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  • Illinois Tollway lowers cost of I-PASS temporarily Aug 29, 2014 9:06 AM
    The upfront cost of an I-PASS account for the Illinois Tollway system is getting cheaper. Tollway officials announced Thursday a new I-PASS account will temporarily cost $30. That includes a $10 deposit and $20 in prepaid tolls.

     
  • Illinois woman charged in infant daughter’s death Aug 29, 2014 9:06 AM
    Associated Press NAUVOO — Police say a western Illinois woman has been charged in connection to the death of her 19-month-old daughter. The Quincy Herald-Whig reports 33-year-old Jody Price was charged Thursday in Hancock County court with endangering the life or health of a child. Nauvoo Assistant Police Chief Mike Boley says the investigation is ongoing into the death of Price’s daughter in July. He says the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy but hasn’t determined the cause of death. He says morphine was found in the girl’s body and morphine pills were found near her bed and play area. Tests are ongoing. Price is being held in the Hancock County Jail on $50,000 bond. It wasn’t immediately clear if she has an attorney. Illinois social services officials are also investigating.

     
  • U of I among colleges screening some students for Ebola Aug 29, 2014 8:39 AM
    The roughly 30 Nigerian students expected at the University of Illinois will be pulled aside for a temperature check and private Ebola discussion when they arrive at the health center for mandatory immunization paperwork and tuberculosis screening, said Dr. Robert Palinkas, the center’s director. “Parents are comforted to know that there is a screening process, that we are alert for it, that we are prepared for it,” Palinkas said.

     
  • Music therapist helps stroke victim Aug 29, 2014 9:39 AM
    Of all the careers Katie Fitch could have chosen, the 24-year-old Peorian was drawn to music therapy. Fitch used her voice, her guitar, some space and some serious education to start introducing music therapy to the Peoria area. Using an empty office in her mother’s church — First Christian Church of Peoria — as a base of operations, Fitch has given musical therapy sessions to about 30 Peoria area people.

     
  • Riopell: Candidates working Labor Day angles Aug 29, 2014 5:20 AM
    Labor Day's the traditional kickoff to Illinois' election season, but this year our candidates for governor have been kicking each other for months already. The holiday, though, is a reminder of the key role unions could have in the race, Mike Riopell writes.

     
  • Illinois halts roadwork to speed Labor Day traffic Aug 29, 2014 10:08 AM
    The Illinois Department of Transportation says it will suspend non-emergency roadwork over the Labor Day weekend to help reduce congestion and speed traffic. Thousands of motorists are expected to hit the roads in Illinois during the three-day holiday.

     
  • Illinois hospital opens $1 million garden Illinois hospital opens $1 million garden Aug 28, 2014 8:59 AM
    Children’s Hospital of Illinois is opening a $1 million rooftop garden for families of patients in pediatric critical care. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports the ribbon cutting is Thursday for the garden. It’s expected to officially open next week after years of planning. The Peoria hospital is based at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

     
  • Illinois women charged with cooking meth in church Aug 28, 2014 8:59 AM
    Southern Illinois authorities have charged two women with cooking methamphetamine in a rural Hillsboro church.The State Journal-Register reports 53-year-old Judith Hemken of Litchfield and 26-year-old Tiffany Burton of Hillsboro were charged with participating in manufacturing meth in a church Wednesday. They could each face nine to 40 years in prison if convicted.

     
  • Coroner: Illinois woman hit in police chase dies Aug 28, 2014 8:59 AM
    Winnebago County authorities say a woman has died after being struck by a vehicle fleeing from police last week. A Winnebago County coroner says 42-year-old Karen Williams of Rockford died Wednesday after being hospitalized in critical condition for a week. The coroner’s office plans to conduct an autopsy.

     
  • Decatur bench presser tops 500 pounds Aug 28, 2014 9:01 AM
    When Sylvester Stallone’s character is asked to explain his battle philosophy in “Rambo: First Blood Part II,” he replies: “To survive a war, you gotta become war.” Chris Rice brings a similar take-no-prisoners approach to the sport of bench press weightlifting. That means spending about seven hours a week in Decatur’s Club Fitness gym and waging total war on hefting weights almost twice as heavy as he is.

     
  • LiftMaster now offers gate operator via your smartphone Aug 28, 2014 5:13 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features Elmhurst-based LiftMaster and its new technology for a wireless device that can open and close the gate on your property. It works with your smartphone or tablet.

     
  • U of I plans to boost cell reception at stadium Aug 28, 2014 5:03 PM
    The University of Illinois hopes to boost cell reception at Memorial Stadium and add high-speed capacity this season, followed by a more permanent digital antenna system next year in Champaign.

     
  • Oil industry donating to Rauner’s campaign Aug 28, 2014 5:08 PM
    Oil producers, drilling companies and geologists frustrated with the slow process of implementing rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling are putting their money behind Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner.

     
  • Special on governor's race: Quinn, Rauner plans in their own words Aug 28, 2014 2:02 PM
    Special to the Daily Herald: Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner offer their visions for Illinois' economic future. See their columns outlining their economic proposals for the next four years.

     
  • Governor hopefuls rip each other on hiring, taxes Aug 28, 2014 7:36 PM
    The candidates for Illinois governor sharpened their attacks on each other Thursday, with Gov. Pat Quinn saying Bruce Rauner’s plan to tax some services will help wealthy people like Rauner but hurt hardworking families, and the Republican businessman calling Quinn’s efforts to address improper political hiring “a charade.”

     
  • Injunction granted on retiree premium hike Aug 28, 2014 7:37 PM
    A Sangamon County judge issued a preliminary injunction barring Illinois from collecting higher health care insurance premiums from retired state employees.

     
  • Illinois health centers receive $1.7 million for projects Aug 27, 2014 9:01 AM
    Seven health centers in the Chicago area are receiving a total of $1.7 million in funding for construction and renovation projects. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois announced the funding Tuesday.

     
  • Man pleads guilty in death of Illinois officer Aug 27, 2014 9:01 AM
    A South Carolina man has pleaded guilty in a vehicle crash that killed an on-duty Pontiac officer and his police dog last year.The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports Jason Collins of West Columbia, South Carolina, entered the plea Tuesday to charges of reckless homicide and aggravated drunken driving in the October 2013 crash near Pontiac.

     
  • Illinois woman gets 75 years for father’s murder Aug 27, 2014 9:01 AM
    A southern Illinois woman has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for soliciting and aiding in the 2011 murder of her father. Williamson County Judge John Speroni sentenced 55-year-old Cindy Stearns on Tuesday.

     
  • Golf has ageless wonder in Rockford Aug 27, 2014 9:06 AM
    Lowell Parrish peaked at age 68, when he shot his age for the first time and was a scratch golfer. “I’m a slow learner,” he joked. Or maybe he peaked at age 80, when he played a personal-best 230 times with his Rockford Park District golf pass. Parrish, 82, has won the Rockford Senior Classic, for golfers 60 and older, four times, but has never won a non-senior tourney. Still, among fellow golfers he is one of the most famous in town.

     
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