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One Year Anniversary for Illinois Smoking Ban

Updated: 05/04/2009 - it's been one year to date since the Illinois smoking ban first went into effect and now some local business are blaming a smoke -free environment for lower revenue.

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New Ill. Laws Toughen Sex Offender Restrictions

Posted: 01/01/2009 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Four new Illinois laws will further restrict the movements of sexual offenders and increase penalties for people charged with possession of child pornography. The new laws take effect Thursday. One law bars convicted sex offenders from working as election judges and mandates that authorities check names by the Illinois sex offender registry. Several offenders were recently found working as judges in Cook County schools. Separate legislation extends time victims have to report sexual assault to three years. Another law toughens penalties for people convicted of possessing 100 or more images of child pornography. A fourth law defines the 500-foot boundary prohibiting sex offenders from going near schools, parks, and day care centers.

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Ill. Officials Recommend Readiness in the New Year

Posted: 01/01/2009 - SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Department of Emergency Management is urging people to add readiness for emergencies to their list of New Year's resolutions.

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Illinois Airs New Anti-smoking Ads

Posted: 01/01/2009 - SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois has a new media campaign to highlight the successes of the state's Smoke-free Illinois Act.

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New Year's Shooting in Rockford

Posted: 01/01/2009 - A new year's eve bash in Loves Park turns violent this morning after one person is shot.

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New DUI Law Goes into Effect

Updated: 05/04/2009 - A new state law will prevent first time DUI offenders from becoming repeat offenders.

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Barack Obama Mission To Rebuild Nation Schools

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Posted: 12/31/2008 - Barack Obama probably can't fix every leaky roof and busted boiler in the nation's schools. But educators say his school modernization program could jump-start student achievement.

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One Dies In Wisconsin Apartment Fire

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Posted: 12/31/2008 - One person died and several others were rescued from second-floor balconies when fire broke out in a Fond du Lac apartment building early Wednesday.

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The Obamas Are Coming To Washington Early

Posted: 12/31/2008 - After wrapping up a Hawaiian vacation on Thursday, President-elect Obama and his wife and daughters will arrive in Washington this weekend and move into one of its most prestigious hotels.

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Remains Unclear If Roland Burris Will Be Appointed

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Posted: 12/31/2008 - A day after Gov. Rod Blagojevich picked former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to serve in the U.S. Senate it's still far from clear if that will actually happen.

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