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10:00 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Marion council member can't work as police officer

MARION, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois judge has ruled that a local elected official can't also keep his job as a city police officer.  Fifteen-year Marion officer Angelo Hightower won election to the City Council in April. He took a paid leave of absence after the city filed a declaratory judgment seeking his removal from the police force.

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State News
9:52 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Field Museum to host ancient Greek life exhibit

   More than 500 artifacts offering a glimpse of life in ancient Greece are coming to The Field Museum in Chicago this November.      The exhibition is titled "The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great."       The pieces are drawn from the collections of nearly two dozen Greek museums and many of the objects have never been seen outside the country.      Highlights include artifacts from the tombs of Bronze Age rulers of the fortified city of Mycenae.

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State News
9:32 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Red panda cubs born at Lincoln Park Zoo

Leafa nuzzles her cubs, as seen on our red panda web cam.
Credit lpzoo.org

CHICAGO (AP) - For the first time, red panda cubs have been born at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo.  The zoo announced Wednesday the two cubs were born June 26 to 5-year-old Leafa.  Curator of mammals Mark Kamhout says the cubs weight about 5 ounces each. Their genders are not yet known. Kamhout says zoo officials are optimistic about the cubs' future, noting there are vital milestones ahead for them. Experts say although the animals are called pandas and look like raccoons, the cubs are not related to either species.

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State News
9:24 am
Thu July 2, 2015

U of I raises on hold

  URBANA, Ill. (AP) - University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says the school will put off any consideration of raises for the coming school year until the state budget situation is settled. Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats could not agree on a 2016 budget before the fiscal year started Wednesday.

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State News
9:18 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Emanuel's take on Clinton emails

  CHICAGO (AP) - Emails released by the State Department show former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for government correspondence. But Chicago's current mayor wouldn't discuss what he knew on Wednesday. Emails released late Tuesday show Emanuel requested Clinton's email address in 2009.

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Peoria Public Radio News
9:13 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Illinois' total June rainfall record

  CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The state climatologist says Illinois set a record for June rainfall with a statewide average of 9.53 inches last month. State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois says the total was 5.33 inches above the average June rainfall. He says the second wettest June on record was 8.27 inches of rain in 1902. June also came just 0.09 inches of being wettest of any month on record for Illinois. September 1926 had 9.62 inches of rain. Angel says a monthly total of 17.20 inches was reported near Ashkum in Iroquois County.

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State News
7:40 am
Thu July 2, 2015

U of I vet students to help care for state fair animals

Credit Illinois Department of Agriculture

(AP) - The Illinois Department of Agriculture says students from the University of Illinois' College of Veterinary Medicine will help care for animals at the state fair. A release form the department on Wednesday calls the fair a good chance for students to work with large animals. Agriculture director Philip Nelson said the number of people practicing large-animal medicine is in decline. 

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State News
6:38 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Henry Veterans' Walk returns for 2015

Credit City of Henry

(AP) - More than 1,000 American flags line the Veterans' Walk in a park in the Illinois River town of Henry. This Fourth of July holiday is the tenth anniversary of the display, which is continuing to grow. 

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State News
6:22 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Fireworks vendors must be licensed by state

(AP) - Illinois officials say organizations sponsoring fireworks displays for the Independence Day holiday should ensure the vendor presenting them has required state permission. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that a fireworks presenter must have licenses and certificates issued both by that agency and the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The Illinois Explosives Act is administered by IDNR's Office of Mines and Minerals' Explosives and Aggregate Division.

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Government
6:28 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

No budget deal in Springfield

 Illinois state government continues to move into shutdown mode.  That’s after representatives failed to pass a one-month spending plan.  

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