Associated Press http://wuis.org en Christian Co. Shooting Leaves Man Dead, Officer Wounded http://wuis.org/post/christian-co-shooting-leaves-man-dead-officer-wounded <p></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:17:17 +0000 Associated Press 30294 at http://wuis.org Christian Co. Shooting Leaves Man Dead, Officer Wounded Excavation Finds Courthouse Where Lincoln Worked http://wuis.org/post/excavation-finds-courthouse-where-lincoln-worked <p>Archaeologists excavating near the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington have unearthed part of the footprint of the 1836 courthouse where experts said Abraham Lincoln worked as an attorney.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;The discovery happened Monday on the first day of two to three weeks of archaeological work before construction starts on a new entrance into a planned<br />tourism center on the lower level of the history museum. Museum executive director Greg Koos says the find represents ``physical remains of an incredibly historical episode in McLean County.''<br />&nbsp; Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:57:39 +0000 Associated Press 30250 at http://wuis.org Excavation Finds Courthouse Where Lincoln Worked Illinois Farmers Market Prices Survey http://wuis.org/post/illinois-farmers-market-prices-survey <p>The University of Illinois Extension Service is now regularly surveying prices at farmers markets around the state.</p><p></p><p>According to The News-Gazette in Champaign the surveys of 11 farmers markets around Illinois are being conducted as part of a three-state effort that includes Kentucky and Tennessee.</p><p>The weekly price surveys are being published on the University of Kentucky Center for Crop Diversification's website. &nbsp;</p><p>The idea is to give produce farmers an idea of what prices look like across the region. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:25:31 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 30158 at http://wuis.org Illinois Farmers Market Prices Survey Feds' Immigrant Numbers For Illinois May Not Tell Whole Story http://wuis.org/post/feds-immigrant-numbers-illinois-may-not-tell-whole-story <p></p><p>Federal officials say 305 unaccompanied children caught at the U.S.-Mexico border were placed with Illinois sponsors this year, but officials say hundreds more could be at shelters. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:39 +0000 Associated Press 30046 at http://wuis.org Feds' Immigrant Numbers For Illinois May Not Tell Whole Story Man Robbed By Fake Police On I-55 http://wuis.org/post/man-robbed-fake-police-i-55 <p></p><p>Illinois State Police say a driver was robbed on Interstate 55 near Litchfield by men who impersonated police officers. &nbsp;</p><p>According to the Belleville News-Democrat the man told police he was pulled over around 10 p.m. Tuesday by a sports utility vehicle with a flashing red light on its dashboard. &nbsp;</p><p>The man said that when he stopped, three men wearing ski masks held him at gunpoint as they robbed him of more than $5,000 in cash. The robbers then tied him up with duct tape and left him in his car along the highway. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:39:48 +0000 Associated Press 29987 at http://wuis.org Man Robbed By Fake Police On I-55 Court OKs FutureGen Financing Plan http://wuis.org/post/court-oks-futuregen-financing-plan <p>A court says state regulators can force Illinois electricity customers to help pay for the $1.6-billion FutureGen project.</p><p>The 2-1 decision Tuesday by the Illinois Appellate Court OKs a state plan to charge an estimated $1 to $1.40 a month to help pay for the long-delayed project. &nbsp;</p><p>Ken Humphreys is CEO of the FutureGen Alliance. The group of coal companies is working with the U.S. Department of Energy on the project. Humphreys says the court decision will keep the project moving. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:18:58 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 29845 at http://wuis.org Court OKs FutureGen Financing Plan Fire Closes State Building Today http://wuis.org/post/fire-closes-state-building-today <p>The Illinois Secretary of State's office has closed its Howlett Building in Springfield for the day because of a small fire.</p><p>Secretary of State spokesman Dave Druker says the fire happened about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday in a mechanical room at the building, which is part of the Illinois State Capitol complex. &nbsp;</p><p>He says firefighters quickly put out the blaze but the air conditioning in the building isn't working and crews need to work on mechanical issues. &nbsp;</p><p>Druker says the agency hopes to reopen the office building on Wednesday. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:53:05 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 29760 at http://wuis.org Fire Closes State Building Today 25 Years Since Chicago Bound Flight Crashed In Iowa http://wuis.org/post/25-years-chicago-bound-flight-crashed-iowa <p>It has been 25 years since the passengers on United Flight 232 braced themselves for impact and prepared to die. &nbsp;</p><p>Back in 1989, the jetliner carrying nearly 300 people from Denver to Chicago lost all hydraulic power after the rear engine exploded. It crash-landed in Sioux City, Iowa, cartwheeling down the runway in flames and breaking apart in a cornfield. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:39:15 +0000 Associated Press 29557 at http://wuis.org 25 Years Since Chicago Bound Flight Crashed In Iowa Prosecutors Say Blagojevich Attorneys Misread Ruling http://wuis.org/post/prosecutors-say-blagojevich-attorneys-misread-ruling <p></p><p>Prosecutors responding to a new argument in Rod Blagojevich's appeal say the former governor's lawyers have misrepresented a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in another case. &nbsp;</p><p>Blagojevich's lawyers say an April ruling by the high court found that soliciting contributions is corruption only when a politician makes explicit promises to take official action for a donation. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:25:49 +0000 Associated Press 29556 at http://wuis.org Prosecutors Say Blagojevich Attorneys Misread Ruling Illinois Among The Highest Risk For Earthquakes http://wuis.org/post/illinois-among-highest-risk-earthquakes <p>Illinois and Missouri are on the list of states with the highest risk for earthquakes.</p><p>A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth of the nation. &nbsp;</p><p>The U.S. Geological Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:23:40 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 29527 at http://wuis.org Illinois Among The Highest Risk For Earthquakes Decatur Vies For Ag Research Center http://wuis.org/post/decatur-vies-ag-research-center <p></p><p>Decatur is among the finalists for a national agriculture research center. &nbsp;</p><p>The (Decatur) Herald &amp; Review reports Thursday (http://bit.ly/1yyldBp ) that the National Corn Growers Association wants to create a facility to support and develop farming research. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:47:23 +0000 Associated Press 29503 at http://wuis.org Decatur Vies For Ag Research Center Rauner Proposes Tax Changes http://wuis.org/post/rauner-proposes-tax-changes <p>Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has presented a plan he says will help grow Illinois' economy and create jobs.</p><p>The Winnetka businessman spoke today at a family-owned manufacturing company in Schaumburg.&nbsp;</p><p>Rauner wants to eliminate the income tax increase Democrats approved in 2011, phasing the rate back to 3 percent from 5 percent. He also says he would freeze property taxes and impose a sales tax on services such as charter flights, travel agencies and sewer service. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:50:48 +0000 Associated Press 29483 at http://wuis.org Rauner Proposes Tax Changes Quinn Signs Law Designed To Add Accountability To Grants http://wuis.org/post/quinn-signs-law-designed-add-accountability-grants <p></p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation overhauling the state's grant oversight and accountability process. &nbsp;</p><p>Quinn's office said Wednesday that he has signed the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act. The governor says it will give Illinois a comprehensive set of uniform rules for grant applications and make those who receive grants more accountable to taxpayers.</p><p>The signing comes on the same day as legislative hearings are to begin on a controversial Quinn program.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:16:50 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 29383 at http://wuis.org Quinn Signs Law Designed To Add Accountability To Grants Governor Campaigns Rip Each Other's Records http://wuis.org/post/governor-campaigns-rip-each-others-records <p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:11:38 +0000 Associated Press 29281 at http://wuis.org Governor Campaigns Rip Each Other's Records Services Set For Fmr. Congressman Ken Gray http://wuis.org/post/services-set-fmr-congressman-ken-gray <p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:57:10 +0000 Associated Press 29280 at http://wuis.org Services Set For Fmr. Congressman Ken Gray State Pays Schools On Time http://wuis.org/post/state-pays-schools-time <p>Illinois has broken its streak of late grant payments to schools for the first time since 2007.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;State Superintendent Christopher Koch praised the news in a letter to school officials dated July 1.&nbsp; But Koch warned them not to bank on the same thing<br />happening next year.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's office says timely payments for specialized grants and programs in 2014 are due to an influx of $1.3 billion in revenues the<br />state hadn't originally budgeted for. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp; Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:45:33 +0000 Associated Press 28918 at http://wuis.org State Pays Schools On Time Illinois Hospital Fees To Pay For Error Reports http://wuis.org/post/illinois-hospital-fees-pay-error-reports <p><br />A new annual licensing fee for hospitals that's taking effect in Illinois will finally fund a system for reporting medical errors that was established by state law back in 2005.</p><p><em>&nbsp;Crain's Chicago Business</em> reports the new fee will raise about $1.7 million annually. The fee was part of legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn last week. &nbsp;</p><p>The fee of $55 per hospital bed will fund a system for hospitals to report mistakes such as performing surgery on the wrong body part. The idea is to improve patient safety by analyzing how errors occur. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:17:12 +0000 Associated Press 28887 at http://wuis.org Illinois Hospital Fees To Pay For Error Reports Roof Repairs Underway At Executive Mansion http://wuis.org/post/roof-repairs-underway-executive-mansion <p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:23:22 +0000 Associated Press 28818 at http://wuis.org Roof Repairs Underway At Executive Mansion Voters In Bad Mood Shaping Gov's Race http://wuis.org/post/voters-bad-mood-shaping-govs-race <p>The people of Illinois are feeling particularly gloomy about their state, with its high unemployment, billions of dollars in debt and decades-long battles against corruption. &nbsp;</p><p>The bad mood surfaces in public-opinion polls that startle even the pollsters. And now it's shaping one of the nation's most competitive governor's races. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:08:53 +0000 Associated Press 28772 at http://wuis.org Voters In Bad Mood Shaping Gov's Race High Water Closes Two Mississippi River Bridges http://wuis.org/post/high-water-closes-two-mississippi-river-bridges <p>Two Mississippi River bridges are closed due to flooding, and with more storms in the forecast, there is growing concern that conditions could worsen in parts of Missouri and Illinois. &nbsp;</p><p>The Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana, Missouri, closed yesterday. The next nearest bridge is in Hannibal, Missouri, 35 miles to the north. &nbsp;<br />The Quincy Memorial Bridge in Quincy, Illinois, shut down this morning. The impact there isn't as severe because Quincy has two bridges, and the other is not threatened.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:58:53 +0000 Associated Press 28771 at http://wuis.org High Water Closes Two Mississippi River Bridges Democrats Hold Fundraising Edge http://wuis.org/post/democrats-hold-fundraising-edge <p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:44:56 +0000 Associated Press 28770 at http://wuis.org Democrats Hold Fundraising Edge Unions Gain Members In Public Sector http://wuis.org/post/unions-gain-members-public-sector <p>Unions representing government workers are expanding while organized labor has been shedding private sector members over the past<br />half-century.<br />&nbsp;<br />A majority of union members today now have ties to a government entity _ at the federal, state or local levels.<br />&nbsp;<br />Roughly 1-in-3 public sector workers is a union member, compared with about 1-in-15 for the private sector workforce last year. That's according to the<br />Bureau of Labor Statistics.<br />&nbsp; Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Associated Press 28612 at http://wuis.org Unions Gain Members In Public Sector Editor Of Dixon Memoir Remembers The Late Senator http://wuis.org/post/editor-dixon-memoir-remembers-late-senator <p style="margin-bottom: 13px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22.5px;" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" xmlns:apcm="http://ap.org/schemas/03/2005/apcm" xmlns:apnm="http://ap.org/schemas/03/2005/apnm" xmlns:o="http://w3.org/ns/odrl/2/"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 14.44444465637207px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon of Illinois has&nbsp;died.</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:13:47 +0000 Associated Press & Bill Wheelhouse 28709 at http://wuis.org Editor Of Dixon Memoir Remembers The Late Senator Beason Murder Site Burned Down http://wuis.org/post/beason-murder-site-burned-down <p>Firefighters have burned down the home where five members of a central Illinois family were beaten to death in 2009. &nbsp;</p><p>Ten members of the Beason Fire Department on Thursday set the small, white, one-story house where Rick and Ruth Gee and three of their children were killed ablaze. Beason is about 30 miles south of Bloomington. &nbsp;</p><p>Beason fire Chief Jim Hubrich told The Pantagraph in Bloomington that the Gee family asked him for help demolishing the house. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency signed off on the plan. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:07:33 +0000 Associated Press 28591 at http://wuis.org AP: Quinn Halts Political Hiring http://wuis.org/post/ap-quinn-halts-political-hiring <p>Gov. Pat Quinn has ordered a moratorium on political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation and is requiring executive-level staff in every state agency to undergo training about proper hiring practices. &nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago Democrat's actions come amid questions about whether state jobs were improperly filled based on clout rather than qualifications. &nbsp;</p><p>The Associated Press obtained copies of memos sent Thursday by Quinn's attorney to IDOT leadership and the heads of all agencies, boards and commissions. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:01:03 +0000 Associated Press 28590 at http://wuis.org AP: Quinn Halts Political Hiring Lower School Age Among New Laws http://wuis.org/post/lower-school-age-among-new-laws <p></p><p>Illinois children are required to attend school at a younger age and young adults seeking driver's licenses must complete training under several new laws effective this week. &nbsp;</p><p>Children must enter kindergarten by the time they are 6 years old under one new law. The previous requirement was 7 years old. State officials say that might mean higher costs for some schools. &nbsp;</p><p>Another new law requires students to learn CPR and how to operate machines used for emergency heart problems. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:47:05 +0000 Associated Press 28516 at http://wuis.org Lower School Age Among New Laws Fmr. U.S. Attorney Named Acting Legislative Inspector General http://wuis.org/post/fmr-us-attorney-named-acting-legislative-inspector-general <p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:44:22 +0000 Associated Press 28426 at http://wuis.org Fmr. U.S. Attorney Named Acting Legislative Inspector General Judge Nixes Term Limit, Remap Initiatives http://wuis.org/post/judge-nixes-term-limit-remap-initiatives <p>A Cook County judge has ruled that signature-driven ballot measures calling for legislative term limits and a new political redistricting process can't appear on the November ballot.<br />&nbsp;<br />Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva says in a Friday ruling the measures don't meet constitutional requirements to make the ballot.<br />&nbsp;<br />The ruling is a setback for groups advocating the measures, including one led by Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner.&nbsp; He's made term limits<br />a cornerstone of his campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:32:24 +0000 Associated Press 28171 at http://wuis.org Judge Nixes Term Limit, Remap Initiatives Rauner's Daughter School Admission Under Scrutiny http://wuis.org/post/rauners-daughter-school-admission-under-scrutiny <p>The issue of how Republican Bruce Rauner's daughter got into an elite Chicago public high school has resurfaced in the Illinois governor's race.</p><p><br />Rauner has maintained that he didn't use his money or influence to get a daughter into Walter Payton College Prep in 2008. Initially, she was rejected despite having top grades. Rauner has said his family appealed through a principals' discretionary process. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:16:30 +0000 Associated Press 28150 at http://wuis.org Rauner's Daughter School Admission Under Scrutiny Illinois Town Considers Privatizing Fire Dept. http://wuis.org/post/illinois-town-considers-privatizing-fire-dept <p></p><p>One of a number of Illinois towns struggling with increasing pension costs wants to save money by shifting control of its fire department to a private company. &nbsp;</p><p>North Riverside officials pitched the proposal at a hearing before state regulators in Chicago on Thursday. Mayor Hubert Hermanek says the move could save $700,000 annually. &nbsp;</p><p>Illinois Municipal League officials say other cities could try similar solutions when the state begins to enforce increasing pension payments in 2016. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:04:46 +0000 Associated Press 28149 at http://wuis.org Illinois Town Considers Privatizing Fire Dept.