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Trump Takes His - Thank-You Tour' to Wealthy Donor's Costume Ball

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:37:53 GMT

President-elect Donald Trump took a break from the blue-collar Midwestern rallies of his "thank-you tour" of the U.S. to pay his respects to a different demographic: the family of a wealthy donor who spent millions supporting his campaign. Trump on Saturday attended a lavish costume party on the North Shore of Long Island hosted by hedge-fund manager Robert Mercer, the co-chief executive officer of Renaissance Technologies.

Yurts, cleats, coats: Dakota protesters dig in for brutal winter

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 07:04:35 GMT

That does not deter Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, many of whom say they know a blizzard earlier this week was but a taste of what is to come, as temperatures are expected to fall toward 0 degrees Fahrenheit . Rather than retreat amidst the cold and an order from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to vacate by Monday, the Oceti Sakowin camp, the epicenter of pipeline opposition, is growing in size - and quickly winterizing in expectation of harsher weather.

Police Advise Against Unsupervised Searches of Missing Boy

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 03:28:45 GMT

Police in central Illinois are advising people not to conduct any unsupervised searches in the woods for a 13-year-old boy missing for two weeks. Pekin police spokesman Mike Eeten says such searches could damage any evidence they uncover and, in the midst of deer hunting season, endanger the searchers.

Dixon Mayor selected for Illinois Bicentennial Commission

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:23:57 GMT

Governor Bruce Rauner has announced the appointments made to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, and one of those appointments is the mayor for the city of Dixon. Saturday, December 3 is the Illinois's 198th birthday.

Universities exploring 'sanctuary' status for immigrants

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:38:07 GMT

Universities and colleges in several states are considering labeling themselves "sanctuary campuses" amid fears from immigrant students and pressure from activists following the election of Donald Trump. College administrators in New Mexico - the state with the highest percentage of Latino residents - are looking into proposals that would grant immigrant students living in the country illegally protections while they pursue their studies.

Di Leo: Happy Birthday, Illinois

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:38:06 GMT

The state of Illinois celebrates its 198th birthday on December 3, 2016. I don't know if it's customary to bake a cake for a whole state - Michelle Obama's food labeling requirements would require too big a label, and probably mandate that it be covered in arugula instead of frosting - but we'll do what we can to celebrate the anniversary, perhaps with a few tidbits of history and opinion tossed in for good measure.

Illinois lawmaker vows to boycott inauguration over Trumpa s a bigotrya

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:46:00 GMT

A Democratic congressman from Illinois said Friday he will boycott the inauguration of Donald Trump because he said the President-elect spews "hatred, bigotry and prejudice." "I cannot go to a inauguration of a man who's going to appoint people to the Supreme Court and turn back the clock on women and turn back the clock on immigrants and the safety and freedom that we fought for them," Rep. Luis Gutierrez said on CNN's "New Day."

Contest spotlights self-published authors in Illinois

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:59:02 GMT

The deadline to enter the 2017 Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project is Jan. 7. Author Geralyn Hesslau Magrady of Berwyn, right, was this year's winner. Next to her are finalists James Hosek and Amanda Meredith.

Illinois Sees Year-over-Year Increase in Obamacare Sign-Ups

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:16:30 GMT

Officials say more than 68,000 Illinoisans have selected health plans using the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplace, up nearly 1,400 compared to the same time last year. The sign-ups are happening as President-elect Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress discuss repealing the law known as "Obamacare."

Illinois sees warmest fall on record since 1931

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:32:54 GMT

Climatologist Jim Angel says the statewide average temperature for September through November was 59.4 degrees, or 5 degrees above normal. The same three months of 1931 were slightly warmer at 59.8 degrees.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters Wednesday, Nov. 16,...

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 02:15:05 GMT

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he'll meet with legislative leaders to negotiate a budget deal, and he's willing to include money he vetoed for Chicago Public Schools if it's part of a "comprehensive package." Rauner said Friday meetings are scheduled Saturday and Sunday with the four legislative leaders and "I'm not taking anything off the table."

Does the death penalty reduce the murder rate?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:20:47 GMT

This week the death penalty is under fire, as the Supreme Court debates whether or not it can be applied to convicted murderers with a low IQ - whether a person can be held accountable for actions that may not be fully understood. It seems an appropriate time to analyze the effectiveness of the death penalty in accomplishing its tasks: reducing the murder rate in the states where it has been applied.

Illinois AG investigation into La Harpe city council meeting continues

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:06:01 GMT

The Illinois Attorney General's office continues to investigate an alleged open meetings violation by the La Harpe City Council, but the pace of the inquiry is disappointing residents frustrated with their mayor. The request was launched Oct. 1 by John Kraft, a researcher, writer and founding member of the watchdog news website Illinois Leaks.

Illinois parents call for 'smut' book ban: 'We...

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:51:45 GMT

An Illinois school district is pulling one book from the shelves and reconsidering the use of all other titles taught in classrooms after a principal raised concerns about sexually explicit content. Eric Michaelsen, the principal of Lemont High School, notified parents last month by email that "The God of Small Things," by Arundhati Roy, had been removed from the reading list of the Academic English II class, reported the Cook County Chronicle .

Exelon: Guilty Of Cronyism Across State Lines

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:50:37 GMT

Seton Motley at Red State has written about the Illinois Exelon deal and compares it to what's happened in New York and New Jersey. Motley writes that what Exelon is doing in Illinois is also taking place in oh-so-Democrat New York : "The unelected PSC will unilaterally raise taxes by $8 billiona money will go to plant owner Exelon, a Chicago-based Fortune 100 company with annual revenues of over $34 billion."

Ex-NFL player charged with running teen prison fight club

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:09:41 GMT

'Straight-A, religiously devout' boy, 14, 'shot dead his mother and brother, EIGHT, execution style while they slept then tried to blame his father for the murders' PIERS MORGAN: Mariah, anymore of this embarrassing tackiness and you'll turn into the new Madonna Quick-thinking Utah parents disarm their 15-year-old son in school after he took a handgun and shotgun to class and opened fire - while more than 100 cops arrive outside Get ready for the big freeze! Western half of US to be hit with temperatures of up to 30 degrees colder than normal after Alaska experiences bone-chilling lows of minus 41F Parkinson's could start in the GUT not the brain: Study finds first ever link between the disease and gut microbes Do women REALLY prefer muscular men? We fit 10 ladies with eye-tracking glasses as they meet three nearly-nude guys with very different physiques... so just where did they look? ... (more)

Illinois National Guard celebrates National Guard and Camp Lincoln Birthdays

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:15:51 GMT

The Illinois National Guard will host a cake cutting ceremony to commemorate the 380th birthday of the National Guard and the 130th anniversary of Camp Lincoln Dec. 10 at 3:45 p.m. This event coincides with the Illinois State Military Museum's "Christmas at the Front," an annual event meant to educate visitors on how Soldiers celebrated Christmas during four conflicts: Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I and World War II. The Illinois National Guard will host a cake cutting ceremony to commemorate the 380th birthday of the National Guard and the 130th anniversary of Camp Lincoln.