• FBI asked to look at McConnell meeting recording

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    The FBI has been asked to look into whether Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign headquarters was bugged after a recording of a private campaign meeting surfaced in a liberal-leaning magazine. McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said his staff is working with the FBI because of what he called “Watergate-style tactics” to bug the...

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    Illinois issuing $3.4M to fight West Nile virus

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    Ninety public health agencies across Illinois will share $3.4 million in West Nile virus grant money from the state Department of Public Health. The money is to be used for prevention programming, testing birds and mosquitoes for West Nile virus and controlling mosquitoes. Funds also can be used to inform the public about the...

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    Struggling Cahokia schools could go without sports

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    A southwestern Illinois school district is blaming cuts in state funding for its tentative plan to eliminate dozens of teaching jobs and go next school year without an athletic director, coaches or extracurricular activities. The Cahokia School District 187′s board agreed on Monday night to the possible cuts, which would target 52 teachers, administrators...

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    Soil moisture delays corn planting

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    We’re a week into April, and corn planting has scarcely begun. There is some anecdotal evidence of corn being planted in Illinois, but there’s not yet enough acreage for it to show up in the weekly USDA crop progress report. According to USDA Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener, the only real field work going on...

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