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More tests confirm lead-contaminated water in two SIUE buildings

More tests confirm lead-contaminated water in two SIUE buildings

By Elizabeth Donald | Belleville News-Democrat
August 31, 2016
Filed under SIUE, State

A second round of testing has found that at least two buildings at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville still have high levels of lead in the water. Testing performed earlier in August at SIUE found that water in Lovejoy Library, Rendleman Hall and Metcalf Theater had lead levels exceeding the...

Obama’s commutations include 8 from Illinois

Obama’s commutations include 8 from Illinois

By Katherine Skiba | Chicago Tribune
August 31, 2016
Filed under State

Twenty-four years ago, Chicago's Rudy Martinez told a judge he turned to drug dealing after seeing how hard his mother worked in a laundry for $45 a week. Martinez, who was a 26-year-old North Side gang leader when he was handed a life term in 1992, will be free at year's end thanks to a commutation...

August could be rainiest on record in Illinois

August could be rainiest on record in Illinois

By Kate Thayer | Chicago Tribune
August 30, 2016
Filed under State

August could go down as the wettest on record in Illinois, though the hardest-hit spots have been outside the Chicago area. Rainfall in the southern and western portions of the metro area has been higher than average this month, according to the National Weather Service, and the region has had at...

Illinois emergency room visits increased after Obamacare, study says

Illinois emergency room visits increased after Obamacare, study says

By Lisa Schencker | Chicago Tribune
August 30, 2016
Filed under State

Hospital emergency department visits increased in Illinois after the Affordable Care Act took effect — the opposite of what many hoped would happen under the landmark health care law, according to a new study. "Emergency departments are already overcrowded, and bringing more patients in will continue...

Illinois election officials say hack yielded information on 200,000 voters

Illinois election officials say hack yielded information on 200,000 voters

By Rick Pearson | Chicago Tribune
August 29, 2016
Filed under State

CHICAGO — Illinois State Board of Elections officials said Monday they believe personal information from fewer than 200,000 voters was hacked through a cyberattack of possible foreign origin that began in June and was halted a month later. Ken Menzel, general counsel for the elections board, said...

Illinois governor loses $400 million vote on teacher pension fund issue

Illinois governor loses $400 million vote on teacher pension fund issue

By Kim Geiger | Chicago Tribune
August 26, 2016
Filed under State

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday unsuccessfully waged a last-minute battle to block the Downstate and suburban teacher pension system from making a move that puts cash-strapped state government on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars more in the short term. At issue was whether the Illinois Teachers...

Illinois governor vetoes $15/hour wage for caregivers of developmentally disabled

Illinois governor vetoes $15/hour wage for caregivers of developmentally disabled

By Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune
August 26, 2016
Filed under State

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday used his veto powers on several bills aimed at increasing help for the state's most vulnerable, rejecting measures that would increase wages for workers who care for people with developmental disabilities and expand a child-care program for low-income families. The Republican...

Volunteers from Illinois boost Red Cross relief efforts in Louisiana

Volunteers from Illinois boost Red Cross relief efforts in Louisiana

By Marion Renault | Chicago Tribune
August 26, 2016
Filed under State

When Fran and Frank Cornwell first arrived in Hammond, La., last week, they had a truck full of food to deliver to flood victims but no set route. So the retired couple drove around looking for soggy stacks of drywall, carpeting piled curbside and furniture waterlogged beyond recognition — likely...

Why life insurance benefits have sometimes gone unpaid in Illinois

Why life insurance benefits have sometimes gone unpaid in Illinois

By Becky Yerak | Chicago Tribune
August 25, 2016
Filed under State

Lynn Lucchese-Soto thought she was being scammed when she got a phone call at work earlier this year, supposedly from the Illinois State Treasurer's office, saying that two children she was raising were the beneficiaries of a life insurance policy. Skeptical, the Chicago lawyer hung up, found the...

Illinois groups encourage more gay couples to adopt children, be foster parents

Illinois groups encourage more gay couples to adopt children, be foster parents

By Tyler Davis | Chicago Tribune
August 24, 2016
Filed under State

CHICAGO — With same-sex marriage widely accepted a year after it was legalized by the Supreme Court, some community groups are hoping less rigid attitudes will prompt more gay and lesbian couples to consider fostering or adopting a child. "Across the country and especially in Illinois, we just don't...

Illinois governor signs law to toughen penalties for gun trafficking

Illinois governor signs law to toughen penalties for gun trafficking

By Kim Geiger | Chicago Tribune
August 24, 2016
Filed under State

Traffickers who take advantage of looser laws in neighboring states to illegally import guns to Illinois will face tougher penalties if caught under a measure Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law Tuesday. The new law, which passed both chambers of the General Assembly without opposition, makes it a felony...

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