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Environment
7:08 am
Wed November 21, 2012

IL Hunters Take More Deer This Season

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says deer hunters in the state have killed more than 5,000 deer than they did last year. Just in last week’s firearm season opening weekend hunters killed more than 72,000 deer.

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Society
7:33 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Man Dead in Southern Ill. Mining Accident

A worker has died after being trapped in machinery Saturday at a Saline County, Ill., mine. The incident happened at Willow Lake Mine.  The operation, which employs about 460 people, is run by a subsidiary of Peabody Energy Corporation. Peabody Spokesperson Meg Gallagher says 30-year-old Chad Meyers of Goreville died after being pinned by a continuous mining machine he was operating.

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Business
8:16 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Illinois Foreclosure Rate on the Rise

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Illinois' home foreclosure rate rose 6 percent in October compared to the previous month, and was 19 percent higher than in October of last year. A RealtyTrac report released Thursday shows Illinois with almost 15 thousand foreclosure filings last month, the third-highest rate in the nation. Filings include default notices, auction-sale notices and bank repossessions. Nationally, October's foreclosure activity rose 3 percent from the previous month but fell 19 percent from October of 2011.

Environment
8:14 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Illinois Deer Season Ready to Start

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The Illinois firearm deer season begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday.  It will conclude November 29th through December 2nd. Hunters harvested more than 98,000 deer during 2011's seven-day hunt. So far this year, about 334,000 permits have been issued.

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Politics
8:02 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Illinois Attorney General on Voter Rights

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is reminding voters of some basic rights ahead of Tuesday's election. Madigan says voters have the right to vote if they are in line when the polls close at 7 p.m. If a voter makes a mistake or spoils a paper ballot and the voter hasn't cast the ballot, the voter has the right to a replacement ballot. Voters have the right to take unpaid time from work to vote - up to two successive hours - as long as they've applied with their employer before Election Day. However, the employer may choose the time of day.

Business
8:16 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Illinois Starts Employment Security Effort

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The Illinois Department of Employment Security will send emails to 800,000 business leaders and workers to highlight state services. Agency Director Jay Rowell said Wednesday the emails will offer help to companies in hiring, setting wages and building business plans. He says the effort will help get people back to work. 

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Education
7:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Ill. Lt. Governor Says College Should Be Affordable

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Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she supports making college tuition more affordable. She visited the University of Illinois-Chicago Thursday and presented a plan to stop rising tuition costs. She says both state and federal officials need to work together to bring costs down. While at the university, she shadowed two students in a chemistry lab work-study program. Simon’s office says increases in college tuition and fees have outpaced inflation, citing a Pew Research Center report that found students had an average of more than $26,000 in student loans in 2010.

Society
7:48 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Ill. Sees More Foreclosures This Year Than Last

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Illinois foreclosures are up more than 30 percent from the same time last year. A RealtyTrac report shows third-quarter foreclosures totaled more than 42,000. That’s one of every 126 housing units, 4 percent higher than the second quarter.  That puts the state at the fourth highest foreclosure rate in the U.S.  Illinois foreclosures did drop 20 percent in September when compared to August. The three highest foreclosure rates are in Florida, Arizona and California. But nationally, foreclosure filings hit a 5-year low last month. The last time the rate was this low was in December 2007.

Government
3:59 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Judge Files Injunction to Keep Illinois Prisons Open

A southern Illinois judge has again barred Governor Pat Quinn from going forward with his plan to close two prisons. Circuit Judge Charles Cavaness cited safety concerns when he issued the injunction yesterday in Alexander County. It replaces a temporary restraining order he issued last month and requires the prisons to remain open while the administration and a union go through arbitration.

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Politics
7:35 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Voter Registration Deadline Tuesday for Ky., Ill.

Today is the deadline for Kentuckians and Illinoisans who need to register to vote in November’s presidential election.  Mail-in registrations in Kentucky must be postmarked by today to be accepted. Voters who’ve moved since the last election should update their registration today as well. Those who have moved to a different county who don’t update their registration won’t be permitted to vote. To register in Illinois, voters must have lived in their precinct for at least 30 days before the election.

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