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Government
3:39 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

State budget impasse likely lasting to August

Illinois will likely enter the month of August without a full year budget plan in place.  The longer the impasse continues, the more the impact will be felt.  

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State News
10:30 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Illinois high school creates anti-bullying scholarship

Credit William Fremd High School / D211

PALATINE, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago woman has left $50,000 to a scholarship fund at a Palatine high school honoring her son, who endured bullying when he attended 40 years ago. Jeanne Trout left the money to The John Trout Anti-Bullying Scholarship at Fremd High School when she died earlier this month at age 94. 

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Business
9:31 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Big pharmaceutical deals on the horizon

UNDATED (AP) - Allergan, the Dublin-based pharmaceutical giant, announced Sunday it has agreed to buy Naurex, a developer of drugs for depression and other central nervous system disorders, for $560 million. Naurex, based in Evanston, Illinois, is privately held. Naurex's drugs are being tested in clinical trials but are not yet approved for sale. The announcement comes among reports that Allergan is in talks to sell its enormous generic drug division to Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

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State News
9:18 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Podiatrist donates shoes to Fairdale tornado vicitms

A scene in Fairdale, IL soon after the April 9, 2015 tornado that killed two people.
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  FAIRDALE, Ill. (AP) - A northern Illinois podiatrist has donated dozens and dozens of pairs of shoes to help the victims of an April tornado in the town of Fairdale. The April 9 tornado killed two women and caused $7.9 million in damages to dozens of properties in the unincorporated community of about 150 people.  Katherine Bailey has podiatry offices in Oregon and Rochelle. She  donated the shoes and insoles, which can cost up to $150 combined. They were distributed last week at the nearby Kirkland Fire Department during a Fairdale community meeting.

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Higher Education
9:09 am
Mon July 27, 2015

U of Illinois hires firm to rebrand

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois is paying the public relations firm Edelman more than a half-million dollars to develop a campus branding plan and re-examine the school's public affairs structure. The the University of Illinois Foundation, which is in charge of fundraising, is paying for the $550,000 Edelman branding contract. The firm was hired in April as the university prepares for a major fund drive set to begin in 2017. Chancellor Phyllis Wise says the expense is necessary because the right branding is important to the overall campus.

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State News
9:03 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Illinois' still overcrowded prisons house fewer people

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - New state data show that the number of people incarcerated in Illinois prisons has fallen in recent years but facilities still remain overcrowded. The most recent report on Illinois Department of Corrections facilities shows the agency held 47, 483 inmates in May. That's the lowest in five years when the department reported 47,150 inmates behind bars. The peak was in January 2013 with more than 49,320 inmates. The state prison system's facilities are designed to house 32,000 prisoners. Gov.

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Education
8:53 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Bequeath funds anti-bullying scholarship

  PALATINE, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago woman has left $50,000 to a scholarship fund at a Palatine high school honoring her son, who endured bullying when he attended 40 years ago. Jeanne Trout left the money to The John Trout Anti-Bullying Scholarship at Fremd High School when she died earlier this month at age 94. John Trout's classmates created the fund in preparation for their 40th reunion this year. The scholarship goes to two students - one who has been bullied and one who was stood up to bullies. John Trout died four years ago of a heart attack at age 53.

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Higher Education
8:41 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Some NIU employees look join AFSCME

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - Nearly 650 workers at Northern Illinois University have signed a petition and filed it with the state labor board asking to unionize. The workers want to organize under American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents other NIU employees and about 5,000 other state university workers.

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State News
7:05 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Archbishop Says Protecting Earth From Climate Change Is 'Moral Obligation'

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 6:10 am

Chicago’s archbishop says protecting the earth from climate change due to pollution is a moral obligation.

Archbishop Blase Cupich toured Old St. Mary’s School in the South Loop last week with the Environment Protection Agency’s top official. There, he talked about the need to push back on smog and other factors that are contributing to climate change.

Cupich says the church’s stance is in line with its pro-life philosophy.

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State News
6:20 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Illinois, Missouri senators vote to re-authorize Ex-Im Bank

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All four U.S. Senators from Illinois and Missouri voted in favor of re-authorizing a federal bank that helps U.S. companies compete globally.  Their vote came during a rare Sunday session and would attach the bank language to the Senate’s six-year Highway bill.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Jim Howard Reports.

 

 

 

Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk sponsored the amendment to re-authorize the Export-Import Bank, as part of the Highway bill.  The Bank’s charter expired in June.  Tea Party Republicans oppose the bank, calling it corporate welfare.  Democrats and mainstream Republicans say the bank helps U.S. companies.  The Senate Highway proposal authorizes spending for six-years, but only guarantees funding for three.  

 

Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt says while he would like to see guaranteed funding for the entire plan, the measure is better than another short-term fix. 

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