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  • Lifelong interest becomes Illinois bee business Jul 25, 2014 7:28 AM
    Doug Leedle’s fascination for bees began at an early age growing up near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. His father was an avid beekeeper. Doug studied bees for a 4-H project and kept his interest through the years. He had various jobs related to the agricultural field before landing in Southern Illinois to work in a grain processing operation in Benton.

     
  • Cook County to get $4.7 million for construction Jul 25, 2014 7:35 AM
    Cook County is getting more than $4.7 million from the state for construction projects, including new roofs for buildings at area colleges.In a news release, Gov. Pat Quinn’s office says the projects — funded by the governor’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program — include physical education and library buildings at Northeastern Illinois University.

     
  • Illinois man freed after 2 decades in prison Jul 24, 2014 9:01 AM
    A suburban Chicago man who insisted during two decades in prison that police framed him for a slaying he did not commit walked out of jail Wednesday morning, hours after a jury in his retrial found him not guilty. Rodell Sanders, 49, said after Tuesday’s verdict that although he will continue to pursue a lawsuit against the Chicago Heights Police Department, detectives and others, he would first focus on trying to become acclimated to freedom.

     
  • Last chance for Illinois State Fair discount pass Jul 24, 2014 9:00 AM
    Time is running out to snag the best discount for carnival rides at the Illinois State Fair. In an announcement made Wednesday, fair officials said the price of the carnival Mega Pass will increase from $65 to $75 on Monday. The Mega Pass is good for unlimited rides at the Carnival Midway and Adventure Village for all 11 days of the fair.

     
  • Online system to offer pheasant hunting permits Jul 24, 2014 9:00 AM
    Illinois officials say permits for controlled pheasant hunting in Illinois will soon be available. In a Wednesday news release, state officials say 16 of 20 pheasant hunting sites are operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The others are operated in a private-public partnership.

     
  • Illinois farmers benefit from manure share program Jul 24, 2014 12:08 PM
    Illinois gardeners and livestock owners have formed mutually beneficial relationships through a free online manure exchange program.The Illinois Manure Share introduces farmers who have an abundance of livestock manure to those who need it, The (Decatur) Herald and Review reported.

     
  • Insurers owe more than $8M in refunds in Illinois Jul 24, 2014 9:01 AM
    The federal government says more than 108,000 Illinois health insurance customers will benefit from more than $8 million in refunds because of a provision of the nation’s health care law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the figures Thursday.

     
  • Facebook page helps musicians find stolen gear Jul 24, 2014 9:02 AM
    A Chicago woman has created a Facebook page to help musicians find their stolen gear.Tracy Kreuser tells the Chicago Sun-Times she hopes the page she created last month will generate tips and help musicians get their lost equipment back. She envisions the site as a central hub for people to post photos of missing instruments and facts about the thefts. The site already has photos of a half-dozen stolen guitars.

     
  • Coalition ways state must move faster on fracking Jul 24, 2014 1:53 PM
    A coalition of business and labor groups wants the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to move faster in implementing hydraulic fracturing rules.The group calls itself “Growing Resources and Opportunity for the Workforce in Illinois.” The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports the coalition held a news conference Thursday to call on Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration, saying Illinois is missing out on jobs and economic opportunities.

     
  • Rauner’s campaign ad uses made-up headlines Jul 24, 2014 4:01 PM
    A campaign ad from the Republican candidate for Illinois governor is being called into question for tailoring — and even making up — headlines from news stories to make them appear more negative about his opponent.

     
  • FinalRoadMap.com offers more than final bucket list Jul 24, 2014 5:05 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features Darien-based FinalRoadMap.com, which offers consumers a digital vault filled with documents that can indicate what they want as final wishes. It goes beyond what typical wills or other legal documents provide by offering your final wishes for even the most smallest thing.

     
  • Illinois receives 305 migrant children Jul 24, 2014 5:03 PM
    New federal data show Illinois received 305 unaccompanied children caught at the U.S. border this year. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families released a state-by-state list on Thursday showing the total released to sponsors from Jan. 1 to July 7.

     
  • Asian carp cooking demonstrations part of tourney Jul 24, 2014 9:01 AM
    Several well-known chefs will be traveling to central Illinois to offer demonstrations on how to cook Asian carp. The invasive fish has infested the Illinois and Mississippi rivers in recent years. The chefs, including Philippe Parola, will serve up a number of recipes involving Asian carp at the Redneck Fishing Tournament in Bath on August 1 and 2. Parola will be joined by Clint Carter from Carter’s Fish Market in Springfield and other restaurateurs. Tournament officials say economic development officials plan to promote the idea there’s a sustainable market for the carp in Illinois. The idea comes as a processing plant is expected to open soon in Grafton near St. Louis. Peoria-area officials are also exploring the feasibility of an Asian carp processing center.

     
  • Caterpillar 2Q profit rises, revenue declines Jul 24, 2014 8:17 AM
    Caterpillar’s second-quarter net income rose 4.1 percent even as revenue slipped. The construction equipment company’s adjusted profit topped Wall Street’s view, but revenue fell short. It also boosted its full-year earnings forecast. Caterpillar earned $999 million, or $1.57 per share, in the quarter. A year earlier it earned $960 million, or $1.45 per share.

     
  • Jobless rates fall in all Illinois metro areas Jul 24, 2014 1:57 PM
    The state Department of Employment Security says unemployment rates dropped in June in all 12 Illinois metro areas. It was the third straight month of across-the-board decreases. Department Director Jay Rowell said Thursday in the agency’s monthly report on metro unemployment that the trend of encouraging employment data shows real economic improvement.

     
  • U of I gives basketball coach a raise Jul 24, 2014 4:51 PM
    University of Illinois trustees have boosted the size of the budget for the State Farm Center renovation and given basketball coach John Groce a raise and contract extension. Groce’s annual pay was increased by $100,000 a year to $1.7 million. The coach’s contract was extended by a year through 2018-19.

     
  • Durbin to Putin: Take responsibility for crash Jul 23, 2014 8:25 AM
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to accept responsibility for downing a Malaysian Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine. Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, the Illinois Democrat also said Putin should do what he can to ensure unfettered access to the crash site.

     
  • Rockford man charged in second killing Jul 23, 2014 8:25 AM
    A man accused of killing a high school friend was charged Tuesday in a second northern Illinois killing. Prosecutors in Illinois’ Lee County filed 12 murder counts against 36-year-old Terrence Doddy of Rockford in the July 1 death of 44-year-old Tonya Bargman. Other charges include robbery, concealment of a homicidal death and possession of a stolen motor vehicle and credit card.

     
  • 2 Illinois gang members plead guilty to conspiracy Jul 23, 2014 8:25 AM
    Two Illinois gang members have pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute drugs. The (Peoria) Journal-Star reports 26-year-old Aeiral Yarbrough and 24-year-old Deona White pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday. They face up to 20 years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

     
  • Illinois college breaks ground on mining facility Jul 23, 2014 8:25 AM
    A Saline County community college has broken ground on a simulated mine facility that will be used for education and competitions. Southeastern Illinois College received $220,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development to build the 12,000-square-foot facility. More than 1,000 miners go through the college’s training programs each year. Rescue teams will use the center to practice responding to emergency situations.

     
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