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  • Colts owner helps out Massachusetts Kerouac nonprofit Dec 22, 2014 9:23 AM
    LOWELL, Mass. — The owner of the Indianapolis Colts has ponied up $10,000 for a Massachusetts organization that keeps Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac’s legacy alive. James Irsay’s donation is the largest single pledge in the history of the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Committee. Treasurer Steve Edington says the organization reached out to Irsay knowing he is huge Kerouac fan. Irsay paid $2.4 million for Kerouac’s original “On the Road” scroll in 2001, and in 2007 allowed it to be displayed in Lowell, Kerouac’s home town. Edington tells The Sun newspaper that the organization was “delighted” with the donation that will help keep it viable. The Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Committee is a nonprofit founded in 1985 that holds a program around Kerouac’s March 12 birth date, and a large scale festival every October.

     
  • Shakeup nears from Indianapolis TV viewers Dec 22, 2014 9:23 AM
    The upcoming switch of CBS programming to a different Indianapolis television station will also see the fight for viewers start among a new slew of newscasts. CBS Corp. announced in August that it was ending its nearly six-decade affiliation with WISH-TV with a switch to WTTV effective Jan. 1. WTTV will become the fifth Indianapolis station with daily news programs, while WISH is preparing to add four hours of newscasts a day to help fill the loss of network programming. Indianapolis-based Z Marketing Partners media director Rick Doyle tells the Indianapolis Business Journal that the changes will cause much confusion among advertising buyers and viewers for months. WISH General Manager Les Vann tells The Indianapolis Star that the station isn’t starting from scratch as it looks to keep viewers.

     
  • Initiative to give small grants for project ideas Dec 22, 2014 9:22 AM
    A community center is looking to spur improvement projects in an eastern Indiana city with monthly $500 grants. Wayne Township Trustee Susan Isaacs says the money raised from donations by the Grassroots Action Resource Center in Richmond will be aimed at what she hopes will be creative ideas from organizations, groups of friends or individuals. Isaacs tells the Palladium-Item they won’t put boundaries on projects that will be considered but want to boost the small things that make a community loveable. Inspiration for the $500 Project Initiative came from a visit to Richmond this fall by “For the Love of Cities” author Peter Kageyama who described the potential impact such small projects.

     
  • Man dies inside SW Indiana grain bin Dec 22, 2014 9:22 AM
    A coroner says a southwestern Indiana man had a safety rope on him when he was killed while working in a grain bin. The Gibson County coroner says R.V. “Rocky” Schmidt was working in the bin on his farm near Lynnville when he was suffocated on Friday by the grain. Coroner Barrett Doyle tells the Princeton Daily Clarion that Schmidt was likely shoveling grain when apparently it gave way. Princeton Fire Chief Mike Pflug says firefighters cut holes on the sides of the bin and used a tractor with a vacuum system to suck the grain out at the farm about 20 miles northeast of Evansville. Crews were on the scene for three and a half hours.

     
  • Ex-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting Dec 22, 2014 11:01 AM
    A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in April won’t face criminal charges, the county’s top prosecutor said Monday.

     
  • Purdue gets $1.6M to create virtual patients Dec 22, 2014 5:35 AM
    Purdue University has received a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help medical, nursing and pharmacy students learn how to counsel people to quit smoking using “virtual patients” and educational assessments. Purdue pharmacy Professor Karen Hudmon is leading the project that will develop teaching and learning tools. Hudmon says tobacco use is the primary known preventable cause of disease and death in the United States and results in enormous health care costs. She says it is well established that the most effective method to quit is a combination of counseling from a health care provider and the use of medication to alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal. But she says most health professional schools are not adequately preparing students for that role.

     
  • Leva finds sweet spot by expanding Long Grove Confectionery Dec 22, 2014 5:28 AM
    Kukec's People features Craig Leva, owner of Long Grove Confectionery and Arway Confections, who talks about how some sweet deals came about to expand the legendary brands.

     
  • Following IT breaches, Jewel scanning driver’s licenses irk customers Dec 22, 2014 2:47 PM
    Itasca-based Jewel-Osco started a policy in late October that allows cashiers to scan your driver's license when purchasing liquor or tobacco products. The grocer follows other retailers, including Target, who do similar scans. While consumers may be upset, considering these stores have had previous data breaches, the companies say it's done to verify birthdates and authetic driver's licenses.

     
  • Congresswoman speaks at Bradley graduation Dec 21, 2014 11:12 AM
    U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly told graduates at Bradley University that changing the world requires dedication and patience.

     
  • 1 dead, many injured in shooting at suburban party Dec 21, 2014 11:58 AM
    A 19-year-old man has died and several were injured in a shooting at a house party in South suburban Calumet City.

     
  • Mixed reviews for raising juror pay, reducing juries Dec 21, 2014 11:17 AM
    A newly signed law that’ll more than double what Illinois jurors are paid while reducing the size of civil case juries is earning mixed reviews from criminal justice experts. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure Friday that backers say could lead to more diverse juries and offset anticipated costs by cutting back jurors in all civil cases from 12 to 6.

     
  • ComEd offering seniors electric bill help Dec 21, 2014 2:21 PM
    ComEd has dedicated more than $300,000 through a special “Senior Giving” hardship fund that will be used to help senior citizens who have fallen behind on their electric bill.

     
  • Incoming leader sees U of I as economic asset Dec 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    Incoming University of Illinois President Timothy L. Killeen says he wants to build the school into a stronger economic asset to the state. Killeen takes over in July, when President Robert Easter retires.

     
  • Flu worries prompt more Indiana hospitals limits Dec 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    More Indiana hospitals are being advised to put temporary visitor restrictions in place to try to protect patients and staff from the flu virus.

     
  • US criminal probes nab 13; race questions raised Dec 20, 2014 7:03 PM
    In the past three years, U.S. Attorney James Lewis’s office has dug up enough evidence of stolen taxpayer money to justify prison time for more than a dozen people — including a Chicago couple after their 17-count conviction this week for stealing $3.4 million in state grant funds to sustain a sumptuous lifestyle.

     
  • Illinois Tollway expects spike in holiday traffic Dec 20, 2014 7:02 PM
    Illinois Tollway officials say they expect nearly 17.6 million vehicles to use the northern Illinois interstate system during the next two weeks. That’s a slight increase compared to last year’s winter holiday season. The Tollway announced the estimate Friday and invited holiday travelers to stop for a cup of coffee on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at Tollway oases. McDonald’s and 7-Eleven are offering free coffee at most Tollway oases overnight from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

     
  • llinois St rallies to beat New Hampshire 21-18 and advance Dec 20, 2014 5:18 PM
    Illinois State scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as the fifth-seeded Redbirds rallied for a 21-18 win over top-seeded New Hampshire in the FCS semifinals on Saturday. Tre Roberson scored on a 47-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to give Illinois State (13-1) the lead and Jon-Marc Anderson ran in the two-point conversion.

     
  • On the road: Don’t miss NYE Cheese Drop in Wis. Dec 20, 2014 6:30 AM
    Only in Wisconsin would the citizenry revel in a New Year’s Eve Cheese Drop. Join the folks in the Plymouth Arts Center, which will be open for a casual evening of live musical entertainment, food, socializing and the nationally acclaimed Big Cheese Drop at midnight. Closer to home, the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center presents its first New Year’s Eve Family Bash.

     
  • Two dozen injured in megabus crash in Indiana Dec 20, 2014 6:20 PM
    A double-decker bus headed from Chicago to Atlanta slid off a highway in southern Indiana and rolled onto its side early Saturday, injuring 24 people, authorities said. The bus, operated by Megabus and carrying 68 passengers, veered off the road at around 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 65 in Seymour, State Police Trooper Clifton Elston said.

     
  • 300-year-old oak tree at UW-Madison to be felled Dec 19, 2014 9:31 AM
    The oldest tree on the University of Wisconsin’s Madison campus is coming down. The 300-year-old bur oak is known as “The President’s Tree” because it stands on Observatory Hill next to the former home of university presidents, which is now the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

     
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