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Tollway board approves toll hike

12:10 p.m. CDT, August 25, 2011 Tollway board member Bill Morris of Grayslake was the lone no vote in the tollway rate increase. (Keri Wiginton, Chicago Tribune) By Richard Wronski Tribune reporter The Illinois Tollway board today approved a plan that would nearly double tolls to pay for an ambitious …

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Students show up at Naperville North Drunk

A number of students showed up for the first day of school at Naperville North High School Wednesday appearing to be intoxicated. Some of the students have already been suspended while others are still being talked to about the situation. According to School District 203 Director of Communications Susan Rice, …

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DURBIN DISSES REPORTER’S DOWNGRADE QUESTION

Reporter Wiliam J. Kelly asks Sen. Dick Durbin if he takes any responsibility for the downgrade. Another Chicago “reporter” – Jim Anderson from the Illinois Radio Network – interrupts him and Kelly gets escorted out by a Secret Service Agent – even though he is press in violation of his …

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Local ice cream makers face shutdown by state

By Monica Eng and Chris Borrelli Tribune reporters 4:27 p.m. CDT, August 5, 2011 A few years ago, Kris Swanberg, having been laid-off from her job as a Chicago Public School teacher, remembered she received an ice cream maker as a wedding gift. TheChicago mom fished it out of her …

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Why Illinois Can’t Afford its Poor Dead

Ward Room The state of Illinois has reached a new level of broke. Come Monday, it won’t have enough cash to bury its indigent dead. Illinois officials sent a letter to more than 600 funeral directors around the state to let them know there’s no money for funerals for individuals …

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Questions Raised about Elmhurst Police fight and Tasing

By Dave Matthews, June 20, 2011 The trials for an Elmhurst family charged after a March fight and Tasing at Spring Inn have been pushed to Aug. 1 as their attorney continues to compile witnesses. “Ultimately, we’ll get justice,” attorney Vince Solano said. Solano represents Bryan, Brian and Steven Connell …

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State tightens seat belt law

By Andrew Thomason Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — If you are riding in a vehicle in Illinois — no matter where you are seated — you better be wearing a seat belt. Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday signed legislation making it mandatory for everyone in a vehicle to wear a …

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Amazon Tax, Short-lived?

The Amazon tax, which became law in January, is bad for businesses, workers, and families. Last week, Performance Marketing Associates brought a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Revenue challenging the constitutionality of the law. As far back as last year, executive vice president, Kristina Rasmussen warned that if the …

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Urban Outfitters failed to engage community

MIA PEARSON – The Globe and Mail Word travels quickly when you’ve got a crisis on your hands. Clothing retailer Urban Outfitters learned that social media is more than just a conversation around engaging its brand champions. Stevie Koerner, an independent jewellery maker from Chicago, wrote a blog post last …

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Chicago must pay attorney’s fees after losing in Supreme Court gun ban case.

Before EASTERBROOK, Chief Judge, and BAUER and POSNER, Circuit Judges. EASTERBROOK, Chief Judge. The Supreme Court held in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), that a federal enclave’s ban on operable handguns in the home violates the Constitution’s second amendment. In 2008 the City of Chicago and …

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State pollution board orders Chicago River cleanup

By Michael Hawthorne Tribune reporter 2:42 p.m. CDT, June 2, 2011 The Illinois Pollution Control Board today took the first step toward designating stretches of the Chicago River, Cal-Sag Channel and Little Calumet River safe for “primary contact,” a legal term that includes activities such as kayaking, canoeing, boating, wading …

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City: Expansion of gambling would be bad bet for Aurora

AURORA — The city of Aurora expects gaming tax revenues to be seriously impacted if all the casinos in the state’s proposed gambling expansion bill are built. “It would make it difficult for existing casinos like the one in Aurora to compete,” said city spokesman Kevin Stahr about Hollywood Casino …

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State senator says he was hit by fellow lawmaker

Associated Press 8:02 a.m. CDT, June 1, 2011 An Illinois state senator says he has filed a statement with police alleging he was punched in the chest by a fellow lawmaker. Republican Sen. Kyle McCarter says he was punched by Sen. Mike Jacobs on the Senate floor after a debate …

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Illinois House votes to add 5 casinos, including land-based casino in Chicago; measure now goes to Senate

John Garcia May 30, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — The Illinois House has approved a major expansion to legalize gambling, and it includes five new casinos, including one in Chicago. The bill is expected to move on for a vote in the Senate Tuesday before the legislative session is scheduled to …

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