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    2 West Nile deaths in Illinois so far this year

    CHICAGO — Health officials say two people in Illinois have died from  West Nile virus in 2015. One victim was a man in his 90’s from the southern suburbs in Cook County. The Kendall County Health Department says a person in their 70`s who became ill at the end of July has also died. Last year there were 44 West Nile cases in Illinois, and four deaths. The West Nile virus can spread to humans through the bite of an […]

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    ‘Rally in the Southland’ demands action from Springfield

    OAK FOREST, Ill. — Community leaders and others held a rally today in southwest suburban Oak Forest to express their concern about state budget problems and the impact on Illinois’ neediest citizens. The state budget stalemate has lasted nearly two months.  For non-profit agencies, that means two months without any new state aid.  Some say the state’s social service safety net is beginning to unravel. About 150 people, social service providers and recipients, gathered at the Oak Forest village hall […]

  • 22 arrested in senior citizen protest on Mag Mile

    CHICAGO — 22 protesters were arrested today when senior citizens concerned about state funding for the elderly blocked North Michigan Avenue. The seniors stopped traffic to draw attention to the state fiscal crisis. They say Governor Bruce Rauner’s plan to cut their home care is both heartless and short-sighted. The Community Care Program helps seniors live independently and was established to help reduce nursing home costs to taxpayers. The state estimates that 36,000 seniors could lose home care services under […]

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    Rauner signs federal pass-through funds bill

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that will allow the state to spend more than $5 billion in federal money. The federal pass-through legislation was needed to keep some programs operating in the absence of a state budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. Rauner’s office says it allows the state to provide some services to Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens. SB 2042 was approved by the Illinois Senate Wednesday on a vote of 42-0. It […]

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    State police launch ‘Operation Ryan’s Hope’ to curb expressway shootings

    CHICAGO —  Illinois State Police are stepping up efforts to curb the rise in expressway shootings throughout the Chicago area. The number of incidents has quadrupled in the last five years.  Just two days after another shooting, this time along the Kennedy Expressway, state police have unveiled a plan to curb the gunfire on area roadways. There will be increased patrols, which may or may not be noticed by the public. “We will also utilize covert and undercover vehicles to […]

  • ‘100K Opportunities’ job fair under way at McCormick Place

    CHICAGO — McCormick Place was buzzing with activity today as thousands of young people attended a day-long job fair. The first of its kind Opportunity Fair and Forum was launched by the “100,000 Opportunities Initiative”. Several thousand people between the ages of 18 and 24 are hoping to make the connection that will lead to a job.  And organizers expect there will be hundreds who will walk away from this event with jobs. The event is part job fair, part […]

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    State budget impasse threatens WIC program

    OAK LAWN, Ill. — The budget impasse in Springfield threatens to halt a program that provides nutritional services for needy women, infants and children in Illinois. The community action agency that operates the state’s largest WIC program is already feeling the impact. CEDA (the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc.) WIC was able to cover its expenses for the first month of the state budget crisis, but now the program is facing a crisis itself. The agency […]

  • Mel Reynolds pleads not guilty to tax evasion

    CHICAGO — Former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds pleaded not guilty today to tax evasion charges. Reynolds pled not guilty to four federal counts.  He is accused of  failing to file his federal taxes for four years, between 2009 to 2012. Reynolds says South Side real estate developer Elzie Higginbotham wrote him checks and paid for his travel to Africa to establish business opportunities there. Reynolds say Higginbotham also gave him money to pay for his kids’ education, but calls the […]

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    Texas D.A. wants more testing on body of Sandra Bland

    HEMPSTEAD, Texas — The attorney representing Sandra Bland’s family says the Texas District Attorney on the case wants a second autopsy. But a representative of that office tells WGN it is not requesting a second autopsy, but rather additional testing to confirm whether Sandra Bland may have swallowed large amounts of marijuana before her death. “We don’t know what we can have faith in,” said attorney Cannon Lambert, expressing concern now that he says he has been put on legal […]

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    School Board votes to borrow more money; CTU protests outside

    CHICAGO — The Chicago School Board voted unanimously today to borrow more money through the issuance of bonds to keep system afloat. The Chicago Teachers Union picketed outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters before today’s board meeting. CPS is struggling to make pension payments, while being saddled with billions of dollars in debt. CPS announced a thousand layoffs and $200 million in cuts earlier this month. Interim CEO Jesse Ruiz says CPS simply has no choice but to get more money through […]


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