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  • Consumer advocates watching Exelon-Integrys deal Jul 31, 2014 7:36 AM
    Energy watchdog groups are worried that Exelon’s Corp.’s plan to buy one of its business competitors will be bad for northern Illinois electricity customers.Exelon said Wednesday that it’s buying the retail business of Integrys for $60 million. Integrys Energy Services sells electricity and natural gas to about 1.2 million customers in 22 states and Washington DC.

     
  • Evanston approves partial ban on plastic bags Jul 31, 2014 8:00 AM
    Evanston is joining other U.S. cities that have proposed bans on plastic bags because of environmental concerns.The City Council on Monday approved an ordinance barring stores larger than 10,000 square feet from distributing plastic shopping bags at the point of sale. Plastic bags for wrapping produce and meat inside stores will be allowed. Shoppers can bring any type of bag to a store for their own use.

     
  • 18-year-old Deerfield man lost in Oregon wilderness Jul 31, 2014 8:29 AM
    BEND, Ore. — Authorities are searching for an 18-year-old Deerfield man who was reported missing from a wilderness program in a remote area of Lake County in central Oregon. State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings says Kevin Mulert was last seen Wednesday morning at about 4:30 a.m. He was reported missing from the therapeutic nature camp at about 8 a.m. The camp is about six miles south of Frederick Butte, which is about 60 miles southeast of Bend. Hastings declined to name the wilderness program at the request of program officials. He says Mulert was not wearing shoes, wasn’t dressed for the weather and was unfamiliar with the remote area. The Lake County sheriff’s office is coordinating a search for him.

     
  • Family continues on at farmers markets Jul 31, 2014 9:24 AM
    Mary Brubach’s Saturday mornings in the summer have been the same since as long as she can remember.Mary’s mother, Susie, ran Susie’s Garden Patch in Garden Prairie, and 31-year-old Mary said “for the past 27 or 28 years” they’ve been bringing fresh produce to the Belvidere Farmers Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday from early June to late October.

     
  • Moxie Jean leaves incubator, continues to grow by selling used kids clothes Jul 31, 2014 2:39 PM
    Arlington Heights-based Moxie Jean, an online resale shop, helps busy parents but or sell used children's clothing. Business has been so brisk that the company plans to double its staff by the end of the year.

     
  • Girl Scouts to get new campground in Litchfield Jul 31, 2014 9:09 AM
    The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois are getting a new camp ground.The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports real estate moguls Loretta and Joe Scott, Sr. are donating the Honey Bend Campground and Resort in Litchfield, which is located about 130 miles southwest of Champaign. Girl Scouts officials say they will officially become owners of the site Sept. 29 and plan to begin using the property as soon as this fall.

     
  • Agency could cut hours at Illinois historic sites Jul 31, 2014 5:46 PM
    Budget cuts will force the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency to consider cutting hours at some state historic sites after the Labor Day holiday weekend, agency director Amy Martin says.

     
  • Rauner says he’ll be ‘champion’ for farmers Jul 31, 2014 5:44 PM
    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said Thursday he would work to reduce taxes and regulatory burdens on farmers and would travel the globe on his own dime to promote Illinois products if elected.

     
  • Rockford legislator’s replacement named Jul 31, 2014 5:53 PM
    Winnebago County Democrats have named a replacement for state Rep. Chuck Jefferson, who resigned. Jefferson’s former chief of staff, Litesa Wallace, won the nod among 11 candidates.

     
  • Quinn signs epinephrine law for schools Jul 30, 2014 5:54 PM
    A new bill signed into Illinois law says trained personnel at schools statewide will be able to administer injectable epinephrine for those appearing to have strong allergic reactions.

     
  • Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug Jul 30, 2014 5:52 PM
    Facing ballooning costs for a $1,000 pill to treat hepatitis C, Illinois’ Medicaid program is putting tight restrictions in place, including requiring patients to meet 25 criteria and get prior approval before the government program will pay for the new drug.

     
  • Quinn gets more teacher union support Jul 30, 2014 7:48 PM
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn won the backing of another teachers union Wednesday over Republican opponent Bruce Rauner. The Illinois Federation of Teachers announced it would support Quinn even though the union was one of the harshest critics of Quinn’s effort to cut its members’ pension benefits.

     
  • Pipe bomb found in downtown Springfield Jul 30, 2014 10:10 AM
    Federal agencies are investigating after a pipe bomb was found outside a downtown Springfield restaurant.A Secretary of State Police bomb squad on Monday evening used a high-powered water cannon to safely disable the 7-inch-long pipe filled with explosives.

     
  • Decatur carousel gets touch-up from specialists Jul 30, 2014 8:58 AM
    A carousel at a central Illinois zoo is getting a touch-up from the same Ohio company that hand-carved the ride’s animal figures more than a decade ago.The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports the carousel at Scovill Zoo is being restored this week by Mansfield, Ohio-based The Carousel Works.

     
  • Peoria Library lands on National Register Jul 30, 2014 8:59 AM
    Peoria’s 104-year-old Lincoln Library has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.The (Peoria) Journal Star Reports library officials learned last week that the facility was awarded national registry status as a historic place worthy of preservation. The library joins about 20 other Peoria properties on the National Register.

     
  • Illinois businessman found guilty of murder seeks new trial Jul 30, 2014 8:59 AM
    A Cook County judge is expected to schedule a hearing on whether a suburban Chicago businessman convicted of killing his wife should get a new trial.The Southtown Star reports Allan Kustok is set to appear in court Friday. In March, a jury found the 63-year-old guilty of first-degree murder for the 2010 death of his wife, Anita “Jeanie” Kustok.

     
  • Police search for trucker after fatal I-70 wreck Jul 30, 2014 12:31 PM
    Illinois State Police are searching for a tractor-trailer driver who they say drove off after being involved in an accident that left another motorist dead.Police did not immediately identify the motorist killed in the wreck shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday on westbound Interstate 70 near Troy in Madison County.

     
  • Hometown police officer fired after shooting dog Jul 29, 2014 10:04 AM
    A Hometown police officer was fired after shooting to death a family dog.Nicole Echlina says her 6-year-old daughter saw the shooting of their dog, Apollo, by the Hometown police officer The owners of the 14-month-old, German shepherd mix called police for help after he ran off.

     
  • Illinois boy to meet Coast Guard rescuers Jul 29, 2014 10:04 AM
    A 9-year-old boy is scheduled to reunite with the members of the Coast Guard helicopter crew who rescued him earlier this month.Tommy Alter of Highland Park plans to meet with crew members Tuesday afternoon at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling. Coast Guard officials say Alter, his aunt and cousin had gone out on Lake Michigan in rented kayaks July 11 near Peninsula State Park in Door County, Wisconsin, but did not return as expected.

     
  • Quinn says state EPA will block PCBs from landfill Jul 29, 2014 10:04 AM
    Toxic PCBs will not be stored in a central Illinois landfill sitting atop an aquifer that provides water to 750,000 people, Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced Monday. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency agreed to bar PCBs from being dumped in the Clinton Landfill near Clinton after learning that local approval of the landfill in 2002 didn’t include PCBs. The agency initially signed off on a plan by landfill-owner Area Disposal in Peoria and a subsidiary to store the chemical.

     
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