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  • Holocaust survivor speaks to students Nov 25, 2014 9:14 AM
    Bloomington Junior High School’s knights welcomed a different kind of hero on Oct. 30. Sixth-graders who filled the cafeteria participated in an hour-long presentation by Marion Blumenthal Lazan, a German-born Jew who was imprisoned by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Lazan, who was just 4 years old when World War II began, recounted her “6½ years of torment.

  • Diversity leader Brooks: Ferguson another reason to diversify police Nov 25, 2014 5:57 AM
    The Rev. Clyde H. Brooks, chairman of the Illinois Commission on Diversity & Human Relations, reacted to the decision on the Ferguson shooting by saying perception in this case is more powerful than facts given “the historical problem that young men of color face in this country.” "It seems like we never learn. It seems like this happens almost constantly. The newspapers and the TV cameras cover the problem, but nothing happens.”

  • Illinois suspends Ebola hotline as interest fades Nov 25, 2014 1:16 PM
    Illinois health officials have suspended a telephone hotline about the Ebola virus because the number of calls to it has fallen sharply.

  • Credit houses take no major action after pension ruling Nov 25, 2014 4:02 PM
    Two major credit houses aren’t overly worried about an Illinois judge tossing out a pension overhaul designed to close a $100 billion deficit, but neither is thrilled with the state’s financial condition.

  • Rochester’s Bertrand named top Illinois schools chief Nov 24, 2014 8:55 AM
    The top school administrator of a central Illinois district has been named the state’s superintendent of the year. Thomas Bertrand of Rochester Community Unit District 3A in Sangamon County received the award Sunday from the Illinois Association of School Administrators during a Chicago conference.

  • Woman accused of attacking McDonald’s manager Nov 24, 2014 8:55 AM
    A woman is accused of attacking a manager at a McDonald’s restaurant in southern Illinois’ Murphysboro. WSIL-TV reports that 30-year-old Jami Boyer of Murphysboro is charged with battery in connection with the reported confrontation about 10 p.m. Friday.

  • Woman accused of attack using nail-studded board Nov 24, 2014 8:55 AM
    A central Illinois woman is accused of hitting a woman on the head with a nail-bearing board during a dispute. The Decatur Herald & Review reports 36-year-old Mary Kilcrease of Decatur in Macon County was arrested before dawn Thursday on a charge of aggravated battery.

  • Cold complicates Illinois duck hunting Nov 24, 2014 4:41 PM
    A mid-November cold snap has brought an early end to the duck hunting season for many participants in north central Illinois.

  • At 85, UPO chemist honored by President Obama Nov 24, 2014 6:05 AM
    Kukec's People features Edith M. Flanigen, 85, a consultant and retired award-winning chemist with UOP LLC in Des Plaines. She received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Award from President Barack Obama and was one of eight recipients. She has invented more than 200 different synthetic materials, wrote for for numerous publications and earned 109 patents.

  • Waukegan looking for Ray Bradbury statue ideas Nov 24, 2014 12:30 PM
    Ray Bradbury fans in Waukegan are looking for unique ideas to create a sculpture to honor the famed author. Bradbury was born in the Chicago suburb in 1920 and lived there until he turned 13. He died in 2012 at age 91.

  • Universities asked to explore budget cuts Nov 24, 2014 4:45 PM
    The head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education has issued a budget warning to the presidents of the state’s public universities after meeting with Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s budget transition team. Executive Director James Applegate sent an email to the presidents, obtained by the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers, saying the schools should be prepared for possible funding cuts of up to 30 percent over the next 18 months. He described it as “bad budget news.” “They have asked us to prepare a budget recommendation for (fiscal year 2016) involving a 20 percent reduction. We may also be asked to create spending reserves of 5 percent or 10 percent out of our existing budget for the remainder of (fiscal year 2015),” Applegate wrote. Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf told The Associated Press on Monday that the Republican’s transition team was not ordering budget cuts but seeking information on how a rollback of the state’s temporary income tax would affect state agencies. Schrimpf said the team met with officials from many agencies — not just the universities — as part of Rauner’s own budget preparing process. He said the agencies were asked to “be prepared to talk about” budgets without the extra spending “as a starting point.” “This was purely a fact-gathering process,” Schrimpf said. “This was not some kind of edict. ... They were not told that this would be their budget.” During the gubernatorial campaign, Rauner opposed a proposal by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn to lock in a temporary 2011 income tax increase, which is scheduled to drop back from 5 percent to 3.75 percent on Jan. 1. Rauner is scheduled to deliver his own budget plans in February. In his email, Applegate noted that “it is a long way until February and we are hopeful that the ultimate results will be less dire.” University administrators said the request to prepare for bad news wasn’t a surprise. “We knew something like this was coming,” Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn said. “We’ve spent some time trying to get our ducks in a row.” Dunn said 20 percent in cuts would total $40.2 million across SIU’s campuses. Illinois State University spokesman Jay Groves said possible cuts could affect scholarships for low-income students, deferred maintenance and the university’s ability to attract students. Eastern Illinois University President William Perry said he wants more information before saying what the reductions could mean. “It is still early in the budget process, which involves many constituencies. I do not wish to comment on budget impacts until we are further along in the process, and when tax issues are resolved,” Perry said. Schrimpf said Rauner “is taking seriously his duty to responsibly manage the broken budget he will inherit and is also beginning preparations for next fiscal year.”

  • Judge denies bid to halt Illinois fracking rules Nov 24, 2014 8:25 AM
    A southwestern Illinois judge has denied a bid by a landowners group to suspend the state’s new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling, ruling that the plaintiffs failed to show they would suffer immediate harm if the practice commonly known as “fracking” was to go forward.

  • Illinos horse riding program provides therapy Nov 25, 2014 9:42 AM
    Horsing around is very important to Ainslee Hayner, 13, of Oswego - but that's over during the winter. Starting in spring and through fall, Ainslee - who has severe developmental delays caused by a seizure disorder - receives therapy on horseback from the Ready Set Ride therapeutic recreational facility at 13056 Essington Road in Plainfield, said Ainslee's mother, Trisha Hayner-Cook.When the program stops during the winter, Ainslee's' limbs become stiff and her posture slackens, Hayner-Cook said. It's the program's thoroughness - which includes interacting with the horses - that makes the difference.

  • 8.3 million vehicles on Illinois Tollway this Thanksgiving Nov 25, 2014 9:41 AM
    Officials with the Illinois Tollway say they're expecting 8.3 million vehicles to travel on its 286 miles of roadways this Thanksgiving holiday.Illinois Tollway officials said Monday that they will suspend construction lane closures to make way for the traffic. That will start at 12 p.m. on Wednesday.

  • Abner Mikva among Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients Nov 25, 2014 9:46 AM
    President Barack Obama on Monday bestowed America's highest civilian honor on trailblazers in the arts, sports and politics — including former suburban 10th District Rep. Abner Mikva — along with a couple of entertainers who are among his personal favorites.

  • Chicago immigration rally calls on lawmakers to act Nov 24, 2014 9:08 AM
    Pro-reform activists said they would continue trying to persuade skeptical Republicans to pass legislation to help even more immigrants, despite GOP threats to use every legislative and legal means possible to block Obama.“We will continue to make the case with Republicans that if they want to see the White House in 2016, they need to get this off the table,” said Lawrence Benito, chief executive officer of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

  • Joliet shelter helps homeless get back on feet Nov 22, 2014 8:48 AM
    For many homeless and impoverished people in the Joliet area, Daybreak is their only way to get a meal, a place to stay or medical treatment. A place to eat. But they don't just give away food. "(Daybreak) gets you on your feet, and it gets you going back to life,” said one client.

  • 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.

  • Illinois victims of LA phone scam Nov 22, 2014 8:54 AM
    A months-old phone scam that originated in Los Angeles is now targeting people across the country, including here in Illinois.

  • 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.

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