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Video gambling has hot hand in Illinois

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:55:15 GMT

Shirley Winters, right, and her granddaughter, Kayla Walker, watch a video gambling machine Oct. 11, 2016, at Lucky Jack's in Waukegan. Winters vists Lucky Jack's about three times a week.

Arson suspected in fire at Illinois home where bodies found

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:35:47 GMT

A fire has destroyed a home outside Kankakee where three men were found dead earlier this month. Authorities suspect the fire was deliberately set.

"Illinois Fire Chiefs to Host Celebrity Basketball Game"

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:07 GMT

Celebrities ready to participate in the Illinois Fire Chiefs game include, Glenbard East High AD and former Chicago Bear D'Wayne Bates, former Chicago Cub Chico Walker, a few members of the Chicago Bliss along with local Fire Chief's and firefighters. Mary Compton for Newsmakers INC What do a few members of Chicago Bliss, former Cub Chico Walker and former D'Wayne Bates have in common? A desire to help firefighters.

IDES says Illinois lost 800 manufacturing jobs last month

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:07:09 GMT

The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced today that the unemployment rate in September held at 5.5 percent and nonfarm payrolls increased by 7,400 jobs over the month, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and IDES. Job growth is still below the national average, with Illinois -38,800 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000.

Illinois District Court Denies Motion to Certify TCPA Class Action

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:56:53 GMT

In the consolidated cases Espejo v. Santander Consumer USA Inc. , No. 11 C 8987, 2016 WL 6037625 and Levins v.

Quartet of central Illinois judges seeking approval to be retained in office

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:55:04 GMT

In Illinois, once a circuit judge wins an election, they run unopposed every six years, asking voters to retain them on the bench. Candidates must receive approval from 60 percent of voters casting ballots on the question in order to be retained in office. Risigner is currently sitting in Tazewell County as a civil judge.

Poll: Clinton Thumping Trump in Illinois by 19-points, Leading in DuPage Too

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:50:10 GMT

Hillary Clinton holds not only a commanding 19-point lead over Donald Trump in Illinois according to a new poll, but also she has grabbed a solid lead over the reality TV star in a suburban DuPage battleground. An October 13, 2016 poll conducted by Illinois Public Opinion Strategies of 664 likely Illinois voters finds that Clinton has a 50.0%-31.5% statewide edge over Trump.

Illinois secure in election readiness despite database hack

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:36:36 GMT

Illinois election officials insist that the recent hack into state voter rolls doesn't pose a threat to the Nov. 8 election and shouldn't undermine confidence in the results. And even though GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has talked about a "rigged" election, most experts say large-scale voter fraud isn't possible.

Longtime Illinois Democratic political operative ensnarled in hidden video controversy

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:56:33 GMT

Robert Creamer after his sentencing in a federal check-kiting case on April 5, 2006. At right is his wife, Illinois U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky.

Illinois EPA announces Vehicle Emissions Testing Network updates

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:33:35 GMT

SPRINGFIELD Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Acting Director Alec Messina today announced upcoming changes to the Agency's Vehicle Emissions Testing Program, which will offer more efficient and less expensive tests. The new testing contract also includes numerous added motorist conveniences including flexible scheduling and expanded hours on Saturdays.

Trump, you think Illinois elections are rigged? Here's what you don't know

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:25:08 GMT

During a campaign stop in Florida, Donald Trump said the reality of the election is "a small handful of global special interests rigging the system." Oct. 13, 2016.

Illinois transgender student wins round in closely watched bathroom case

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:26:46 GMT

A federal magistrate judge recommended this week that a transgender girl at the center of a lawsuit over restroom and locker room access be able to use the girls' locker room at her Illinois high school, writing that the Constitution doesn't protect students against having to share such facilities with their transgender peers. In an 82-page report, Magistrate Judge Jeffrey T. Gilbert sided against a group of students and parents who sought a preliminary injunction to force the girl to use the boys' locker room or a private bathroom while the court moves forward with the case.

If you spot bias in tonighta s debate, tweet it with #NoBigotry tag

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:14:54 GMT

Arab Americans in Washington are prepared for tonight's third and final presidential debate: they've got falafel, shawarma and hashtags. Two large Arab-American organizations - the Arab American Institute and the Network of Arab American Professionals - are teaming up for a watch party they hope will extend beyond D.C. via social media for a real-time push to call out candidates' on biased or bigoted remarks.

Illinois American Water encourages customers to participate in...

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:00:46 GMT

ILLINOIS Illinois American Water is encouraging customers to participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The Oct. 22, 2016 event is the 12th opportunity in six years offered by the DEA to rid homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Wanted: Northern Illinois Snow Plows

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:33:31 GMT

The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking Lake County and other local governments surrounding Chicago if they can help clear snow from some state routes this winter. IDOT spokeswoman Gianna Urgo says the agency needed to replenish its snow-removal fleet, which was deteriorating from normal wear and tear.

GOP senator in Illinois braces for fallout from a hurricane Trumpa

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:07:11 GMT

U.S. Senate candidates Rep. Tammy Duckworth and Sen. Mark Kirk shake hands after their debate Oct. 3, 2016, in the Chicago Tribune editorial board room. Judy Klohr, 71, of Lebanon, Ill., said she was so disgusted with Donald Trump that she might vote a straight Democratic ticket in November, which could hurt incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk's chances.

Documentary program about Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to air Wednesday in Peoria

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:57:49 GMT

A documentary about longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan will air at 7 p.m. Wednesday on WEEK-TV, Channel 25.  The hour-long program titled "Madigan: Power. Privilege.