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  • Moline entrepreneur makes home products Oct 1, 2014 9:09 AM
    Mary Paoli's interest in natural, nontoxic products was sparked in 2010 when she was living in Bozeman, Mont. She signed up for a community education class on making natural cleaning products, and from there, she did a lot of reading and researching, and started making home cleaners and skin-care products for herself.

     
  • Illinois universities competing for students Oct 1, 2014 5:21 PM
    As public university enrollment declines or remains flat, Illinois schools are competing to recruit students from across the country and around the world. Fewer students are graduating from the state’s high schools, and many of them decide to attend college in another state, according to university officials.

     
  • Professor who lost U of I offer plans speeches Oct 1, 2014 5:13 PM
    An academic who lost a University of Illinois job offer because of profane, anti-Israel Twitter messages plans a series of talks at Chicago-area universities.

     
  • Donations drying up for Lincoln library foundation Oct 1, 2014 5:14 PM
    The chairman of the foundation behind the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum says fundraising is drying up because of tensions between the library’s executive director and the director of the state agency that oversees it.

     
  • Judge says suspect in SIU threat case should be released Oct 1, 2014 5:10 PM
    A federal judge has ruled a Chicago man accused of mailing threats of rapes, bombings and beheadings to Southern Illinois University’s Carbondale campus should be released pending trial. But at a Wednesday detention hearing in Chicago, Magistrate Judge Susan Cox stayed Derrick Burns’ release while prosecutors appeal her decision.

     
  • Big Ten West teams step up against East teams Oct 1, 2014 6:20 AM
    One of the prevailing notions heading into the season was that the Big Ten East could end up being a lot better than the West. It didn’t look that way last weekend. Though it was clearly a small sample size, Saturday’s performances were encouraging for a newly-created division fighting for respect.

     
  • Michigan State, Nebraska have gaudy offensive numbers Oct 1, 2014 6:28 AM
    No. 10 Michigan State is off to a historic start on offense and faces another high-scoring team in No. 19 Nebraska to open Big Ten play on Saturday night. Michigan State (3-1) has scored 201 points through four games, best in school history. The Cornhuskers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) are averaging 45.4 points per game.

     
  • U of I to honor ag industry during football game Oct 1, 2014 8:13 AM
    The University of Illinois is set to pay tribute to the state’s agriculture industry during the upcoming Illinois-Purdue football game. In a news release Tuesday, university officials say agriculture is a vital industry in Illinois, and people who work in it will be recognized on Saturday.

     
  • Springfield man gets 12 years for hiding gun Sep 30, 2014 8:26 AM
    A Springfield man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after admitting he tried to hide a gun used in a fatal shooting. The State Journal-Register reports 23-year-old Richard Lawuary pleaded guilty in August to obstructing justice and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. A jury had been selected and two prosecution witnesses had testified at his trial.

     
  • Chicago libraries accept immigrant licenses as ID Sep 30, 2014 8:26 AM
    The Chicago Public Library has begun accepting special immigrant driver’s licenses as identification for obtaining a library card. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the policy Monday, saying it’s “part of being an immigrant-friendly city.” The mayor says more Chicagoans now will be able to take advantage of the resources available at the city’s 80 library locations, including citizenship workshops.

     
  • State WIC switching to skim, 1 percent milk Sep 30, 2014 8:26 AM
    An Illinois nutrition program is tweaking the diet of the low income residents it helps feed. In a news release, the Illinois Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children says that beginning Wednesday, many of those who receive food vouchers will be offered skim milk or one percent milk instead of whole milk in an effort to improve their health.

     
  • Illinois coyote heals after getting stuck in car Sep 30, 2014 8:26 AM
    A coyote is recuperating at a northeastern Illinois wildlife rehab center after being hit by a car and getting stuck in its grille. The (Waukegan) News-Sun reports the coyote has been treated for three fractures in his legs since the incident last week. A train conductor pulled into a Waukegan station with the animal wedged in the front of his car.

     
  • Quad City International Airport gets $500,ooo grant Sep 30, 2014 8:07 AM
    The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Quad City International Airport a $500,000 grant to grow new air service between Northwest Illinois and Washington, D.C. Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced the grant on Monday.

     
  • FBI says Chicago man threatened beheadings at SIU Sep 30, 2014 5:37 PM
    A Chicago man charged with mailing threats of rapes, killings, bombings and beheadings at an Illinois university he attended surfaced as a suspect by anonymously calling the FBI and campus police with tips about the letters, an FBI agent alleges in court documents.

     
  • State-owned planes to be sold in online auction Sep 30, 2014 5:39 PM
    The Illinois Department of Central Management Services plans to relist six state-owned airplanes for sale on an online auction site after a previous attempt to lure buyers brought bids for only two planes, state officials said.

     
  • Investigation prompts Dixon prison warden to retire Sep 30, 2014 5:40 PM
    The warden of Dixon Correctional Center has retired in the wake of an Illinois Department of Corrections investigation of her for protocol violations, officials said.

     
  • Illinois measure would give victims more rights Sep 30, 2014 5:45 PM
    Illinois voters going to the polls in November will be asked whether victims should have greater rights protected by the state constitution during criminal trials.

     
  • Panel plans to resume anti-violence program probe Sep 30, 2014 5:47 PM
    A bipartisan panel of lawmakers plans to resume its probe next week of a troubled anti-violence program overseen by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration. Republican state Sen. Jason Barickman says he and panel co-chair, Democratic state Rep. Frank Mautino, have informed subpoenaed witnesses of their duty to appear at hearings on Oct. 8 and 9 in Chicago.

     
  • Road salt supply low, demand high as winter looms Sep 30, 2014 12:35 PM
    The reward for surviving last winter's frigid temperatures and record snowfall, several states are learning, is drastic price increases for road salt — and that's if they can even get it. Replenishing stockpiles is proving challenging, especially for some Midwestern states, after salt supplies were depleted to tame icy roads last winter. And price increases of at least 20 percent have been common in places including Boston and Raleigh, North Carolina.

     
  • Quinn leans on top Democratic support Sep 30, 2014 10:31 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn plans to lean on some heavy-hitting Democrats with strong ties to the state as his re-election campaign against Republican Bruce Rauner enters its crucial last month.

     
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