Noel, MO - It’s almost 9 a.m., and Noel Primary School teacher Erin McPherson is helping a group of Spanish-speaking students complete English language exercises. But it’s tough going.
One student in a bright blue T-shirt – 9-year-old Isac Martinez – has not yet picked up his pencil. He’s clearly sick. When McPherson asks him what’s wrong, Isac’s small voice is barely audible in between coughs. He says he threw up four times last night but did not go to a doctor.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the shaking with a measured magnitude 3.2 in northern Illinois was a blast and not an earthquake.
USGS geophysicist Don Blakeman also says it appears Monday afternoon's blast came from within a rock quarry but that the exact location of the blast had not yet been determined. He says that all indications so far leads experts to believe that the blast came from the quarry. That includes that the epicenter is in an area close to the quarry.
A key Illinois business leader says the state is facing tough competition when it comes to keeping jobs. Greg Baise is President of the Illinois Manufacturer's Association. He says controversial legislation in Illinois that would offer tax breaks to certain firms is an effort to keep pace.
Among the firms, agribusiness leader Archer Daniels Midland, which wants to move it's corporate headquarters from Decatur to a larger city. Illinois and other states are wooing the company with promises of tax incentives.
State Farm Insurance Co. says it will likely move at least some of its claims services employees out of Bloomington.
State Farm spokeswoman Holly Anderson said Friday that the company told employees this week that the potential move is being studied.
The Bloomington-based company wouldn't say how many workers could be involved, where the jobs could be moved to or when. The Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington reported that as of 2011 1,600 people worked at the center where the claims workers are based.
The rolling plains of Midwest farm country are being tapped for their natural resources again. This time, though, the bounty would be wind energy, instead of corn, wheat or soybeans.
Houston-based utility company Clean Line Energy Partners wants to produce a massive amount of wind energy on the plains. To do that, the company plans to build five large-scale high voltage transmission lines that would criss-cross the country, three of which would bring energy from Midwestern windmills to the energy grid to the east.
The University of Illinois plans to open an office in China later this year.
Pradeep Khanna is associate chancellor for corporate international relations at the school. Khanna tells The News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1ahCsrT) that the university plans to hire up to three employees for the new office in Shanghai.
A delegation of University of Illinois alumni is traveling to Beijing and Shanghai next week. The group of about 50 people will meet with alumni and visit companies and universities that have partnerships with UI.
Friday marks the kick off of the Route 66 Film Festival in Springfield. We bring you a conversation with Hugh Moore & Lana Wildman about that and a look at a couple of the films from Illinois that will be featured there:
CLICK HERE for more information about the fest, which runs Friday, November 1st to Saturday, November 2nd. You can also email Route66FilmFestival@gmail.com to get tickets for both days at a reduced price.
Listen to the complete 75th Anniversary re-creation of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre broadcast of 1938.
H.G. Wells' classic tale of invaders from Mars, originally adapted for radio for Halloween in 1938, as performed at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield from the original Welles script and featuring live sound effects.
CAST: Gus Gordon, Tony Libri, Don Schneider, Johnny Molson, Bob Murray, Flynn Hanners, Jim Leach, and Bryan Boes.
An audit finds the agency that keeps track of all of Illinois state property does a poor job. Auditor General William Holland's review Thursday shows the Department of Central Management Services' inventory includes only a fraction of what the state controls. The review says the department has made little progress in developing a computerized list.
New legislation would bring jobs to Decatur as a condition for Archer Daniels Midland Company to receive state incentives it wants to keep its headquarters in Illinois.
State Sen. Andy Manar introduced an amendment Thursday to require the company to relocate at least 100 jobs from out of state to Decatur and hire at least 100 new full-time employees a year in the city for five years.
ADM announced earlier this year it will move its 100-employee global headquarters out of Decatur. ADM is reportedly considering Chicago and other cities.
After a four-hour manhunt, authorities have recaptured an inmate who escaped from jail in Decatur just as he was to begin serving a prison sentence for aggravated battery. Schuyler McCoy escaped from the Macon County Jail at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday by identifying himself to correctional officers as a different inmate who was in the process of being released on bond. Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider says a search began as soon as officers realized the error. U.S. Marshalls took part.
A final recommendation is still pending but the U.S. Department of Energy has said in a report that the FutureGen project in Morgan County should go ahead. The agency released the final environmental study on Wednesday. It says the clean-coal project should receive $1 billion in federal funding. The State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/17uijEH) a final decision on if the $1.65 billion project should come by the end of the year.
Illinois schools and school districts get report cards Thursday. Many will appear to have suffered a significant drop in student achievement. But state officials say that’s just because they’ve changed how students are evaluated.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; during the fall veto session, doctors traveled to Springfield to show state legislators how 3D mammography (the scientific term is tomosynthesis) works, and its benefits.
A man about to be sent to prison for aggravated battery has escaped from the Macon County Jail in Decatur.
The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports (http://bit.ly/1aISpvu ) that 25-year-old Schuyler McCoy escaped Wednesday and police have begun a search.
Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider tells the newspaper that McCoy escaped around 1:30 p.m. after identifying himself to correctional officers as a different inmate who was in the process of being released on bond.
You may be queuing up some scary movies on Netflix to get into the spirit of Halloween this week. But for some, interests in ghosts lasts all year 'round. Carl Jones started the Prairieland Paranormal Consortium and teaches classes at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield about the paranormal.
The Springfield-area is home to numerous ghost-hunting groups that investigate hauntings year round. As you might imagine, after going on hundreds of paranormal explorations - investigators start to acquire a few scary stories. WUIS recently caught up with two area paranormal investigators who were on site at one of Springfield's most notoriously haunted locations. If the evidence captured from that night doesn't scare you, perhaps their tales of their own run-ins with ghosts will.
Two state senators say partisan bickering over the state's budget should be set aside for the sake of Illinois residents.
Park Ridge Democrat Dan Kotowski and McHenry Republican Pam Althoff touted the results of a survey of Illinois residents at a Tuesday news conference in Chicago.
Kotowski says both Democrats and Republicans want many of the same things out of the state's budget. That includes more of the state's budget being put toward growing businesses, ensuring public safety and improving infrastructure.
An attorney for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says an administrative problem forced the Illinois Democrat to temporarily leave a federal prison where he was trying to begin his sentence early for illegally spending campaign money.
The former congressman then spent Monday night at a hotel and reported to prison again Tuesday morning.
C.K. Hoffler told reporters in Atlanta Tuesday that she was contacted by Bureau of Prisons personnel and asked to pick Jackson up about two hours after dropping him off at the North Carolina prison.
Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has reported to a North Carolina federal prison to serve a 2 1/2-year prison term for misusing campaign funds. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke declined to offer details, including when Jackson reported to prison. Court documents were never clear about when Jackson must report. In her sentencing order written earlier this year, A federal judge in Washington said only that he would have to surrender no earlier than Nov.1.
Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. said today that its third-quarter earnings more than doubled partly on increased profit margins on ethanol. But the Decatur-based company says its results fell short of last year when adjusted to exclude an inventory credit.
Revenue fell 2 percent but beat analysts' forecasts. Net income was $476 million, or 72 cents per share, up from $182 million, or 28 cents per share, a year earlier.
Few people these days can tell you much about former Illinois Governor Otto Kerner other than he spent time in prison. But there was more to the man who oversaw state government from 1961 to 1968. This Saturday, an all day conference in Springfield will focus on Kerner, looking at his professional accomplishments, his trial and conviction and his private life.
The event, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, will include journalists, politicians and even members of Kerner's family.