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Torretntial rains prompt issuance of flash flood warning for Ogle County in north-central Illinois

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:33:46 GMT

Up to two inches of rain have already fallen. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

Western Illinois spring graduates

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:09:56 GMT

Several local students were among the recent graduates from Western Illinois University, including: Thomas C. Youskevtch, of Coal City, cum laude, law enforcement and justice administration; Janie Lynn Miller, of Sheldon, summa cum laude, biology; Brock Walter Myers, of Watseka, cum laude, law enforcement and justice administration; Cassady Rosenbrock, of Grant Park, honors scholar, music; and Shavez Devon Rosenthal, of Kankakee, summa cum laude, Bachelor of Arts, pre-law; Kaitlyn D. Adan, of Bourbonnais, cum laude, Bachelor of Science in recreation, park and tourism administration; Erik Neidlinger, Grant Park, bachelor of business, marketing; Somar Marie Powell, Herscher, Bachelor of Science, law enforcement and justice administration; Stephanie Jane Pachl, Manteno, achelor of music; Brieanna Steele, of Beecher, bachelor of social work, social work; Alexander Michael Hartung, of ... (more)

20 Attorneys General Write To Trump, Urging Him To Keep DACA

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:50:00 GMT

Citing concern for the nearly 800,000 young immigrants who've been granted protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra and 19 of his colleagues are asking President Trump to keep the program running. In a letter to the president , Becerra and the other attorneys general are urging Trump to refuse a request from Texas and nine other states that wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking the Trump administration to rescind DACA, which was established by President Obama in a June 15, 2012, memorandum.

Illinois flooding victims qualify for tax penalty waivers

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:09:11 GMT

Sandbags arev ready to be deployed on La Fox River Drive in Algonquin, Ill., Thursday, July 20, 2017. Flood levels along two northern Illinois rivers looked to be falling after flooding this week but another round of rain has them rising again.

Illinois Congresswoman Jehan Gordon-Booth Passes Long Overdue Criminal Justice Reform

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:24:02 GMT

The bill she sponsored, the Neighborhood Safety Act, seeks to provide more judicial sentencing discretion and funds for trauma recovery for victims of violent crimes. Since the 1970s, egregious drug laws and mandatory minimums initiated in the United States in an effort known as the have devastated low-income neighborhoods, primarily black and brown communities.

Neil Armstrong's moon dust bag Illinois woman bought for $995 sells for $1.8 million at auction

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:43:14 GMT

The artifact from the Apollo 11 mission was misidentified and sold at an online government auction in 2015 for $995. It was Initially stolen from a space museum in Kansas but seized and handed over to NASA.

No wake allowed on Rock River in 4 Illinois counties

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:22:35 GMT

High water means no wake on the Rock River in Lee, Ogle, Winnebago and Whiteside counties. Officials have enacted a no wake ordinance effective immediately because of flood water.

First human West Nile case in Illinois confirmed

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:58:39 GMT

Illinois Department of Public Health officials say they have confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in the state for 2017. IDPH officials say a person in their 60s in Will County was confirmed to have become ill due to West Nile virus at the end of June.

Pregnancy Centers Win Second Injunction against Illinois Abortion Referral Mandatei

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:15:08 GMT

A federal court ruled this week that a law the Illinois General Assembly passed and Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law last year, the measure will be withheld from enforcement because it restricts free speech rights. In Wednesday's order, the federal court wrote, "It is clear that the amended act targets the free speech rights of people who have a specific viewpoint."

River levels rising again in northern Illinois after rains

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:22:22 GMT

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, left, talks with W.J. Murphy Elementary School Principal Phil Georgia as he tours the flood damaged school in Round Lake, Ill., Wednesday, July 19, 2017. less Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, left, talks with W.J. Murphy Elementary School Principal Phil Georgia as he tours the flood damaged school in Round Lake, Ill., Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Suspect faces arraignment in kidnapping of China scholar

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:38:13 GMT

This photo provided by the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, Ill., shows Brendt Christensen, the suspect in the kidnapping of visiting University of Illinois Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang. At Christensen's first court appearance at federal court in Urbana, Ill., Monday, July 3, 2017, a judge ordered Christensen held without bond.

Illinois foundation to sell naming rights at fairgrounds

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:02:04 GMT

Illinois foundation to sell naming rights at fairgrounds SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation is looking to sell naming rights of the state fairground buildings in Springfield and Du Quoin to help pay a backlog of maintenance repairs, but the state Department of Agriculture will have the final say.

MCC fire science students join in live fire exercises with Perkins Grant funding

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:38:37 GMT

McHenry County College Fire Academy candidates Joshua Kaiser of Crystal Lake and Melanie Evertsen of McHenry carry hoses over their shoulders to a building for live fire training at the Illinois Fire Service Institute in Champaign. McHenry County College Fire Academy candidates who participated in the Illinois Fire Service Institute training are, front row, from left, Giovanni Barry, Todd Harris and Melanie Evertsen, all of McHenry; Mark Heredia of Lake in the Hills; and back row, Marlene Leutik of Waukegan, Gavin Taylor of Richmond, Michael Williams of Hebron, Joshua Kaiser of Crystal Lake and John Slivka of Johnsburg.

Internal investigation clears cop in Illinois teen's suicide

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:04:40 GMT

Corey Walgren,16, committed suicide after a Napverville High School school official and a police officer questioned him over a video of a conensual, sexual encounter with a female sutdent. The Illinois police officer who questioned a 16-year-old boy about a video recording of a sexual encounter with a female student shortly before the teen killed himself did not violate department protocol, a report obtained by the Chicago Tribune through a Freedom of Information Act request found.

Illinois sheriff IDs another victim of John Wayne Gacy

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:24:37 GMT

An Illinois sheriff's office said Wednesday that it has identified a Minnesota runaway as one of the victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said in a news release that the remains of a person whose body was found under the crawl space of Gacy's Chicago area home in 1978 were those of 16-year-old James "Jimmie" Byron Haakenson.

Bethune pleads not guilty in Pravin Varughese death

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:35:21 GMT

A man accused in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student has entered a not guilty plea to the charges. Gaege Bethune of Eldorado was arraigned Tuesday in Jackson County Court on first-degree murder charges in the death of Pravin Varughese.

Illinois prison guard pleads guilty in inmate assault

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:13:37 GMT

A southern Illinois correctional officer has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges accusing him of assaulting and injuring a handcuffed inmate. Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Dustin A. Fleming of DuQuoin entered the plea Tuesday to a charge of depriving an inmate of his federal civil rights.