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CHICAGO (AP) - A 2006 donation from Illinois gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker to ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's re-election is raising questions. 

Fate of Illinois' DACA Recipients Hangs in the Balance

Sep 6, 2017
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The Trump Administration's decision to end a program that protects thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation is causing concern among students in Chicago.

Defense Lawyers Seek to Leave Zhang Murder Case

Sep 5, 2017

Lawyers for Brendt Christensen, the 27-year-old man accused of kidnapping Yingying Zhang, are asking a judge’s permission to withdraw from the case.

Attorneys Thomas, Evan and Anthony Bruno have been representing Christensen, who’s accused of kidnapping U of I visiting scholar Yingying Zhang.

Jesse Jackson Criticizes DACA Decision

Sep 5, 2017

Reverend Jesse Jackson Senior denounced President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – or DACA.

The program shields about 800-thousand people who came to the United States illegally as children.  

Jackson led a civil rights discussion at Northern Illinois University today as part of a statewide tour. He says ditching DACA could mean mass deportations.

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In response to President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a pastor in Peoria is urging his parishioners to keep the faith.  

University of Illinois officials say the decision from President Donald Trump's administration to wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation creates uncertainty for some students.
The university system's president and chancellors of its campuses in Chicago, Urbana-Champaign and Springfield sent a letter to students, faculty and staff Tuesday afternoon. Earlier Tuesday Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the program known as DACA is an "unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch."

It’s been two months since Illinois government finally passed a full budget. Legislators hoped that would accelerate the payment of overdue bills. But the governor’s office is holding that up.

The math seems pretty simple: Illinois is paying interest penalties of 12 percent on some debt. But like refinancing a home mortgage, we could borrow to pay that off at closer to 4 percent.

Gov. Bruce Rauner, however, doesn’t seem to like that idea.

“Just more borrowing — in and of itself, without a plan for repayment — would be a huge mistake.”

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CHICAGO (AP) - State prosecutors say a former Chicago priest should remain locked up at an Illinois facility for sex offenders.

Public Health Event Focuses on LGBTQ Youth

Sep 5, 2017
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An advocacy group that promotes equal rights for gay and transgender people in Peoria is hosting a public health event this weekend, centered on children and teens.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation is looking for temporary employees to help with snow and ice removal this winter. 

The Illinois National Guard is preparing to help out again with another potentially damaging hurricane.

Illinois spent $14 million on planning for state universities' construction projects that have been mothballed.

Illinois schools will be required to teach financial literacy skills such as balancing a checkbook and putting money into a savings account this school year.

Democratic-leaning Illinois is the latest state to direct taxpayer money to private schools. 

Dozens of dogs and cats left homeless by Hurricane Harvey were scheduled to arrive in Waukegan Monday to receive medical care and await adoption. 

Illinois State University says it raised $21.4 million in private dollars during fiscal year 2017 -- the third-best year on record.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Peoria police officers are renting a vacant building and launching a program for young boxers.

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A federal agency has rejected an application by Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. to build a railroad through northern Illinois from Wisconsin to Indiana. 

A Chicago suburb is offering 10 free houses to people in Texas who have lost their homes to Harvey.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking federal help for people in four northern Illinois counties affected by flooding and severe storms this summer. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted seven petitions for clemency and denied 87 others.

David Commanday, conductor of the Heartland Festival Orchestra, is with us to talk about the concert that opens the orchestra's ninth season. Fittingly, the program includes Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Commanday says it's the culmination of Beethoven's symphonic works, and it includes the well-known "Ode to Joy," with its themes of freedom and universal brotherhood.

The Midwest Food Bank is providing a variety of ways for West Central Illinois residents to help support those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

A Chicago-area man is facing terrorism charges after being accused of trying to pay for others to travel to Syria to join Islamic State militants and another group. 

The Salvation Army is supporting one of the largest disaster relief operations in its history. The organization has 71 mobile feeding units from across the nation deployed in Texas.  Salvation Army trained disaster workers are also being deployed and staged in waves to help with the immediate need and ongoing recovery effort that will be necessary.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois National Guard says it's sending seven airmen and a C-130 cargo plane to help with the response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

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Area law enforcement are operating special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” patrols this Labor Day.

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Illinois American Water is preparing to make $5.7 million worth of improvements to its distribution system.

Public Weighs In On Future of Peoria Lakes

Aug 30, 2017
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A coalition of government and environmental groups in the Tri-County region is sailing closer toward finalizing massive projects to improve the Peoria Lakes. The Peoria Lakes Basin Alliance compiled responses from an open house last month that asked residents: “what’s your favorite memory of the Peoria Lakes?”

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More than 500 people turned out for a public forum at Bradley University on the subject of hate groups and the proliferation of hateful acts.

Southern Poverty Law Center Outreach Director Lecia Brooks was the featured speaker. She says the sharp increase in acts of hate are real. She says the First Amendment protects all but people should sit idly by when hate speech comes up: