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The owners of the Chicago Cubs are trying to prevent small time vendors outside the park from selling counterfeit goods during the team’s playoff run. The Cubs and Major League Baseball filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against three dozen people for allegedly selling counterfeit Cubs gear around Wrigley Field.  

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Investigators who believe a missing teenager and her newborn were kidnapped by the teen's stepfather have released new details that heighten concerns about the baby and mother's health.  The Madison County Sheriff's Office says the stepfather is an outdoorsman and left the area equipped with tents, suggesting they are living in poor conditions. 

Chicago police say they have arrested more than two-dozen people in connection with sales of heroin laced with the painkiller fentanyl, which is being blamed for a sharp increase in overdose deaths.  Police say a series of raids took place throughout the day Thursday led to 25 arrests by late that night. 

An attack on an Illinois state senator has led to murder charges in the death of a Georgia man.  Former NFL player and Democratic Sen. Napoleon Harris was attacked Sept. 6 as he made a pizza delivery from his restaurant in Harvey. 

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The Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois is assembling an exhibition of art from Africa's Swahili coast.  Organizers say it demonstrates the interconnectivity of East Africa, the Arab world, and Asia. The exhibition is titled "World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean." It opens in the fall of 2017.

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The annual Community Health Needs Assessment published this week shows the tri-county region’s top areas of concern are healthy behaviors and mental health. The joint assessment between UnityPoint and OSF HealthCare includes three-year implementation plans to address the public health concerns raised by the study.  

Heidelberg Hearing Takes a Turn

Sep 22, 2016
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A startling turn of events stirred an emotional scene in what was expected to be a pretty mundane hearing in Peoria County Court Thurs. Peoria Public Radio’s Cass Herrington reports on 73-year-old Cleve Heidelberg’s efforts to be exonerated after nearly half a century in prison.

Illinois’ Public Health Director has been ordered to add post-operative chronic pain as a qualifying condition for the state medical marijuana program.  Cook County Circuit Judge Neil Cohen has given Nirav Shah thirty days to act. 

A lawyer for a former Chicago court staff attorney fired after donning a robe and hearing real cases on the bench, says a grand jury could indict her soon.   Rhonda Crawford's lawyer, Victor Henderson, says an impaneled grand jury could indict her before November's election. Crawford is running for a judgeship. 

Attorneys representing the widow of Ernie Banks have withdrawn from a lawsuit over the late Chicago Cubs great's estate.  Elizabeth Banks has been contesting a will that Banks signed three month before he died in January 2015. It left his inheritance to Regina Rice, a longtime friend who took care of his financial affairs.

An agreement shows that a privately funded renovation of the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield will follow wage and bidding rules required of traditional taxpayer-funded construction projects.

The former president of Chicago State University will receive half of his $600,000 severance package by Oct. 1.  Under Thomas Calhoun Jr.'s deal he will receive the other payout in January. The school's trustees approved a separation agreement with Calhoun on Friday. 

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to be on the lookout for possible cases of a virus that can cause die-offs of white-tailed deer.  Wildlife officials are especially interested in reports of sick or recently dead animals from which staff might be able to collect samples to test. 

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The Illinois Supreme Court today issued an opinion striking down a law that cut civil juries in half. The law would also have hiked juror pay. 

When they passed it in 2014, legislators argued that having fewer jurors made the higher pay affordable. But critics say really, it was a thinly-veiled parting gift to trial lawyers from Democrats while they still controlled the governor's mansion.

The thought being, that smaller juries would be prone to paying out higher awards in personal injury cases. 

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A 49 year-old Peoria man has been declared a Sexually Violent Person, or SVP. Kirk Burks was already a registered sex offender.

 

He was convicted in 2008 of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual abuse against 18 and 15 year old women. Burks was also convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in 1992 against three girls, 13 years old and younger.

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You may not recognize the name Tim Nugent. But his contributions to the University of Illinois’ flagship campus have made a huge impact on thousands of graduates in Champaign-Urbana,  and at other institutions, since the late 1940’s.

Caterpillar Launches New Consumer Product Line

Sep 22, 2016
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The world’s largest heavy equipment maker is scaling down a little for its latest product line.

 

The Caterpillar RP Series of portable generators are the first products released under the company’s new venture called Cat Home & Outdoor Power. It’s the first time Caterpillar is making consumer grade equipment.   

 

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The University of Illinois has received a relatively glowing financial report from Moody's Investor Service. But it comes with warnings.  In a just-released report, Moody's analysts commend administrators for having years ago prepared to weather fiscal storms like the one higher education's facing now.

Efforts to open an Amish history museum in Illinois are underway. The oldest-known Amish house in the state was moved to a site set aside for the project west of Chesterville by plow horses and a diesel truck.  The 1866 farmhouse, and another that dates back to 1882, will be restored to form part of the new Illinois Amish Museum and Heritage Center.

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Teachers in the nation's third-largest school district are casting ballots on whether they support a strike.  Members of the Chicago Teachers Union began voting for a strike authorization today. Voting lasts through Friday. Union officials say the results won't be available right away. 

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Cook County attorneys say it will take a few weeks to implement a proposal to hold juvenile probable cause hearings on weekends and holidays.  Attorneys for the county, and for Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans, presented a proposed administrative order requiring juvenile probable cause hearings every day of the year.

Illinois will receive nearly $1.8 million to help low-income students take advanced placement tests.  The U.S. Department of Education announced that it has awarded the grants as part of efforts to boost college and career-readiness for underserved students. 

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The headstones of Lydia Moss Bradley and her father Zeally Moss received honorary markers yesterday from the Daughters of the American Revolution. The family burial site and headstones in Springdale Cemetery now have permanently affixed markers recognizing Zeally Moss as a soldier in the Revolutionary War and Lydia Moss Bradley’s headstone as a Real Daughter. The Real Daughter designation identifies those whose fathers were soldiers. Zeally Moss saw the surrender of Cornwallis in the Revolutionary War.

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Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, is headlining a campaign fundraising event in Peoria next week.

An invitation obtained by Peoria Public Radio says the 34-year-old businesswoman will meet constituents during a luncheon Wed. in an undisclosed location. The invite says the location will be released to those who register for the minimum $500 per person luncheon.

Considering the Future of Peoria Stadium

Sep 21, 2016
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About 100 people attended the meeting on the future of Peoria Stadium last night. It started with a self-guided tour which was an opportunity to see the 100 year old stadium and 80 year old track.

  During the meeting Peoria District 150 administration made it clear, the idea of repurposing of the property to a commercial big-box store was no longer a consideration, because it was unacceptable to the community.

Governor Bruce Rauner has gotten a lot of traction with his push for term limits. Voters seem to love the idea just as much as legislators hate it, even if the governor's plan doesn't seem all that practical. 

An Illinois State Museum site in suburban Chicago is scheduled to reopen after being closed due to the state budget impasse.  The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery is scheduled to open Saturday.  Gov. Bruce Rauner closed the Lockport location, the main state museum in Springfield and other satellite sites last year. 

A Chicago federal judge has sentenced an Illinois man to 21 years in prison for plotting to attack a U.S. military facility with his cousin.  Jonas Edmonds of Aurora was sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner is gearing up for the Land of Lincoln's 200th birthday. Illinois became the nation's 21st state on Dec. 3, 1818.  Rauner says the bicentennial will be a chance to "celebrate Illinois' contributions to the country and the world and plan for our next 200 years of innovation and achievement."

Microbrewery On Tap to Open Sept. 26

Sep 20, 2016
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A Springfield-based restaurant and craft brewery is opening its second location in Peoria next week. Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery and Eatery announced it's set to open Mon., with a ceremony that includes comments from Mayor Jim Ardis and Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

Obed & Isaac's first location is just a few blocks away from the Governor's Mansion in the capital city. A spokesperson for the parent company, Conn's Hospitality Group, says Gov. Rauner is a regular, and he typically orders the brewery’s black IPA.

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