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  • Police: Woman found dead on highway in Rockford Aug 18, 2014 8:50 AM
    Winnebago County officials say a Rochelle woman has been found dead on a highway after being hit by a semitrailer. The Rockford Register Star reports the 29-year-old pedestrian was pronounced dead Sunday after emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene

     
  • Wisconsin human waste spill causes traffic delays Aug 18, 2014 12:22 PM
    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says human waste has spilled on a highway in Racine County. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the spill caused traffic delays Sunday afternoon for about three hours on Interstate 94 eastbound. The department says a “liquid non-hazardous substance” spilled across all lanes.

     
  • Warden named for Thomson prison Aug 18, 2014 5:09 PM
    A man with nearly 25 years of experience in the federal prison system has been named warden of the Thomson Correctional Center. Federal officials announced the appointment of Donald Hudson on Monday.

     
  • Audit shows Illinois overdrew millions in federal Medicaid money Aug 18, 2014 7:23 PM
    Illinois used faulty methods for withdrawing federal Medicaid money, resulting in “a perpetual ‘treadmill effect”’ of regular overdraws of dollars that the state later had trouble repaying, federal auditors said in a report released Monday.

     
  • Attorney general wants lawsuit against treasurer’s office dropped Aug 18, 2014 7:14 PM
    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants portions of a lawsuit filed against Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s office dropped, and a court to sanction the former staff lawyer who filed it.

     
  • New Illinois laws target senior care complaints Aug 18, 2014 6:19 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed two pieces of legislation giving seniors and the disabled greater access to people who can address complaints about their care or their living conditions.

     
  • Pathologist: Brown may have had his hands raised Aug 19, 2014 9:13 AM
    An unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, a pathologist hired by his family said Monday. But the pathologist said the team that examined Michael Brown can't be sure yet exactly how the wounds were inflicted, citing the need for more information.

     
  • Romeoville weather service installs new system Aug 19, 2014 9:04 AM
    Up until recently, six short-lived EF1 tornadoes spawned by two storms that tore through northern Illinois on June 30 might have been all but invisible to the National Weather Service. The closest, which touched down briefly between Plainfield and Romeoville, was “embedded” in the storm front, said Matt Friedlein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Romeoville office. Another happened near Morris.

     
  • State hearing focuses on cutting greenhouse gases Aug 18, 2014 6:27 PM
    Illinois regulators on Monday began formal hearings on how the state should meet tougher federal limits on pollutants blamed for global warming, saying they will consult with environmentalists and industry and will consider working other states on regional solutions.

     
  • Griller Gerrish fires up ideas for 25th anniversary Aug 19, 2014 9:15 AM
    Bryan Gerrish of Arlington Heights has a yard full of Weber grills. During the summer, you may see about a dozen or so. His favorite is the Performer with both gas and charcoal. “I always have a number of grills in the yard. It's grill envy,” said Gerrish, 59. He also happens to be CEO of Weber Grill Restaurants, owned by the family behind Palatine-based Weber-Stephen Products, maker of the Weber grill. When not in his Rolling Meadows office, Gerrish has been firing up his grill a lot this summer, trying out different recipes as he and his colleagues enjoy tweaking the menu in the restaurants.

     
  • Woman cited for climbing into zoo’s giraffe pen Aug 17, 2014 6:07 PM
    Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face. A police report says 24-year-old Amanda Hall, of San Luis Obispo, California, climbed over one fence and almost got over the second fence of the giraffe enclosure at the Henry Vilas Zoo about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

     
  • Illinois increases penalties for drug crimes Aug 16, 2014 4:30 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn signed three drug-related pieces of legislation Saturday. One bill makes it illegal for anyone under 18 to buy or possess products containing the herbal stimulant Kratom.

     
  • State law limiting medical marijuana locations Aug 16, 2014 4:24 PM
    As Illinois’ new medical marijuana program gets up and running, state restrictions on where the plants may be grown and sold mean large portions of some communities are off-limits.

     
  • Bloomington man makes Popsicle stick art Aug 15, 2014 9:32 AM
    He tried hunting, but that didn’t trip his trigger. He threw out a line to try catching fish, but that wasn’t it either. He likes to read, but that doesn’t involve much use of the hands and, now at almost 80, he is diabetic and blind in one eye. Yes, just being retired — and even better, happy — can be a trying time. “I’m still active. I’m still mobile,” says Kenneth Hock. “I just don’t want my life to become getting a good seat by the window each day so I can watch traffic drive past.”

     
  • 1 dead, 3 wounded in suburban Sauk Village shooting Aug 15, 2014 9:31 AM
    Officials of the Sauk Village Police Department say they have good leads in the shooting death of a local teenager and the wounding of three others. Sauk Village Police Chief Timothy Holevis says the Thursday shootings were preceded by an altercation between two groups of young adults.

     
  • Officials search for Wisconsin osprey, owl shooter Aug 15, 2014 9:20 AM
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are searching for whoever is shooting federally protected raptors in Wisconsin. A spokeswoman for the service’s Midwest region tells (Wisconsin Rapids) Daily Tribune Media at least one osprey and one barred owl were shot in Bayfield County in recent weeks. Both species are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

     
  • Trial date set for suspect in Joliet slayings Aug 15, 2014 5:21 PM
    A trial date has been set for another suspect in the 2013 strangulation deaths of two men in Joliet. Joshua Miner, 26 has been described in testimony by a co-defendant as a ringleader in the slayings.

     
  • Illinois ending contract with lottery vendor 3 years into 10-year contract Aug 15, 2014 4:40 PM
    Illinois will end its contract with the private vendor that operates the $2 billion-a-year state lottery over “serious concerns” with company performance, state officials announced Friday. Gov. Pat Quinn directed the Illinois Lottery to end its relationship with Northstar Lottery Group three years into a 10-year contract.

     
  • Police: Teen shot by cop was a suspect in recent robbery; officer named Aug 15, 2014 1:09 PM
    A suburban St. Louis police chief on Friday identified the officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager ignited days of heated protests, and released documents alleging the teen was killed after a robbery in which he was suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars. Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson released several police reports and documents during a news conference where he also identified the officer involved as Darren Wilson, who has been on administrative leave since the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

     
  • ‘Fort Knox’ security for Illinois marijuana trade Aug 15, 2014 5:17 PM
    Medical marijuana in Illinois will be encased in vaults, monitored by security guards and protected by fingerprint-recognition biometrics. It will be grown in enclosed, locked facilities. Silent alarms, 24-hour video surveillance and bulletproof glass will safeguard the retail centers where patients with special IDs will be escorted to their cars after buying pot.

     
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