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Pay Raises Could Be On The Way For Some NIU Employees

Pay raises may be on the way for some Northern Illinois University employees. NIU Acting President Lisa Freeman gave her State of the University address Wednesday. She touched on subjects like the delayed presidential search , the school’s fiscal future and university building projects. Freeman also mentioned this in her speech: “I’ve asked our Board of Trustees to convene a special board meeting on Oct. 19, where we will request a three percent increase for all eligible employees,” Freeman...

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling on Congress to come up with a comprehensive immigration program. 

Speaking on The 21st, Rauner said it is "almost impossible" for someone to come to the U.S. legally, but he commented that illegal immigration is easy "and that causes challenges especially for less skilled workers."

He added, "It can push up unemployment."

The governor said the immigration system is broken and not helping anyone—either individuals or businesses.

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Vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death for children. In 2011, the most recent data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, 11.5% of children ages 1 through 4 died in a car accident. There are measures parents can take to keep their young children safe. However, a new survey shows many don't.  

A progressive group is criticizing U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis for holding private meetings with donors but not holding public town hall meetings. But Davis says those accusations are not accurate.

CU Indivisible said the Taylorville Republican holds closed-door meetings with donors but not with constituents. According to the group, campaign disclosures show Davis met with groups that have donated a combined $138,000 to his campaign.

Gov. Rauner Remains Silent On State Abortion Bill

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will comment on an abortion bill once it reaches his desk.

House Bill 40 is designed to strengthen the state’s abortion law. Appearing on The 21st, Rauner only said, "That bill hasn’t been sent to my desk. They’re playing political games with it. I don’t really have any comment on it. We’ll talk about it at the appropriate time."

Democrat Scott Drury announced Tuesday a pivot in his campaign for higher office. The state representative has set his sights on the state office of attorney general. 

Lisa Madigan announced last week she would not seek another term as attorney general. She has not announced future plans.

Drury was among a pool of Democrats running for Illinois governor. In an announcement on social media, Drury says he's now running for attorney general to "end corruption in Illinois."

Erika Harold, of Urbana, is running for attorney general as the Republican candidate.

Dixon Mayor Running For State Senate

Sep 19, 2017
City of Dixon

Dixon Mayor Li Arellano, Jr., is running for Illinois Senate.

He aims to succeed fellow Republican Tim Bivins, who is retiring.

Arellano is an Iraq War veteran and Dixon native who first ran for Mayor in 2015. This was when former city Comptroller Rita Crundwell was revealed to have embezzled nearly $54 million from the city. 

“I have immense respect for Senator Bivins and his legacy as a citizen-legislator," Arellano said. "He truly is a man of integrity who represented our district well.”

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People and businesses in northwestern Illinois affected by severe storms and flooding in July are now eligible for federal help. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner made the announcement Tuesday.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s approval of the state request for assistance means people and businesses in Stephenson and the surrounding Illinois counties of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle and Winnebago who were affected by flooding are now eligible to apply for low-interest, long-term loans to help them recover from the disaster.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law overhauling the state’s EDGE tax credit program. He says it’s now being extended to 2022, in hopes of attracting more businesses and creating more jobs.   

"It allows a company that hires a person, that employee's income tax they pay to the state, the state turns around and gives an income tax credit to the company itself," he said.

State Sen. Melinda Bush sponsored the legislation and says it now includes incentives for companies to expand or move to underserved areas of Illinois.  

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President Trump delivered a stern warning to North Korea's leader at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday.

Northern Illinois University

NIU Acting President Lisa Freeman will give the State of the University address tomorrow. 

Freeman took over from predecessor Doug Baker on June 28, after he resigned over improper hiring practices. She has been at NIU since 2010, serving as executive Vice President and provost since the fall of 2013. Her speech is scheduled at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Altgeld Hall. 

University trustees announced the search for a new president won’t begin until Fall of 2018. Freeman has said she will not be a candidate for the permanent appointment.


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