• AFL-CIO pushes for waiver for Illinois plants

    by  • September 17, 2013

    A labor coalition wants Illinois’ Pollution Control Board to waive pollution controls at coal-fired plants being sold by Ameren Corp. The AFL-CIO is making its position known hours before the Illinois Pollution Control Board is set to meet in Springfield on Tuesday. The AFL-CIO says that move by the board would provide certainty to...

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    BREAKING: Bill Daley dropping out of governor’s race

    by  • September 16, 2013

    In a stunning political development, former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is dropping out of the governor’s race. Daley, the brother of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning at the Union League Club. His spokesman confirmed he is dropping out but refused to say why, insisting...

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    Suspected Navy Yard shooter was defense contractor

    by  • September 16, 2013

    WASHINGTON — (AP) Defense officials say Aaron Alexis, identified as the gunman who opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard, was a full-time Navy reservist from 2007 to 2011 and worked recently as a Defense Department contractor. He also prayed at a Buddhist temple, was taking online course in aeronautics and was involved in...

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    Signs indicate good corn harvest coming

    by  • September 16, 2013

    The harvest has begun, but only for those who started early. John Hawkins, spokesman for the Illinois Farm Bureau, says, “Normally, we’ve had some years where the Monday after Labor Day, we usually start the corn harvest, and then we switch over to soybeans; but, this year, we may actually see some farmers …...

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    New laws for disability parking placards

    by  • September 16, 2013

    Starting next year, having a disability parking placard in Illinois won’t automatically mean you don’t have to feed the parking meter. Under the new law, only those who can’t physically operate or reach the meters, or walk more than 20 feet, will qualify for meter exempt parking. Once they present a doctor’s note that...

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    Feds to auction off Jackson Jr.’s memorabilia

    by  • September 16, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — Mink capes, Bruce Lee autographs and Michael Jackson memorabilia that belonged to Jesse Jackson Jr. will be sold to the highest bidder to help ensure the former congressman pays his debt to society in full. The U.S. Marshals Service starts selling 13 items Tuesday in an online auction. Proceeds go to...

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