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PHOTO: The ACLU of Illinois says important safety and privacy guidelines are needed before the use of body cameras by police enforcement are widely-used throughout the state. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Justice.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - In the aftermath of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, state leaders in Illinois are contemplating the use of police body cameras for better oversight of law enforcement. Some say important guidelines are needed to protect both police officers and citizens. Ed Yohnka, communica...Read More

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PHOTO: The Federal Communication Commission's comment period on a proposal to divide Internet bandwith into "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" closes today. Photo credit: Belen Mendez/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) comment period on a proposal to divide Internet bandwidth into "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" closes today (Monday). Comments from Timothy Karr, senior director, Free Press; and Whitney Kimball Coe, coordinator, National Rural Assembly,...Read More

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IMAGE: This is a graphic representation of areas of a child's brain which are affected by stressors such as poverty, neglect and physical abuse. (Image provided by UW-Madison)

SSPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Chronic, toxic stress such as poverty, neglect and physical abuse can have a lasting impact, according to a study just completed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One of the co-authors of the study, Sarah Romens, says early childhood stress can affect a child for t...Read More

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PHOTO: Illinois health leaders have confirmed 11 cases of enterovirus D-68 in the state, a respiratory illness linked to the hospitalization of hundreds of children around the Midwest. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A recent surge in cases of a common respiratory virus is raising concerns in Illinois. State health leaders say 11 cases of enterovirus D-68 have been confirmed in the Chicago area. The virus causes upper-respiratory illness and mild symptoms such as low-grade fever, cough, runny...Read More

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PHOTO: As summer draws to a close, a new report examines the importance of clean water for millions of Illinoisans, like the Illinois River at Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle County. Photo credit: GoodFreePhotos.com.

CHICAGO - Whether it's for boating, fishing, or swimming, a new report indicates Illinoisans love to take to the water, and new legislation goes before Congress this week that could extend needed protections to some of those waterways. According to the new Summer Fun Index from Environment Illinois...Read More

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PHOTO: The U.S.Senate is expected to vote today on a proposed constitutional amendment that would help take big money out of politics. Photo credit: Scrumshus/wikimedia.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Advocates for campaign finance reform say the U.S. Senate is expected to make an historic vote today on Senate Joint Resolution 19. That's the proposed constitutional amendment that would give Congress and the states control of political campaign spending limits. Benjamin Singe...Read More

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PHOTO: Experts say advance preparation can help people better respond to and recover from the impacts of a disaster or other emergency. Preparedness Month is a good time to make or update those plans. Photo credit: keiransmiles/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Tornadoes, fires, floods and other disasters can strike at almost any time, and during Preparedness Month, state leaders are reminding Illinois residents about the importance of being ready for an emergency. Jonathon Monken, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency,...Read More

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PHOTO: Chicago fast food workers will once again join other fast food workers in cities around the nation to protest low wages that leave them at, near, or below the poverty level. Photo credit: Fight for 15.

CHICAGO - Fast-food workers in Illinois will be among thousands across the country Thursday protesting their pay. The nationwide day of action is planned as part of the Fight for 15 effort, pushing for a wage of $15 an hour and the ability to unionize. Douglas Hunter, a maintenance worker for McDon...Read More

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