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1 hr ago | Kane Co. Chronicle

Geneva ranked 3rd-safest town in Illinois

GENEVA – The city of Geneva was ranked third among the top 10 safest communities in Illinois, according to a real estate brokerage company's rating system.

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5 hrs ago | Mother Jones

26 Percent of Women Scientists Say They've Been Sexually Assaulted Doing Fieldwork

One of the most difficult parts of getting a Ph.D. is finishing your dissertation.

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Related Topix: Science, Anthropology, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Fri Aug 22, 2014

Daily Chronicle

Rauner dealt double blows over Illinois ballot

Illinois State Board of Elections member Harold Byers speaks to fellow board members during a meeting Friday to certify the November ballot, including decisions on whether challenged Green and Libertarian candidates can be on the ticket in Springfield.

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Related Topix: Illinois Government, US News, Pat Quinn, US Governors, University of Illinois Springfield

Northwest Herald

Report: Illinois agency broke rules of hiring for years

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation circumvented rules devised to keep politics out of state jobs and improperly hired more than 250 people in the last decade, accelerating the practice under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, the state's top investigator decreed in a report released Friday.

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Related Topix: Illinois Government, Pat Quinn, US Governors, Rod Blagojevich, Federal Prisons, Prison

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,

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

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

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.

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.

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

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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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

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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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

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