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7:22 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Working to get kids more sleep

Credit talkdepression.net

Many kids will start school in the next few weeks and that means no more sleeping in. But some experts and parents are trying to get kids more shuteye year-round. They say it could help lower the risk of behavioral issues, obesity and low academic performance. Illinois Public Radio's Mariam Sobh reports.

At 13-years-old Annaliza Hammond should have all of the energy in the world. Instead, her teacher was scolding her for nearly dozing off in class on a daily basis.

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State News
6:58 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Quinn orders state EPA to bar PCB’s from Clinton Landfill

Governor Pat Quinn is ordering the state Environmental Protection Agency to block the disposal of toxic PCB waste at the Clinton Landfill in DeWitt County

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State News
6:47 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Inspector General Finds Old Metra Practice Could Lead To Fatigued Conductors

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 12:30 am

  Officials at Chicago area rail transit agency Metra are being reprimanded for allowing workers to switch shifts without properly filling out paperwork. Illinois' inspector general says this practice could have led to fatigued conductors operating trains.

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State News
4:22 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Two in trouble over State Fair beer tickets

Two individuals are being fined for violating ethics rules in their capacities of running Illinois' two State Fairs.  Both incidents involved free beer tickets.

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State News
12:13 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Attorney: effort to block PCB’s brought on by politics

The site of a former auto shredder operated by Midwest Metallics in Summit, Illinois
Credit Attorney Jeffrey Jeep

An attorney for the Chicago suburb hoping to place PCB's at the Clinton Landfill says efforts to stop them are based on "fear mongering.”  Summit is the site of a former auto shredder.

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State News
7:11 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Union spokesman: "no room to continue discussions" on pensions

Illinois' public employee unions are hinting that legislators passed up their chance to negotiate on pensions. IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports.

What to do about Illinois' soaring pension debt remains a concern, even though legislators passed a law overhauling the state's retirement systems. Its constitutionality is in question.  

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State News
7:03 am
Mon July 28, 2014

SIU officials discussing how to handle sexual assaults on campus

Southern Illinois University’s President says a report from U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill highlighting sexual assaults on college campuses is prompting additional conversations throughout the SIU system. IPR's Jennifer Fuller reports:

SIU President Randy Dunn says there are mixed messages on how to handle sexual assaults on campus. He says law enforcement agencies have set procedures and policies for investigating, while the U.S. Department of Education has issued a separate guidance letter that schools are expected to follow.

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State News
6:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Man aims for ‘Moline-henge’ Sun alignment

When you think of downtown Moline, you probably don't think about an astronomical calendar or any similarity to Stonehenge in England. But that could change soon if Curt Roseman has his way. He calls it "Moline-henge." Illinois Public Radio’s Herb Trix reports:

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State News
5:25 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Hundreds of unaccompanied children placed in Illinois

The U-S Department of Health and Human Services says 305 unaccompanied children caught at the U.S.-Mexico border were placed with Illinois sponsors as of about two weeks ago.   But Republican U-S Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois says hundreds more were at shelters.  

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State News
3:48 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Flat budget affects state police academy

The Illinois State Police graduated 37 state troopers today, the last class the academy will graduate for a while.  As Hannah Meisel reports, state police officials say they can't train more due to the state's budget.

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