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Decatur's Altenbaumer to receive the Serve Illinois Commission Award

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:27:54 GMT

April 25 - In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service will present Decatur's Larry Altenbaumer, along with 24 other Illinoisans and four businesses, with the Governor's Volunteer Service Award during a special reception at the Old State Capitol today. Altenbaumer is one of five Senior Recipients statewide for his service to Grow Decatur.




Morning Spin: Illinois House could vote on abortion bill Rauner opposes as women march on Capitol

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:31:41 GMT

State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, shown in 2013, is sponsoring an abortion bill that Gov. Bruce Rauner has threatened to veto. State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, shown in 2013, is sponsoring an abortion bill that Gov. Bruce Rauner has threatened to veto.




U Of Illinois Economists Issue Report On Corn & Soybean Cost Of Production

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:39:43 GMT

U OF ILLINOIS ECONOMISTS ISSUE REPORT ON CORN & SOYBEAN COST OF PRODUCTION Apr. 25, 2017 Source: by Brandy Krapf, Dwight Raab, and Bradley Zwilling Illinois FBFM Association and Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of Illinois In 2016, the total of all economic costs per acre for growing corn in Illinois averaged $886 in the northern section, $870 in the central section for farmland with "high" soil ratings, $849 in the central section for farmland with "low" soil ratings, and $801 in the southern section. Soybean costs per acre were $638, $652, $610 and $603, respectively .




Illinois lawmakers return from break facing budget issues

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:59:12 GMT

Illinois lawmakers are returning to the Capitol this week to resume work on trying to end a budget stalemate that has eluded them for almost two years. The State Journal-Register reports that just before lawmakers' two-week spring break, the House approved another stopgap spending bill that would give more than $800 million to human-services programs and higher education.




Attorneys General: Restore guidance to aid student borrowers

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:01:56 GMT

Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia are faulting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back Obama-era guidance they say is helping protect student loan borrowers. In a letter sent Monday, Democratic attorneys general Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Lisa Madigan of Illinois called on DeVos to restore the memos instituted by the federal Education Department last year under President Barack Obama.




College athlete killed in freak track and field accident 0:0

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:08:33 GMT

A Wheaton College freshman was killed when he was struck by a hammer in a freak accident during a track and field event, the school said in a statement. Ethan Roser, 19, was volunteering at the Illinois university's Don Church Twilight Meet on Saturday when he was accidentally hit with the metal hammer, which weighs as much as 16 pounds.




Poll: 53 percent of Illinoisans disapprove of Trump, 64 percent say...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:17:44 GMT

Today, Personal PAC released the results of a statewide poll it recently conducted showing that Governor Rauner is completely out of step with the vast majority of Illinois voters on the issue of abortion. 73% percent of Illinois voters believe abortion should be a private decision between a woman and her doctor versus 20% who do not, making the margin of difference 53%.




Transmission Project Enhances Reliabliity and Will Keep Bills Low in Western Illinois

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:36:37 GMT

In order to address our customers' growing needs for safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy, MidAmerican Energy Company has completed construction on a pair of transmission lines through Henry, Knox, Mercer and Rock Island counties in Illinois. The new infrastructure enhances the ability to provide low-cost generation to the Quad Cities metro area, and it helps keep customers' bills some of the lowest in the Midwest.




5-month paving project to begin on I-55 in Springfield

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:06:10 GMT

The Illinois Department of Transportation says it will embark on a $10 million project on Interstate 55 on Monday. Crews will repair and replace pavement and make culvert upgrades on I-55 from just north of Stevenson Drive to north of Clear Lake Avenue and Interstate 72. IDOT spokeswoman Kelsea Gurski tells The State Journal-Register that first part of the project will be on the southbound lanes and when that is done the crews will move to the northbound lanes.




Remains of Illinois man killed at Pearl Harbor come home

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:18:20 GMT

An Illinois sailor has been laid to rest near the community where he grew up - more than 75 years after he was killed at Pearl Harbor. The 25-year-old Navy Fireman First Class from Lockport Township was aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.




Illinois Democrats aim high with minimum wage proposals

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:35:27 GMT

In this Sept. 14, 2014, file photo, protesters participate in a rally on Chicago's south side as labor organizers escalate their campaign raise the minimum wage for employees to $15 an hour.




Millikin Softball Sweeps Carroll Takes over First Place, could host Tournament

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:16:59 GMT

The wins, coupled with a Carthage loss to Illinois Wesleyan gave Millikin sole possession of first place heading into Sunday's final doubleheader of the year at Carthage today. Millikin is now 29-9 overall and 13-1 in the CCIW.




Mark Zuckerberg just signed the death warrant for the smartphone

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:27:05 GMT

To accelerate the rise of augmented reality, a big part of the plan, Zuckerberg unveiled the Camera Effects platform - basically a set of tools for outside developers to build augmented-reality apps that you can access from the existing Facebook app's camera. Zuckerberg said that it will take a while to roll some of these experiences out into the world, but developers can get started now, with a closed Beta version of its AR Studio software now launching.




Mattoon police to step up patrols distracted drivers

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:35:39 GMT

Talking, texting or interacting with electronic driving causes more than 431,000 crashes nationwide annually and was a contributing factor in more than 150 fatal accidents in NY during 2015, according to data provided by AT&T and AAA, who are partnering with the State Police during "Distracted Driver Awareness Month". If you're planning a road trip anytime soon, Vermont ranks as the state with the most distracted drivers, while OR drivers pay the most attention to the road.




Possible a golf ball materialsa in frozen hash browns prompts recall

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:56:43 GMT

An Illinois food company is recalling frozen hash browns that may have pieces of golf balls in them, according to the FDA. McCain Foods USA announced on Friday it is voluntarily recalling Harris Teeter Brand, 2 lb.




Durbin calls for findings from Cairo public housing probe

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:18:41 GMT

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says federal authorities should release findings of a probe into problems with southern Illinois housing developments. The Southern Illinoisan reports Durbin held a public town hall Friday in Cairo and met privately with city and housing officials.




Illinois Loses Nearly 9,000 Jobs on Net in March; Unemployment Rate Drops

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:48:18 GMT

Illinois Policy Institute I llinois lost jobs across several industries including construction, manufacturing, and professional and business services.