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5:07 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Frat members won't get jail time for student's death

An attorney for the family of a Northern Illinois University student who died after a party, says five fraternity members charged in his death won't face jail time per plea agreements.

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3:56 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Data Trackers: License Plate Scanning Technology Raises Privacy Questions

License plate readers are mounted on two Springfield police squad cars.

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 2:56 pm

It doesn’t take much time at all, fractions of a second, to be marked and mapped, recorded and reported.

The automatic license plate reader cameras don’t look like much — just a pair of strobe lights on the back of a squad car, or maybe a cartoon character, depending on whom you ask.

“We had little kids call them ‘Wall-E,’” says Springfield Police Sgt. Charles Kean, whose department has been using the technology on two squad cars since 2013. The reference is to a lovable animated robot, the titular character from a 2008 Disney film.

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3:47 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Sheriff describes security lapse that led to Kankakee escape

The Kankakee County sheriff says documents showing staff conducted a count of inmates at lockdown time were falsified the night that a detainee attacked a guard and escaped.

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3:07 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Pharmacists affected by proposed Medicaid cuts

Illinois residents are getting a better idea of how new state government budget cuts will affect them.  That’s after the governor and lawmakers approved a plan to fix a 1.6 billion dollar budget hole.  

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2:47 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Bill allows students to opt out of state tests

Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would protect students and their schools from being "negatively impacted" if they choose not to take state assessment tests.

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2:29 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

There's More Than One Way To Skin A School Budget

These students are pictured on Cairo School District's website.

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:59 am

I should begin with a word of warning: This story contains several F-words -- and by that, I mean facts, figures and school funding formulas. These have been known to befuddle the very state officials in charge of understanding this stuff. For example, here’s Curt Bradshaw, a third-year member of the Illinois State Board of Education (commonly referred to as ISBE), thinking out loud at the last board meeting: 

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12:20 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Oprah's household items going to highest bidder

Oprah Winfrey is selling the furniture, artwork, household items and clothing that once filled her Chicago home.

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12:10 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Illinois budget cuts include $106 million less for Medicaid

Cuts to Medicaid will make up about one-third of the $300 million in spending reductions by Gov. Bruce Rauner's office as part of a budget fix for this fiscal year.

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11:39 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Settlement OK'd in dispute to put toxic waste over aquifer

A central Illinois county has approved a settlement with a landfill company, stemming from a dispute over failed plans to store toxic PCBs in the facility over an aquifer.

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10:42 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Foster care counseling, job training cut from proposed IL budget

Credit Illinois DCFS

Young adults in foster care could see services like job training and educational assistance cut.  Republican Governor Bruce Rauner didn't include those programs for 18-to-21-year-olds in his proposed budget.

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