Illinois Briefs – 8/28/14

Fracking Rules Available To Public Tomorrow (Springfield, IL) -- The state's new fracking rules are slated to be available to the public tomorrow but oil and gas drillers will have to wait a while longer before applying for a permit. That's because a legislative committee will need to sign off on the rules first. The fracking issue has been the center of intense debate in Springfield over the past couple of years. Supporters say it could lead to an oil boom, which would boost the state's…

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Illinois Briefs – 8/27/14

Top Quinn Aide Resigns (Chicago, IL) -- One of Governor Quinn's top aides is calling it quits. Deputy Chief of Staff Sean O'Shea has just two more days on the job. He's held the post for three years and is responsible for keeping watch over which senior officials are hired at IDOT. The transportation agency has been under scrutiny in recent months for hiring people based on political connections instead of skill. Quinn's office insists that O'Shea is not leaving because of the ongoing hiring…

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Illinois Briefs – 8/26/14

Quinn Hires Tech Chief (Springfield, IL) -- Governor Quinn has hired a new digital director for his re-election campaign. Christopher Hass once worked for President Obama's re-election campaign. He will be responsible for a nine-person crew, which is one of the largest in-house digital teams for a statewide race. Galesburg Teachers Walkout Continues (Galesburg, IL) -- The teachers strike in Galesburg is entering its 13th day. Union leaders are hopeful that a deal can be reached today.…

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West Nile Virus Found In LaSalle

West Nile Virus, the virus spread by infected mosquitoes, has been detected in a mosquito in La Salle. Health department officials say it’s the time of year for increased West Nile virus activity. They say it’s important to protect yourself especially when you’re out at night. They suggest you wear insect repellent and get rid of any stagnant water in your yard.  Symptoms of West Nile include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches, though you may not experience any symptoms. West Nile…

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Illinois Briefs – 08/25/14

Rauner Speaks Out On Recent NRI-Related News (Chicago, IL) -- The Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is taking jabs at the incumbent for the most recent criminal charges linked to Pat Quinn's former anti-crime program. The new accusation involves a one-time Neighborhood Recovery Initiative employee accused of assisting in breaking into six Chicago area homes in 2011. Rauner held a media gathering on Sunday in downtown Chicago where he said that this news is another sign of…

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Bull Riding Highlights Day 3 Of The Bureau County Fair

Bull Riding by the Southern Extreme Bull Riding Association highlights day 3 of the Bureau County Fair in Princeton. The bull riding starts at 7 in the grandstand. Lunch In The Park, normally held at Soldiers & Sailors Park, is being moved to the fairgrounds today only from 11 to 1. The hospitality tent features musical performances from Hit & Miss duo, Double Shot duo and the Generics Goodies band. The band Forgotten Highway performs in the beer garden beginning at 9 tonight. A…

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Illinois Briefs – 8/22/14

Durbin Wants More Options For Paying Student Loans (Edwardsville, IL) -- U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says college grads should be able to refinance their student loan debt. He says many of them didn't realize what they signed up for when they took the loan out, and now they're having trouble paying the loan back. Durbin says refinancing will drop the interest rate and lower the monthly payment amount. He plans to call the measure for a vote in the second week of September. State Sets Up…

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Beach Boys Perform Tonight At The Bureau County Fair

A concert by the legendary band “The Beach Boys” highlights day 2 of the Bureau County Fair in Princeton. The mega event starts at 8 in the grandstand. It’s also “Senior Citizen Day” with admission 2-dollars for those 62 and over. Bingo is played from noon to 2:30 with refreshments provided in the hospitality tent. The hospitality tent also features musical performances from Jack Ness, Alison Coyer and The Generics. The band Forgotten Highway performs in the beer garden following…

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Illinois Briefs – 8/21/14

Rauner Making Last Ditch Effort For Term Limits (Chicago, IL) -- Time is winding down on efforts to get a term limits measure on the November ballot. GOP candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says he's taking his fight to the state's Supreme Court, hoping justices give the measure the green light by tomorrow. That's the last working day before elections officials finalize the ballot so they can get it mailed to people who are overseas or serving in the military. Rauner wants to limit lawmakers…

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159th Bureau County Fair Begins Today

The 159th annual Bureau County Fair begins today at the fairgrounds in Princeton. Gates open at noon, with the carnival starting at 5. Other attractions include a chain saw carving artist, a family magic fun show, new this year; the Galaxy Girl Aerial Thrill Show. A beer garden opens at 5 and tonight’s grandstand event is an Antique Tractor Pull beginning at 6. The highlight of the fair's five-day run is tomorrow night's grandstand concert by The Beach Boys. WZOE-AM 1490 is broadcasting…

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