• Watchdog group hounded by agency it is trying to help

    by  • August 5, 2013

    By Kurt Erickson | kurt.erickson@lee.net SPRINGFIELD — One of the few independent organizations with regular access to the state’s overcrowded prison system is being criticized by the agency it is trying to help. A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections has called reports issued by the John Howard Association “inaccurate” and “untrue.” The...

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    Illinois now reporting 5 cases of rare stomach bug

    by  • August 5, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is reporting one new case of a rare stomach illness, bringing the total number of cases in the state to five. Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says health officials are still investigating the source of the bug and have been unable to link the illness to any...

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    Appeals court denies immediate Ill. conceal-carry

    by  • August 5, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago federal appeals court isn’t letting Illinoisans immediately tote firearms in public under the state’s fledging concealed-carry law, but says it will give the matter a speedy review. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week turned down the emergency injunction request by gun-rights advocates who wanted Illinois gun...

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    Quinn signs three new traffic bills into law

    by  • August 5, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed three road safety bills into law, including one beefing up adult drivers’ education requirements. Another lets the Secretary of State’s office reject driver’s permits or licenses for drivers 18 years and younger who have pending citations. The law was prompted by a 15-year-old who was seriously...

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    ROE releases guidelines for free/reduced lunches, milk

    by  • August 5, 2013

    Keri J. Garrett, regional superintendent of schools for Clinton, Marion and Washington counties, announced the policy Monday for free and reduced price meals and free milk for those students unable to pay the full price for meals or milk under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Program (available only to students...

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    Activist urges preparation before fracking begins

    by  • August 5, 2013

    As Illinois prepares to put its regulations in place for hydraulic fracturing, an opponent of the whole thing says homeowners near potential fracking sites should be prepared. The legislature and governor this year approved a set of regulations for the process, which shoots water, sand, and chemicals into the ground to force out oil...

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