores of organisms to Wisconsin’s invasive species list next month in the first revisions to the catalog since it was created five years ago. The DNR aos wants to downgrade the emerald ash borer's status from prohibited to restricted, acknowledging that the beetle is too pervasive to stop.

     
  • Illinois coroner exhumes woman in uncertain case Nov 21, 2014 9:11 AM
    The Adams County coroner’s office has exhumed the body of a Quincy woman amid scrutiny of the pathologist who performed the woman’s inconclusive autopsy. The Quincy Herald-Whig reports Coroner Jim Keller said the body of Linda Booth was exhumed Thursday. The 50-year-old woman was found dead in her pool in 2005.

     
  • 140 frozen turkeys stolen from Illinois market Nov 21, 2014 9:11 AM
    Police in southern Illinois are investigating after 140 frozen turkeys were stolen from a locked refrigerated trailer outside a meat market the week before Thanksgiving. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the thefts happened between Monday evening and when Schneider’s Quality Meats and Catering in Waterloo opened on Tuesday morning. Waterloo Police Chief Jim Trantham says he’s hopeful surveillance video will give officers more information in the case. Owner Mark Lengacher says “I guess even thieves have Thanksgiving.” Lengacher says the thefts won’t ruin the holiday for his business because he has plenty of other turkeys to go around. The Jenny-O brand turkeys weights about 12 pounds each. Police say the haul was valued at more than $2,000. Waterloo is in Monroe County about 25 miles south of St. Louis.

     
  • Michael Brown’s dad urges peace in online video Nov 21, 2014 10:27 AM
    The father of Michael Brown is making a plea for peace, regardless of whether the grand jury decides to charge the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot his unarmed son. Michael Brown Sr. has posted a video online saying that he, his family and the St. Louis region are still hurting. But, Brown says, “hurting others or destroying property is not the answer.”

     
  • Union: Charges seem unlikely for Ferguson officer Nov 21, 2014 10:27 AM
    The suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown seems confident that he will not face criminal charges from a grand jury that has been investigating the case for several months, a police union official said Thursday. Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, said he met Thursday with Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, who has remained secluded from the public eye since the Aug. 9 shooting that sparked tense and occasionally violent protests and drew national attention.

     
  • Fall harvest nearly complete in central Illinois Nov 21, 2014 9:07 AM
    A successful harvest season is wrapping up in central Illinois as farmers finish gathering their corn and soybean crops from the fields. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports 94 percent of the state’s corn and 95 percent of soybean harvest were completed as of Sunday. Although prices have fallen, Peoria County Farm Bureau manager Patrick Kirchhofer says this year was one of the best on record, with corn yields over 200 bushels an acre.

     
  • Ferguson shooting case grand jury proceeds under veil of secrecy Nov 21, 2014 10:27 AM
    Secrecy surrounds almost every aspect of the grand jury deciding whether a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson should be charged with a crime for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has mobilized National Guard troops to support local law enforcement agencies if there is unrest after the decision, which could come as early as today.

     
  • Riopell: Kirk says 2016 opponents have ‘quite a hill to climb’ Nov 21, 2014 6:27 AM
    Eyes now turn to the 2016 election, and Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk told Political Editor Mike Riopell he's confident he'll be re-elected. "No way am I going to retire," said Kirk, who'll be in the majority party come January.

     
  • Judge: Illinois pension overhaul unconstitutional Nov 21, 2014 6:15 PM
    A judge ruled Friday that Illinois’ landmark pension overhaul is unconstitutional, setting the stage for a showdown in the state Supreme Court. Suburban teachers cheered the decision. “I was honestly elated to know that my retirement security was safe for now,” said Mike Sayre, a special-education teacher at Crystal Lake Central High School.

     
  • State to refund retiree health care money Nov 21, 2014 5:27 PM
    The state will refund money to about 75,000 state retirees who’ve been paying a portion of their pensions for health insurance over the last year and a half. Judge Steven Nardulli on Friday scheduled a Dec. 18 hearing to establish how to distribute more than $60 million to the retirees. Attorneys estimate the money will be returned by spring.

     
  • Champaign theater cancels Cosby shows Nov 21, 2014 5:47 PM
    Bill Cosby’s two shows next April at a theater in Champaign have been canceled in the wake of allegations the famed comedian sexually assaulted women.

     
  • New study shows impact of military in Illinois Nov 21, 2014 4:03 PM
    A new study shows the military and defense industry supports $13.3 billion in economic activity in Illinois. The statewide economic impact study was released Thursday by the Lt. Governor Sheila Simon’s office and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

     
  • S. Illinois schools preparing for Ferguson ruling Nov 21, 2014 4:06 PM
    School officials in areas of southern Illinois say they’re preparing for a grand jury decision regarding the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in suburban St. Louis.

     
  • Fall harvest nearly complete in central Illinois Nov 21, 2014 4:10 PM
    A successful harvest season is wrapping up in central Illinois as farmers finish gathering their corn and soybean crops from the fields.

     
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