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Rauner: Dept. Of Agriculture ‘Full Of Cronyism’

GOP candidate for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner says if elected he'd work to overhaul the state Department of Agriculture.  Bruce Rauner is a Winnetka businessman. He told attendees at a forum in Bloomington Wednesday coordinated by the Illinois Farm Bureau that the agriculture department is "full of cronyism'' and has 'folks running things that generally don't have much expertise.'   Rauner has previously criticized agriculture department director Bob Flider  - a former Democratic state lawmaker - for not being a farmer. He says he wants "farmers and farm experts running the Department of..."  [Read more]

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 3:15pm  |
Midday Update: Wednesday, May 27th

The Illinois state police has a new forensics laboratory to help solve crimes.   The metro-east forensic science laboratory opened Tuesday in Belleville, and will provide what officials call state-of-the-art equipment.   State police say the almost $42 million lab will be used to help police agencies throughout the region with everything from firearms to DNA testing. ...  [Read more]

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 2:04pm  |
Murder suspect & victim had previous domestic relationship

MACON COUNTY -- A person has been arrested for first degree murder. Tuesday, investigators responded to Pit Road, in rural Niantic, and found the body of a 53-year old resident of Decatur. Authorities determined the death was suspicious and unnatural. The victim had been reported missing Monday. While determining the victim's identity, police were questioning a person of interest which led to the arrest of the 64-year old suspect. Officials say they believe the victim and suspect were previously involved in a domestic relationship.  [Read more]

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 1:41pm  |
Pregnant Workers To Be Protected Under New State Law

Despite current employment protections, pregnant women in the workplace are still sometimes forced out of jobs in Illinois. The governor Tuesday signed legislation aimed at ending that practice. The law is meant to protect women from losing a job just because they become pregnant. It also requires employers to provide "reasonable accommodations" to pregnant women, such as giving more leeway when it comes to taking bathroom breaks or sitting down at work. Jenny Wittner with the Chicago-based advocacy group Women Employed, says this type of discrimination especially hurts women in lower-paying jobs. "It has a..."  [Read more]

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 11:17am  |
Allerton Park Plans For Future

Allerton Park has launched a planning process to get itself ready for the next generation of visitors. Robert Allerton donated his mansion, forest-land and farms near Monticello to the University of Illinois in the 1940s. Since then, it’s been used as a park and conference center with few changes, except for the construction of a lodge. Allerton Park Director Bruce Branham says they’re now working with an architectural firm… to find ways to enlarge Allerton’s facilities to accommodate larger groups and attract more visitors ---- without spoiling those aspects of the park that make it..."  [Read more]

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:28am  |
Data Breach Reaches More than 1000 Businesses

The Department of Homeland Security saying more than a thousand American businesses were hit by hackers, the same way Target was last December. There's no word yet on how many people were affected. ...  [Read more]

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:13am  |
August 27 Webcast

August 27 Webcast-A recap of this morning's top stories  [Read more]

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:12am  |
Volk Looks Back On Forty Years Running CU Mass Transit

The new bus schedules took effect last week for Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit. And for the first time in 40 years, Bill Volk wasn’t in charge of the roll-out. Volk retired this summer as managing director of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District. His retirement ends a 40 year stint that saw the district grow from a bare-bones service to one of the larger mass transit systems for its population size. Bill Volk (who we should note is a long-time contributor to WILL) was in college when the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District was formed to replace a privately operated bus system. Four years later,..."  [Read more]

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 5:26am  |
The CU Canteen Run

Frank Thomas a volunteer at The CU Canteen Run said "we noticed that there were shelters and people would have to go to them and somebody decided that well maybe we should try to go to where the community lives”. ...  [Read more]

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 12:11am  |
2014 Farm Progress Show

Latest: 10:24 pm, 8/26/14, TuesdayBOONE, IA -- A city grew out of the middle of a cornfield. It's become the 2014 Farm Progress Show. Well over 100,000 people are expected to visit the largest outdoor farm show in the country. Gates opened promptly at 8 am, Tuesday. People from all over the world are there to see farm equipment and the latest in technology. Update: 6:17 pm, 8/26/14, TuesdayBOONE, IA -- Despite some early morning rain, the largest outdoor farm show in the country kicked off Tuesday, in Iowa. Gates at the Farm Progress Show opened promptly at 8 am. It features more than 600 vendors. WCIA-3's..."  [Read more]

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:24pm  |
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