• WIC to expand fruits, vegetable funding

    by  • June 3, 2014

    The State of Illinois will increase its contribution to those buying fruits and vegetables in a need-based food program for women, children and infants. The Illinois Department of Human Services announced on Monday it will offer an additional $2 per month for produce in the federally-funded supplemental food program. It increases the amount from...

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    Term limit proposal making progress

    by  • June 3, 2014

    The term limits campaign is making progress. The director of the State Board of Elections says it appears, based on sampling, that about 60 percent of the signatures the term limits campaign submitted to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot are valid, which would leave their filing well over the number of signatures...

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    Severe weather could hit Midwest

    by  • June 3, 2014

    It has been a fairly quiet tornado season so far this spring but that could change on Tuesday in five Midwestern states, where the national weather service predicts a heightened risk of severe storms that could produce strong twisters. Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois are at greater risk of severe storms with hail,...

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    Missing Breese boy found safe

    by  • June 3, 2014

    There was a happy ending for a Breese family Monday, following some frightening hours earlier in the day. Rescue workers found a missing Breese boy in some bushes after searching about two hours Monday night. The 9-year-old boy was found unharmed about 10:30 p.m., a few blocks from his home. According to Breese Police...

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    Peoria band teacher arrested for sexual assault

    by  • June 3, 2014

    PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A Peoria band teacher is charged with criminal sexual assault in connection with an improper relationship he allegedly started with an eighth-grade student that continued through the student’s graduation from high school. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports (bit.ly/1mOIhoF) that authorities arrested 34-year-old Maury R. Beelman on Tuesday. He’s a band...

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    Cullerton ‘disappointed’ in Ill. lottery manager

    by  • June 3, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he’s “extremely disappointed” with the private company that runs the state lottery. Cullerton says lawmakers believed a private firm would operate the lottery better than the state. He says financial reports indicate Northstar Lottery Group “is unable to live up to its commitments.” Reports filed...

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