• Public memorial for Comptroller Topinka scheduled for Wednesday

    by  • December 12, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A public memorial service for late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is scheduled for next week. The comptroller’s office says the memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Operating Engineers’ Local 150 headquarters in Countryside. Topinka died unexpectedly Wednesday at the age of 70 after suffering complications from...

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    Illinois wine industry strong and growing

    by  • December 12, 2014

    Expect to hear more about Illinois wine. The state’s trade group for the wine industry, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, has hired a full-time executive director for the first time. Jennifer Montgomery comes to the state from a similar position in Nebraska. Illinois’ wine profile is as diverse as anything else in...

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    McCarter explains limits of new “eavesdropping” measure

    by  • December 12, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD –Senator Kyle McCarter, is clearing up some misconceptions about a measure recently approved in the Illinois General Assembly. Senate Bill 1342 deals with recording conversations between individuals, secretly and publicly. The Lebanon Republican notes there has been a lot of commentary on social media sites that the legislation violates and restricts personal freedoms....

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