• 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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    Holiday greetings from Withers Broadcasting

    by  • November 28, 2013

    Happy Thanksgiving from our families at Withers Broadcasting to you and your family. We hope the holiday finds you safe, warm and with good company. As this is a holiday; state, federal and local government offices are closed, with the exception of emergency and first responders. All courthouses, city offices, and schools are closed,...

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    Butterball turkey help line housed in Illinois

    by  • November 28, 2013

    Calls to the Butterball Turkey Talk hotline are answered right here in Illinois. The call center is on the fifth floor of an office building in Naperville, where 62 staffers will field 100,000 inquiries from now through Christmas Eve, including 12,000 Wednesday. Supervisor Mary Clingman says to work there they have to be able...

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