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2 hrs ago | WWLP

Photo Courtesy: MGNonline/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champai

A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group's bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Illinois Government, Iraq, World News, Middle East,

3 hrs ago | Daily Herald

8 gang members indicted on racketeering charges

Federal prosecutors in Illinois and Indiana have announced the indictment on racketeering charges of eight members and associates of a street gang operating in the states.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law

7 hrs ago | Examiner.com

Michael Rooker is Driving Dead plus celebrities, comics, and cosplay in Chicago

On Thursday August 21, 2014, " The Walking Dead " star, Michael Rooker kicked off his weekend at Chicago's 2014 Wizard World Comic Convention with a special, sneak preview of " The Driving Dead " web series.

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Related Topix: Michael Rooker, Illinois Government

11 hrs ago | Examiner.com

Business is booming at the ACT

In ten years, the number of incoming freshmen who submitted ACT's during the admissions process at WLU has gone from 15% to 51%.

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Related Topix: Standardized Testing, Education, Education Etc.

15 hrs ago | Daily Herald

Illinois Lt. Gov. Simon donates books to schools

Sheila Simon is a Carbondale Democrat. Her office partnered with the Illinois Reading Council and collected books at a back-to-school drive at the 2014 Illinois State Fair, which ran from Aug. 8 to 17. Simon is sponsoring another back-to-school book drive at the Du Quoin State Fair, which begins on Friday.

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Related Topix: Education Etc.

15 hrs ago | Route 66 News

New statues coming to Route 66 in Illinois

A series of new statues and wayside kiosks will be erected in nine towns along Route 66 in Illinois, according to a news release.

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Related Topix: Route 66, Godley, IL, Braidwood, IL, Carbon Hill, IL, Diamond, IL

15 hrs ago | WSIL

I-DOT Cuts Jobs Linked to Hiring Scandal

The Illinois Department of Transportation is eliminating 58 positions that are at the center of a lawsuit alleging questionable hiring practices.

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Related Topix: Illinois Government

16 hrs ago | The Logan County Herald

Illinois 4-H Foundation inducts Lori Ward into 2014 Hall of Fame class

The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes one 4-H volunteer per county for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program as a Hall of Fame winner.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, Science

20 hrs ago | NewsFactor

UPS Stores Hit by Data Breach

To avoid a data breach like that suffered by UPS, companies must adopt a consistent security standard and regularly assess it to ensure their point-of-sales systems haven't been compromised.

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Thu Aug 21, 2014

Daily Herald

Term-limit backers seek state Supreme Court ruling

Republican Bruce Rauner and other supporters of political term limits asked the Illinois Supreme Court Thursday to jump into the debate about whether the question can go to voters this fall, just a day before the deadline for approving the November ballot.

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Related Topix: Illinois Government, Pat Quinn, US Governors

Illinoisreview

Illinois Petition Politics: Signatures, Courts, and Armed Investigators

"Nearly 600,000 Illinoisans signed the petition to put our amendment on the November ballot and the State Board of Elections has certified that we submitted more than enough signatures to be on the ballot in November," Rauner said.

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Related Topix: Illinois Government

CBS Local

Illinois Getting $300M From Record Bank Of America Settlement

Illinois is set to receive a $300 million share of a record $16.7 billion nationwide settlement with Bank of America, over allegations of financial misconduct that helped lead to the 2008 financial crisis.

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Related Topix: Home, Mortgage, Personal Finance, Securities and Exchange Commission, Corporate / Securities Law, Law

Gapers Block

A Sad Day for Illinois Twinkie Lovers

Schiller Park's Continental Baking Company, the first manufacturer of the Twinkie , will be closing and laying off 400 employees this October; the company claims that Twinkie sales have fallen dramatically due to competing Twinkie impostors that flooded the market following the brief closure and sale of the Hostess Brand in 2013 following a labor ... (more)

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The Detroit News

The fight over corporate tax inversions

President Barack Obama, presiding over an unusually dismal post-recession economy, might make matters worse with a distracting crusade against the minor and sensible business practice called tax inversion.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois Government, South Carolina, South Carolina Government

Norwalk Citizen News

'Walking Dead' star part of traffic safety push

Michael Rooker - who played Merle Dixon on the hit television series, "The Walking Dead," will introduce a video series for an upcoming traffic safety campaign by the Illinois Department of Transportation .

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Related Topix: The Walking Dead, Entertainment, Television, Michael Rooker, Illinois Government

Daily Herald

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, is running for re-election against Republican Bruce Rauner.

After weeks of pressure from Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, Republican candidate Bruce Rauner agreed to eight forums and debates including one in Lake County, but the governor slammed the choices and said his opponent is "hiding."

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Related Topix: Pat Quinn, US Governors

Wed Aug 20, 2014

Daily Herald

Marijuana town hall attracts hundreds in Chicago

William Scott, who identified himself as a teacher concerned about young people in Chicago dying because of illegal drug trade, asks a question Wednesday in Chicago during the last of three town hall meetings.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Marijuana, Northeastern Illinois University

MilitaryCity.com

New school year, new home: Military families look to adjust

Linh Narum knows what it means to be a part of a military family. Her father served in the Air Force for 27 years and she and her husband, Air Force Col.

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Related Topix: US Military, Scott Air Force Base, US Air Force, Family, Teenagers, Kids, Andrew Cuomo, US Governors

Chicago Parent

Illinois parents and some teachers struggle with national Common Core Standards

Despite earning a master's degree in engineering, Oscar Vallencourt can barely decipher his son's fourth-grade math work.

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Related Topix: Kids, Family

Chicago Tribune

Medical marijuana a cutthroat competition in Illinois

Not only will entrepreneurs applying for licenses next month need a minimum of $400,000 in liquid assets, they also must provide diagrams and photos of a purchased facility, mapped out and reimagined.

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Related Topix: Marijuana, Chicago, IL, Downtown (Washington, DC), Pat Quinn, US Governors, Travel

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