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Illinois residents encouraged to register for 'The Great Illinois ShakeOut' earthquake drill

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:19:26 GMT

SPRINGFIELD On Oct. 19 at 10:19 a.m., millions of people in the U.S. and around the globe will take a few minutes to practice three simple actions that could save their lives during a major earthquake. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and municipal and county emergency management agencies are encouraging Illinois residents to drop, cover and hold on during The Great ShakeOut earthquake drill.

Small earthquake reported in southeastern Illinois, felt in 3 states

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:25:05 GMT

A map provided by the United States Geological Survey shows the location of an earthquake near Albion in southeastern Illinois Sept. 19, 2017.

Whole lotta shakin' going on? Mild earthquake shakes Illinois

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:25:04 GMT

The quake, which measured 3.8 on the Richter Scale, was moderately small, but could be felt as far west as the Riverbend due to the composition of the Earth's crust east of the Rocky Mountains. United States Geological Survery Geophysicist John Bellini said the crust under Illinois is much older than the western half of the continent and contains less faults, which would otherwise have helped absorb the seismic energy.

Small Earthquake Reported In Illinois, Felt In 3 States

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:25:03 GMT

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a small earthquake in southeastern Illinois was felt across parts of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. The USGS says the preliminary 3.8-magnitude earthquake occurred at 6:47 a.m. Central Time today about 7 A1 2 miles northeast of the city of Albion.

Methamphetamine on the rise in Southern Illinois

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:58:32 GMT

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says the amount of methamphetamine coming into Southern Illinois has been on the rise for the past five or 10 years. DEA agent Doug Dorley tells the Belleville News-Democrat that the region has become a prime destination for Mexican drug cartels bringing cheaper and higher-quality crystal meth into the U.S. According to the DEA's 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary, most of the meth available in the U.S. is now produced in Mexico and smuggled in at the southwest border.

And the good news is a wea re not Illinois

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:18:42 GMT

To understand how a state is doing, sometimes it is necessary to compare it to a larger group, such as Indiana to other Midwest states or even to all 50 states. But sometimes it is possible to get a good idea just by comparing it to one other state.

Illinois man awarded $15K in lawsuit for flag-burning arrest

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:01:32 GMT

Bryton Mellott, center, of Urbana, listens to the ACLU's Ed Yohnka, right, during a news conference Jan. 12, 2017, in Champaign. Mellott, who was arrested after posting pictures of himself burning an American flag in 2016, won a $15,000 settlement against the Urbana Police Department in the wake of the arrest.

Veteran who fought library attacker among 18 Carnegie Heroes

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:47:59 GMT

An Army veteran who fended off a mentally ill man who tried to attack a chess class the veteran was teaching at an Illinois public library is one of 18 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism. James O. Vernon , 75, was in a conference room at the Morton Public Library with 17 children and four women when 19-year-old Dustin Brown burst in with two large knives on Oct. 13, 2015.

Illinois job growth stuck in neutral

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:04:49 GMT

CHICAGOThe Illinois Department of Employment Security announced today that the unemployment rate increased +0.2 percentage points to 5.0 percent in August and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -3,700 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and released by IDES. July job growth was revised down to show an increase of +600 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of +2,100 jobs.

Durbin hosts Illinois Memembers, Loyola Dreamer Med students at luncheon

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:27:23 GMT

WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Dick Durbin hosted members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation at the Illinois Congressional Delegation Luncheon on Friday. They were joined by two special guests Cesar Eber Montelongo Hernandez and Alejandra Duran Arreola, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient students studying at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

New Amtrak Station in Alton Serves the River Bend Region

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:32:21 GMT

Amtrak customers were welcomed by representatives of the railroad, city of Alton, Madison County, state and federal officials to the gleaming new Alton Regional Multimodal Transportation Center, an Amtrak station with modern amenities, Madison County Transit connections and ample parking. The new station was developed by the Illinois Department of Transportation in conjunction with Alton and MCT.

District 15, support workers stalled over contract length

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:42:52 GMT

Palatine Township Elementary District 15 and a union representing secretaries, program assistants, nurses and other support employees are squabbling over contract negotiations. Palatine Township Elementary District 15 and a union representing secretaries, program assistants, nurses and other support employees are squabbling over contract negotiations.

Illinois governor signs Chinese cooperation agreement

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:14:36 GMT

A news release Sunday says the Republican signed an agreement for a program between Wanxiang Group Corp. in Hangzhou and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Wanxiang Fellows Program will send U of I students and scientists to China to study the culture and work on sustainable energy technologies.

Illinois veteran of World War II to be awarded French honor

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:39:20 GMT

A 97-year-old World War II veteran will be given the highest honor France bestows on non-citizens for his service. Deputy Consul General of France Frederic Chole will bestow the award at a service Wednesday at the VFW Post 1197 in Batavia.

East hosting college fair

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:57:32 GMT

More than 75 colleges and universities will available to meet with students and their parents during a college fair Thursday at Columbus East High School. The event, which will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the main gallery level at the high school, is open to all area high school juniors, seniors and their parents, said Allison Clark, Columbus East scholarship and college visit coordinator.

Fed-up Illinois legislators head for the exit in big numbers

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 15:16:09 GMT

In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, Illinois state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, speaks on the House floor at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. More than two-dozen legislators, about 15 percent of the General Assembly, have either resigned months into the current session or said they won't seek re-election.

Fed-up Illinois legislators head for the exit in big numbers

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 15:16:08 GMT

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