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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The quest to be the next Illinois attorney general is focusing on experience, ideology and gumption. Democrat Kwame Raoul touts his legal and policymaking experience and says Republican Erika Harold is too rigid in her conservative views to effectively manage the post of chief law enforcement officer. Harold says she has the independence and initiative to take on public corruption and insists that her political viewpoint won't impede her defense of current law. They face off is Nov. 6.

 

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — After more than a decade representing a reliably Republican suburban Chicago district, Rep. Peter Roskam is suddenly among the most endangered House Republicans seeking re-election. His long right-leaning record in a safe GOP district may be his toughest opponent. Roskam, who faces Democratic business owner and scientist Sean Casten, is trying to navigate between his past positions and appealing to an electorate that supported Hillary Clinton over President Donald Trump by 7 percentage points.

 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Three women who accused a University of Illinois law professor of sexual misconduct say the university hasn't done enough to protect students or discourage similar misbehavior. The News-Gazette reports that the women say they're upset Jay Kesan remains a tenured faculty member with access to students. The university's Office of Diversity, Equity and Access investigated Kesan after receiving multiple complaints about his behavior.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for using identities stolen from the dark web to defraud businesses of more than $600,000. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Springfield says 25-year-old Keith JD Offord of Carpentersville also was ordered Friday to pay $600,549 in restitution. Offord was convicted in February of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors said he used false ID documents to obtain credit accounts and buy gift cards and merchandise

 

(Bloomington--jc) --The fall season is expected to bring the highest number of vehicular deer collision in Illinois.State Farm Insurance is out with its 16th annual deer collision report and ranks Illinois right in the middle of states for the number of deer accidents. The odds of hitting a deer in Illinois increased this year, but only slightly. Bill Ecker, a State Farm Insurance Agent in Marion, said that chances of hitting a deer double in the fall.

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Secretary of State Jesse White is warning the public about  marijuana-related investment schemes. Investment in marijuana business ventures is becoming more popular, but some opportunities are really just a scam says Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White…

 

 

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White

 

 

SPRINGFIELD – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has added three fascinating Lincoln documents to its collection, thanks to the generosity of a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.The documents illustrate Lincoln’s duties both as an attorney and a president. One is from an 1851 libel case. Another, a note on White House stationery, apologizes for not being able to review troops. The third proclaims a new treaty between the United States and Belgium.The documents were donated by a central Illinois collector who wanted to see them safely preserved and available to future scholars and Lincoln fans.

 

 

(Downs--jc) Want to see the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. The crew is making a stop on Sunday at the McLean County town of Downs on Sunday October 28th. The Wienermobile will be at the Haunted attraction in Downs from 1pm to 2pm on the 28th.

 

 

(Rantoul--jc)  -- The date and time for the village of Rantoul Christmas parade has been set. The event will take place Saturday December First  at 6pm. Parade lineup starts at Rantoul Township High School at 5-15 on the first. The parade heads Chanute Street and then up Sangamon Avenue to the downtown area. Floats, and other entries will be lighted. Downtown businesses will be open for shopping during the annual parade. Santa will be visiting with area children and Mrs Claus will be reading. WPXN will be broadcasting live during the Rantoul parade on Saturday December First.

 

 

(Undated--jc)  -- Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial minute…

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinois is one of 29 states dealing with a stubborn salmonella outbreak.The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting five cases of multi-drug resistant salmonella according to Public Health Department spokesperson Emma Ciavarella. She says that in the 29 states dealing with the outbreak, almost all of the cases can be traced back to raw chicken. Ciavarella said the CDC is looking into the source of the outbreak, but investigators aren't sure if there is just one source.Most people who have gotten sick from the outbreak have reported a rumbly stomach and a fever. It can last up to a week.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- New data will be available on this year’s Illinois School report cards. The report cards provide a snapshot of school demographics and how well students are doing. The State Board of Education’s Rae Clementz says they have added chronic absenteeism rates and new measurements of student proficiency and growth…

 

 

State Board of Education Spokesperson Rae Clementz

School report cards will  be available online starting October 31st at Illinois-Report-Card-Dot-Com

 

 

(Chicago--jc)  -- A report on Illinois’ legal landscape says the state's lawsuit-friendly policies cost billions of dollars and more than 80,000 jobs every year. Some critics say that’s an overstatement. A study conducted by the Illinois Civil Justice League into the cost of tort, or claims of loss or harm, lawsuits and their effect on Illinois’ economy estimates the costs from higher liability insurance premiums and lawsuits themselves cost businesses $4.5 billion directly and another $7.7 billion in economic output every year. The study said this also costs Illinois 81,000 jobs annually.

 

(Chicago--jc)  -- Illinois residents are more at risk of identity theft and fraud than the majority of other states in the U.S.Illinois ranked 13th as a state with the most identity theft and fraud complaints and losses, according to a new report by WalletHub. Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says this is not one of the lists where you want to be closer to the top. Nevada  has the most identity theft and fraud, while. Hawaii ranked last. Gonzalez says Illinois should definitely try to be in the bottom half of a ranking like this. Typically, a consumer loss is around 10 thousand dollars, and Illinois is doubling these numbers at 20 thousand dollars or more. Gonzalez says Illinois ranks so high for cyber theft and fraud because of poor state policies. Illinois consumers can protect themselves by taking measures to ensure their personal information is protected.

 

(Hoopeston--jc)  -- The strong winds on Saturday caused some damage around  the area. In Hoopeston, a tree was blown into a home on 5th avenue and some playground equipment was damaged at Hoopestons McFerren Park. Small limbs from numerous trees were scattered throughout the area. Most communities in East Central Illinois saw branches and small limbs scattered by the high winds

 

(Urbana--jc)  --Coroner Duane Northrup is releasing the name of a Watseka, Illinois man, who has died from traumatic injuries sustained in a motor vehicle versus motor vehicle crash in Iroquois County, Illinois on the evening of October 17th. Eighty-two year old Howard Kissack was reportedly the driver of a vehicle that collided head on with another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois on Friday night. No autopsy will be performed, but an inquest may be held at a later day. This death is being investigated by the Champaign County Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Police District 21.

 

 

(Champaign--jc)  -- National weather officials are now looking at the winter forecast. State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois Water Survey in Champaign has the details…

 


State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois Water Survey in Champaign.

 

 

(Cullom--jc)  -- Tri Point School board members will get an update on the state board conference in Chicago when they meet tonight. School leaders will also look at updates to the schools reading policy, approve the annual  financial report and and let bids for snow removal. The Tri Point school board meeting comes to order at 7 tonight in Kempton.

 

 

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