• Pension deal could boost Quinn’s reelection bid

    by  • November 29, 2013

    A new agreement on how to address Illinois’ $100 billion pension shortfall could give a boost to Governor Pat Quinn’s re-election bid. But political analysts say it puts his potential GOP rivals in a trickier spot. One of the four candidates running for the 2014 republican nomination has stated his position publicly. State Senator...

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    Ted Nugent joins tornado relief concert lineup

    by  • November 29, 2013

    Ted Nugent is the latest artist to join the lineup for a benefit concert that will raise money for victims of the Illinois tornadoes. The Pantagraph in Bloomington reports the 64-year-old Michigan rocker will perform at the “Rock to the Rescue” concert on Dec. 4. The concert will be at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in...

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    Youth hunters can now apply for turkey hunting

    by  • November 29, 2013

    Young people who have passed a hunter safety course may begin applying to hunt wild turkeys on private land across Illinois next spring. The Illinois department of natural resources says it’s now accepting applications from youth under age 16 to hunt on a private Illinois recreational access program site. There are private sites in...

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    Illinois hunters harvest fewer deer this year

    by  • November 29, 2013

    Illinois hunters harvested fewer deer during the opening weekend of the firearm season this year. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Friday that hunters harvested about 55,700 deer last weekend. That’s fewer than the approximately 77,100 taken during the first weekend of hunting last year. IDNR forest wildlife program manager Paul Shelton says...

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    First same-sex wedding held in Chicago

    by  • November 29, 2013

    Two Chicago women have become the first couple to take their vows under the new same-sex marriage law in Illinois. Patricia Ewert and Vernita Gray married in a private ceremony Wednesday, just days after a judge agreed to expedite their wedding because of Gray’s terminal illness. This month, Illinois became the 16th state to...

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    Law enforcement cracking down on seat belt violators

    by  • November 28, 2013

    State and local police will be cracking down on seat belt violators this week. The Illinois of Department of Transportation is partnering with law enforcement agencies to set up more than 1,400 so-called “Safety Belt Enforcement Zones” around the state. Lt. David Byrd of the Illinois State Police says each year, he notices that...

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