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2 hrs ago | SFGate

Highland teachers strike for 5th school day

A teacher strike in southwestern Illinois' Highland School District continued for the fifth day Wednesday as union representatives negotiated with district officials. The union president submitted a new contract proposal to the school board Tuesday night, after teachers rejected a previous offer Sunday, the Belleville News -Democrat reported.

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3 hrs ago | WYMG-FM Springfield

Illinois Farm Deaths Are on the Rise

If there's a silver lining to a drought, it could be this: farm deaths in Illinois were at an all-time low for the 12 months ending June 30, 2013. That's according to records kept by Country Financial, a Bloomington-based insurer.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought

5 hrs ago | Daily Herald

U of I chancellor regrets uproar over professor

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise told a committee of faculty leaders that she regretted the uproar caused by the decision not hire a professor whose Twitter messages were considered by some to be anti-Semitic. Wise told the campus' Senate Executive Committee on Monday that the university's board of trustees will be asked to consider approving the hiring of future tenured faculty much earlier in the process.

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9 hrs ago | JD Supra

O'Reilly Automotive Consents to Early Entry of Decree Resolving EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

O'Reilly Automotive Stores, Inc., a national company with over 4,000 stores, will pay $35,000 under a consent decree entered here which resolves a sexual harassment case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC had alleged that O'Reilly subjected a male employee working in one of its Chicago stores on the South Side to sexual harassment by his female store manager.

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Related Topix: Law, Employment / Labor Law

Tue Sep 16, 2014

CBS Local

Spotify: University Of Illinois Urbana Champaign Is One Of The...

Music streaming service Spotify tracked the listening patterns of America's college students and compiled a list of the most musical universities in the country - and one Illinois school made the list. While Arizona State University was number one on Spotify's list, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign came in at number 28 .

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Hammer & Rails

Southern Illinois at Purdue: Depth Chart

Sorry I forgot to do this last week, but it was also in flux because of the quarterback situation. Here is your depth chart for this week: Gelen Robinson is the solid No.

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Related Topix: Sports, Purdue University NCAA, NCAA Sports

WTKR-TV Norfolk

12 states confirm Enterovirus D68 cases

Since mid-August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed more than 100 cases of Enterovirus D68 in 12 states: Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New York and Oklahoma. Enteroviruses are very common, especially in the early fall.

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Daily Herald

Suspect seeks bond in Illinois meat-tampering case

A southwestern Illinois man accused of inserting sewing needles into packaged supermarket meats that a federal prosecutor called "booby traps" wants a federal judge to reconsider denying him his release on bond. A federal public defender has filed a motion challenging a ruling last month by U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Williams that Ronald Ayers, 68, remain jailed pending his trial tentative scheduled to begin Nov. 3. U.S. District Judge David Herndon ordered federal prosecutors to file their objections by the close of business Tuesday, with a hearing on the matter scheduled for Wednesday.

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Lucianne.com

Food Stamp Sign-Ups OutnumberJobs Created in Obama s Illinois

Among the many metrics that show ObamaA s home state is struggling to break the Great Recession, a new report shows that applications for food stamps in Illinois is greater than its creation of jobs. Illinois has had the worst recovery from the recession of any state in the country, the Illinois Policy Institute reported this month: "There are nearly 300,000 fewer Illinoisans working today than in January 2008, and 170,000 fewer payroll jobs.

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Chicago Tribune

Poll: Illinois voters back referendum issues

The Illinois Supreme Court rejected a ballot question that would amend the state constitution to limit lawmakers to eight years of service. The majority of Illinois residents support 8-year term limits.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Illinois Government, 2012 Presidential Election

WAND-TV Decatur

Video of lawmaker tirade resurfaces in House race

An Illinois state representative showed little restraint when he took to the floor of the state House in 2012 and unleashed a furious rant against Democrats, complete with hollering, paper-throwing and fist-waving. A video of Mike Bost's outburst circulated widely on the Internet and briefly raised his political profile.

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Star Tribune

Video of Illinois lawmaker's tirade resurfaces in one of nation's most competitive House races

A red-faced Mike Bost showed little restraint when he took to the floor of the Illinois House in 2012 and unleashed a furious rant about the way Democrats run the state, complete with hollering, paper-throwing, fist-waving and an oddly placed reference to Moses. "I'm sick of it!" the GOP lawmaker yelled as he swung at and missed pages of legislation he'd sent fluttering to the floor.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Illinois Government

Mon Sep 15, 2014

WIFR

Quinn: Monitor not needed to oversee state hiring

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, in a filing late Monday in federal court, contends a court appointed monitor is not necessary to ensure compliance with political hiring bans as suggested by an anti-patronage attorney. In the filing by the attorney general's office, Quinn contends his response to allegations of political hiring in the Department of Transportation has been "prompt, appropriate and aimed at a long-term solution to preventing any such improprieties in the future."

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Chicago Tribune

Chance of car collisions with deer increases in Illinois

A herd of deer in a forest preserve near Channahon. State Farm is reporting that drivers are most likely to collide with a deer in October, November and June.

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WCAX-TV Burlington

Chicago, NY, Hawaii on Obama library's short list

The Barack Obama Foundation says four of the 13 applications submitted earlier this year made the cut. New York's Columbia University and the University of Hawaii are being invited to submit more formal proposals to host the library.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Illinois Government, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago

News Max

Chicago, NY, Hawaii on Obama Library's Short List

The Barack Obama Foundation, which is developing and raising money for the massive legacy project, announced Monday that it has selected four universities to compete for the library, culled from an initial list of 13 applications submitted earlier this year. The University of Hawaii, in Obama's birthplace Honolulu, made the cut, as did New York's Columbia University.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Democrat, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago, Illinois Government, Michelle Obama

Daily Herald

Springfield cemetery restoring Abe Lincoln's vault

A vault that temporarily held Abraham Lincoln's body is set to be restored for an upcoming event that will mark the anniversary of his 1865 funeral in Springfield. Illinois bid documents show up to $300,000 in repairs and waterproofing is planned at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

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Cybercast News Service

Students sickened, carbon monoxide leak suspected

About 90 Illinois middle school students were sent to hospitals Monday after becoming ill because of a carbon monoxide leak, school district and fire officials said. The affected students were largely middle-school aged at North Mac Intermediate School in Girard, a central Illinois city about 25 miles south of Springfield.

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Related Topix: Education Etc.

TheBostonChannel.com

Anchor announces on-air he has 6 months to live

A TV news anchor in Illinois fighting brain cancer made a startling announcement on-air -- he has just six months to live. Dave Benton told viewers of WCIA in Champaign last week that doctors have told him his tumor is too large for surgery or radiation, according to The Associated Press.

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Related Topix: Health, Brain Cancer, Opinion

Daily Herald

Nearly 100 groups form school funding coalition

Nearly 100 organizations are joining together to push Illinois lawmakers to pass a school funding reform proposal in the spring. Funding Illinois' Future members include community foundations, civil rights organizations, school officials, and business and education reform groups statewide.

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