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2 hrs ago | Sunherald.com

Bronze statue of Roger Ebert to be unveiled

The award-winning film critic died two days later. Visitors to the central Illinois theater that hosts the annual "Ebertfest" film festival he started now may feel like they saw him at the movies.

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Related Topix: Arts, Theater

2 hrs ago | Bellingham Herald

Bronze statue of Roger Ebert to be unveiled

The statue of Ebert sitting between two empty theater seats where visitors can sit will be unveiled during a ceremony later Thursday.

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3 hrs ago | Sunherald.com

Patronage allegations give Quinn challenger fodder

The spotlight on hiring came a day after a complaint filed in federal court by attorney Michael Shakman - whose decades-old court case led to bans on politically based hiring in the Chicago area - alleged improper hiring in the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Related Topix: Pat Quinn, US Governors, Illinois Government, Rod Blagojevich, McDonough County, IL, Cook County, IL

7 hrs ago | Reuters

Probe of Gacy serial killings resolves unrelated 1978 Illinois murder

Illinois investigators trying to put names to the last unidentified victims of executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy have solved the unrelated 1978 disappearance of another man, officials said on Wednesday.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime

7 hrs ago | The Campbell Reporter

George Clooney and Steve Wynn get into spat over politics

George Clooney recently stormed away from a fancy dinner with Steve Wynn after with Las Vegas bigwig called President Obama a word that rhymes with what you'd get if you crossed a bass with a mole.

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Related Topix: Steve Wynn, US News, US Politics, Barack Obama, Democrat, Illinois Government, Entertainment

12 hrs ago | KFVS12

Bill would get Illinois police cruisers on road

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports that state Rep. Brian Stewart's proposal would allocate existing funds to install lights, sirens and other electronics on 85 Chevrolet Caprices that are sitting idle.

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Related Topix: Illinois Government

12 hrs ago | San Francisco Bay View

Voice from Menard: Chicago's racist war against Blacks and Latinos continues in Illinois prisons

The Menard High Security Unit hunger strikers send a message of solidarity to the brothers of the struggle at Pelikan Bay SHU, Ohio Supermax, the Georgia SMU hunger strikers, and all prisoners of consciousness who refuse to bow down to state torture and systemic degradation up in these concentration kamps across Amerikkka.

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14 hrs ago | Lincoln Daily News

Soil moisture levels are high across Illinois

Soil moisture levels in Illinois were high in the middle of April, according to Jennie Atkins, program manager for Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois.

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Related Topix: Weather

18 hrs ago | WIFR

Redeploy Illinois Diverts Teens From Prisons

The Illinois Department of Human Services says a program concentrating on rehabilitating delinquent youth saved the state $60 million in incarceration costs last year.

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Related Topix: Illinois Government

20 hrs ago | Chicago Tribune

Speaker Madigan re-elected Illinois Democratic chairman

As the General Assembly heads into its final month of session, House Speaker Michael Madigan said Tuesday that he doesn't have enough votes lined up yet to extend the state's income tax increase or raise the minimum wage.

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Related Topix: Illinois Government

Yesterday | Patch.com

Illinois Among the 10 States with the Highest Wireless Tax Rate

Illinoisans are no strangers to high taxes. The state has the second highest property tax rate, the fifth highest gas tax and the tenth highest sales tax in the country.

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Related Topix: Illinois Government

Yesterday | Roll Call

Kinzinger, Schock Plead for Immigration Overhaul

Kinzinger says a secure border must be the first step in any immigration overhaul.

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Related Topix: Immigration Reform, Representative Adam Kinzinger, US Politics, US News, Dennis Hastert, Representative Aaron Schock, Republican, US House of Representatives, Illinois Government

Tue Apr 22, 2014

ABC7 Chicago

Pitbull added to Illinois State Fair 2014 lineup

Illinois State Fair organizers decided not to overhaul the state's celebration of agriculture and entertainment for 2014, announcing Tuesday that the theme is "Making Memories" and that popular hip-hop artist Pitbull had been added to the concert lineup.

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Related Topix: Dance, Pop/Rock, Pitbull, Hip-Hop, Agriculture, Science

Morris Daily Herald

Reeder: Political patronage remains a problem in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Several boxes of old index cards turned up the other day that demonstrated politics in the '80s and '90s played a role in people getting hired by Metra, the outfit that operates commuter trains in the Chicago area.

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WLOX-TV Biloxi

Correction: Illinois Medicaid-Overpayments story

The FBI asked for the public's help Tuesday to identify at least 90 potential victims of a suspected child predator who worked at 10 American and other international schools abroad for more than four decades... The FBI is asking for help to identify at least 90 victims of a suspected serial child predator who worked in American schools worldwide ... (more)

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Related Topix: Illinois Government, US News

The Washington Post

Obama names veteran Washington lawyer as White House counsel

President Barack Obama is naming W. Neil Eggleston, a veteran of president Bill Clinton's White House as his new top lawyer, replacing long-time counsel Kathryn Ruemmler who is leaving after three years in the job.

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Related Topix: US News, US Politics, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, US Senate, History in the News, Democrat, Illinois Government

CBS Local

Study: Minority Kids Hit Hardest By Illinois Law

A 32-year-old Illinois law that requires juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory, prevents judges from exercising their judgment and makes it more likely that those who are convicted will commit violent crimes in the future, according to a study due out Tuesday.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Illinois Government, Family, Kids, Cook County, IL

WSIL

Illinois Mayors Urge Police and Fire Pension Reform

Police and firefighter pensions are weighing on city governments in Illinois. On Monday, a group of mayors voiced their concerns in Springfield.

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Related Topix: Pension, Personal Finance, Fire, Retirement

Mon Apr 21, 2014

Daily Chronicle

Durkin contends Obama library unaffordable, impractical for Illinois

Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, of Western Springs, talks with House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, Dec. 3, 2013 during a committee hearing at the Capitol in Springfield.

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Related Topix: Illinois Government, US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Western Springs, IL

Examiner.com

Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois reveals his 2013 taxes

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has released his federal and state tax returns' figures for 2013, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Monday.

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Related Topix: Illinois Government, Pat Quinn, US Governors, Tax

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