• Tyson moving forward with Hillshire deal

    by  • July 2, 2014

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. has signed a definitive deal to purchase Hillshire Brands Co. for $7.75 billion, two days after the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs was let out of its agreement to buy Pinnacle Foods. Chicago-based Hillshire agreed to buy Pinnacle Foods Inc. for $4.23...

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    George Ryan released from court supervision

    by  • July 2, 2014

    KANKAKEE — Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has finished a year of supervision following his release from home confinement last summer after a prison sentence for corruption convictions. Ryan was released from prison in January 2013 and was confined at home until last July. At the time his lawyer and friend former Gov. Jim...

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    June wetter and warmer in Illinois

    by  • July 2, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ state climatologist says June was much wetter than usual across the state and just a little warmer than average. Climatologist Jim Angel said Tuesday the average rainfall for June across Illinois was close to seven inches. That’s nearly three inches more than usual and the eighth wettest June on record. Angel...

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    Jesse White reflects on fight to reach Civil Rights Act

    by  • July 2, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White urged people to take a moment to reflect on and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Fifty years ago on July 2, this historic measure outlawed discrimination based on race, creed, gender or national origin. The landmark Civil Rights Act of...

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    Holiday patrols underway across Illinois

    by  • July 2, 2014

    The traffic enforcement effort that accompanies many holiday weekends is now under way. Police from 320 departments around Illinois will have stepped-up patrols. “The Illinois State Police and law enforcement partners across the state of Illinois will enforce traffic violations, but will take a strong look four different offenses: Speeding, DUIs, seat belts and...

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