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10:17 am
Mon June 29, 2015

IL Gov proposes helping CPS meet payment

        CHICAGO (AP) - A document obtained by The Associated Press shows Gov. Bruce Rauner is offering to accelerate state grant payments to help Chicago Public Schools make a $634 million pension contribution.     A summary of the proposal prepared by the Rauner administration states the Illinois State Board of Education has identified $450 million in grants that could be provided to CPS this week.

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10:10 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Durbin meets with officials in Haiti

       CHICAGO (AP) - The office of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says he has met with officials in Haiti to discuss the status of U.S. assistance programs more than five years after an earthquake killed thousands.      A news release from Durbin's office says he and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida were in Haiti over the weekend. The release says they met with Haiti President Michel Martelly, U.S. Ambassador Pamela White and other officials.

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10:04 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Donald Trump scheduled to address City Club

Credit Gage Skidmore

       CHICAGO (AP) - Donald Trump is making a stop to address the City Club of Chicago.       The Republican presidential candidate is scheduled to speak Monday to the group of civic and business leaders.       In recent days, comments he made during his presidential campaign kickoff speech have drawn criticism. Trump accused Latino immigrants of bringing drugs and crime to the U.S. and called for building a wall along the border. In response, Univision said it'd drop the Miss USA pageant and cut all business ties with the billionaire. Trump says he was only criticizing U.S.

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State News
9:50 am
Mon June 29, 2015

4 rabid bats found in Cook County

Credit cdc.gov

   ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - Health officials say four rabid bats have been found so far this year in Cook County and they are warning people to learn how to avoid contact with the virus.     Sean McDermott of the Cook County Department of Public Health says no one was exposed to rabies by that bat.      But McDermott says a Cook County child earlier this year touched a dead bat found to be infected. The child was treated and remains healthy.      McDermott says people should never handle wild animals, dead or alive.

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State News
9:28 am
Mon June 29, 2015

No homicides in 40 months for some Chicago areas

       CHICAGO (AP) - While Chicago's homicides are much documented, four of the city's neighborhoods have had none in the past three-plus years.      Mount Greenwood on Chicago's southwest side and Edison Park, Forest Glen and North Park to the north have all gone at least three and a half years without a homicide. Mount Greenwood hasn't had one since 2005.      Austin has become the Chicago community with the most homicides, with more than 500 over the last 14 years.       Bob Tracy is chief of crime strategy for the Chicago Police Department.

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State News
9:12 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Chicago's Pride parade has renewed celebratory feel

Credit bestgaychicago.com

      CHICAGO (AP) - People filling streets and sidewalks for Chicago's gay pride parade yesterday say the event is extra special this year because of the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage.      The parade follows Friday's ruling allowing the marriages in all 50 states.      Nikita Lowery of Chicago says she decided to attend the parade for the first time this year.

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State News
8:13 am
Mon June 29, 2015

The principles and personalities of Illinois' budget stalemate

Illinois legislators will return to Springfield TUESDAY leaving them a short time to get a budget deal in order. This year's spending plan expires by the end of the day. Not only is there no long-term agreement going into July, there's no sign of a provisional one either.  Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky sums up where things are:

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Government
3:43 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Superintendant says IL needs new school funding rules

The superintendent of Illinois schools says the state should re-do how it funds school districts.

Critics of the plan have said a new formula would create so-called “winner” and “loser” districts - meaning schools may lose or gain state money based on the income of the area.

Superintendent Tony Smith today addressed that criticism on WBEZ’s Morning Shift.

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State News
3:36 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

LGBT advocates celebrate Supreme Court decision on marriage

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Illinois for a year.

L-B-G-T advocates are celebrating today's Supreme Court ruling that says those unions must be recognized nationwide.

Bernard Cherkasov heads the advocacy group Equality Illinois. He says he remembers crying when other states passed laws banning the recognition of same-sex marriage.

"And so now to see this come full circle, and the Supreme Court recognize the constitutional right of gay and lesbian couples to marriage, it feels so great. I can't tell you just how happy I feel."

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State News
1:12 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Ogle County bans electronic cigarettes

  OREGON, Ill. (AP) - Electronic cigarettes will be prohibited in almost all Ogle County public and work places starting July 1. The county's director of health education and emergency preparedness says the ban was motivated by an increase in young people using e-cigarettes. The ban applies to offices, theater, museums, libraries, education institution, schools, enclosed shopping centers, retail stores, restaurants, bar, private clubs and gaming facilities. First-time violators will be fined $100. Businesses will be fined $250 for a first violation.

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