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Madigan to advance gun control legislation next week

Daily Herald - Illinois - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 8:12pm
State House Speaker Mike Madigan plans to advance a package of gun control legislation next week, including stricter regulation of gun dealers and restrictions on the purchase of military-style assault rifles, the speaker announced Friday after a dizzying week of fallout over his handling of sexual harassment within his political organization.

Murder charges filed in DCFS worker's death

Daily Herald - Illinois - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 5:10pm
A man implicated in the death earlier this year of an Illinois child welfare worker has been indicted on first-degree murder charges

Illinois officials announce plan to stabilize mine

Daily Herald - Illinois - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 2:11pm
Illinois officials have a plan to stabilize a mine that collapsed under a school in a southwestern village

Piece of ceiling falls at Illinois State Fairgrounds

Daily Herald - Illinois - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 1:25pm
State officials say a section of ceiling has fallen in the Illinois State Fairgrounds' Livestock Center as the building hosts the Illinois Beef Expo

Illinois man awaits sentencing in nearly $100K elder fraud

Daily Herald - Illinois - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 4:18am
An Illinois man is set to be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to charges that he defrauded an elderly person out of nearly $100,000

Bloomington man gets 30-year sentence in death of son

Daily Herald - Illinois - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 8:57pm
A Bloomington, Illinois man was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder in the death of his infant son.

Former county commissioner named to lead Illinois Tollway

Daily Herald - Illinois - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 8:56pm
The Illinois Tollway has a new executive director

Springfield High School plans extra security, bag searches

Daily Herald - Illinois - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 7:56am
Springfield High School plans to have extra security and metal detectors in place Thursday in response to a threat circulating on social media

More rains forecast for Illinois as flooding continues

Daily Herald - Illinois - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 7:48am
Flood warnings remain in effect for rivers in central and northern Illinois after heavy rains earlier this week as National Weather Service forecasters say more precipitation is expected

Politically connected tollway employee's last job? Selling office furniture in 2001

Daily Herald - Illinois - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 4:53am
A politically connected Illinois tollway employee hired last year for an important $80,016 engineering department job last worked in 2001 as an account executive selling office furniture. Laura Durkin is the agency's general manager of engineering and sister-in-law to Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs. Tollway officials recently released Laura Durkin's resume to the Daily Herald after withholding it for weeks.

Democrats for governor largely focus on Rauner, Trump

Daily Herald - Illinois - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 9:37pm
SPRINGFIELD -- Democrats running for Illinois governor largely avoided sparring with each other in a debate Wednesday, focusing their ire on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's record on the budget and infrastructure and on President Donald Trump's first year in office.Presumed front-runner J.B. Pritzker and state Sen. Daniel Biss, whose middle-class populist approach has gained him ground, traded the expected jabs over issues such as each one's past actions to address the state's deep pension debt, a back-and-forth resulting from a question about relations with state workers which drew an angry demand from candidate Bob Daiber that candidates answer the question asked.Chris Kennedy, often mentioned along with Pritzker and Biss as a top contender, missed the debate at the University of Illinois at Springfield after his physician advised against travel due to a recent back injury.The primary is March 20. On the GOP side, Rauner faces a challenge from state Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton.GUNSLast week's mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, prompted Pritzker to call for a ban on assault-style weapons, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines.Meanwhile, Daiber, an educator from Madison County, advocated buzzer-activated access to schools and high-tech window film to prevent them from being shot out. Anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman pledged to work with federal and state law enforcement agencies to stem the flow of illegal weapons from other states.But several candidates, including Pritzker and Biss, singled out Rauner, blaming him for a three-year budget stalemate that decimated programs for mental health treatment and other social services."Bruce Rauner has been unwilling to stand up and fund human services that people rely on for help," Pritzker said, "and without them, people become desperate."MICHAEL MADIGAN AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONSPritzker took the brunt of criticism from the other candidates because he has not said whether long-term House Speaker Michael Madigan, also the Illinois Democratic Party chairman, should step aside over his handling of two cases of campaign workers accused by women of sexual harassment."He's lost my faith in his ability to lead the party and ... he's been there too long, he has too much power," said Biss, claiming Pritzker didn't mention the issue publicly for days because he was awaiting permission from Madigan, the longest-serving state House speaker in the nation's history.Pritzker said an independent investigation that Madigan has approved will identify where blame should fall. He labeled Biss' claim "utterly ridiculous," contending Biss was first elected to office in 2011 with Madigan's help and has taken "tens of thousands of dollars" from Madigan-controlled campaign committees and "from Springfield insiders, bankers and lobbyists."Daiber called the dust-up "political nonsense" and touted his ability to negotiate with adverse parties."There's not going to be an independent investigation of this guy. He's going to be there," Daiber said.LEGIONNAIRES' CRISIS AND INFRASTRUCTUREThe candidates ridiculed the governor's handling of repeated outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease since 2015 at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy, which has led to the deaths of 13 residents and sickened dozens more. Candidates accused Rauner of being bereft of vigilance and accountability. Biss promised an honest budget "with adequate resources to do the job the state has a moral responsibility to do."

Illinois creates searchable database to locate active liens

Daily Herald - Illinois - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 8:58pm
It just got easier for Illinois residents to look for tax liens

Flood warnings remain in parts of Illinois after heavy rains

Daily Herald - Illinois - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:28am
Flood warnings remained in effect for parts of northern, eastern and central Illinois after heavy rains combined with melting snow soaked the region

Illinois to pick state's '200 greatest' to mark bicentennial

Daily Herald - Illinois - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 8:54pm
Illinois residents are invited to help choose the 200 greatest people, place and things in state history as part of Illinois' bicentennial celebration

Illinois sees flood warnings as snow melts, heavy rains fall

Daily Herald - Illinois - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 8:15pm
Melting snow and heavy rains have prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings for parts of northern Illinois and flood watches for central Illinois

Senate plan would require rear-facing car seats until age 2

Daily Herald - Illinois - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 5:18pm
The Illinois Senate forwarded a measure Tuesday tightening car seat regulations in an effort the sponsor says will better protect children in the event of a collision

Brothers from St. Louis accused in Glen Carbon death

Daily Herald - Illinois - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 3:36pm
Two brothers from St. Louis have been charged in the death of an acquaintance whose body was found in Glen Carbon, Illinois

Man who died in Yellowstone in 2017 was looking for treasure

Daily Herald - Illinois - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:16am
A 53-year-old Illinois man who fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park last year was looking for a supposed hidden cache of gold and jewels

Preliminary recommendations for 2018 antlerless quotas to be developed at March County Deer Advisory Council meetings

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:09am
MADISON--County Deer Advisory Councils will begin spring meetings in mid-March to start the antlerless harvest quota and permit-setting process for the 2018 deer seasons. Various deer season structure options for each county will also be discussed by councils. - - All Council meetings are open to the public, including opportunity to provide feedback, as each council develops their preliminary recommendations for the deer seasons. A meeting schedule [PDF] is available on the CDAC web page at dnr.wi.gov, search keyword "CDAC."

Newly upgraded tool from DNR helps avoid wetland disturbance

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:09am
- - MADISON -- The first step land owners, developers and builders need to take before picking up a shovel or calling in the bulldozers is determining whether a proposed project site is located within a wetland. A new upgrade to the Department of Natural Resource's interactive wetland indicator map will make it easier to determine if a project has the potential to impact wetlands. - - "The advantage of this new upgrade is to target potential wetlands on a land owner's property to avoid any inadvertent wetlands disturbance during development and avoid unnecessary wetland delineation costs," says Amanda Minks, DNR Waterway and Wetland Policy Coordinator.