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Prison Guards Hired Despite Closure Threats
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn continues to hire prison guards despite threats to shutter two correctional facilities. The Department of Corrections says it's hired 135 new prison guards this month alone. The cadets just completed a six-week training session. Despite the hires, there are actually fewer prison guards on Illinois payrolls this year compared to last year.
Illinois Housing Sales Increase
The Illinois Association of Realtors says housing sales took a big jump in October. Sales were up 37-percent over last year. Association president Michael Oldenettel says it was the most homes sold in October since 2006. Homes were also selling for more money. The statewide median price went up three-percent. It's also about a 13-percent gain in the median price since February, which was the year's low point. Oldenettel
says the news is encouraging for both buyers and sellers and shows confidence in the housing market. The association says 68 counties in the state showed an increase in housing sales in October.
Madigan Releases Holiday Safe Shopping Guide
As shoppers get ready for the holidays, Attorney General Lisa Madigan is releasing her safe shopping guide. The guide details recalled products and warns parents about dangerous toys. Madigan says the guide covers toys and other products that have been recalled over the last year. It ranges from toys with lead paint to toys that pose a choking hazard. It also has information on defective baby items like strollers and high chairs. This year's guide also has a new section covering food safety to help people with food allergies. You can download the the guide from Madigan's website.
Former Employee Robs Employer
Police in Decatur say a man robbed his former employer at gunpoint. They're looking for the 29-year-old man after he went to a Big Lots in Decatur and forced a former coworker to open a safe at gunpoint. The man quit his job in September and first asked to go to the manager's office to get some of his property that he left there. That's when police say he pulled a gun and asked for the money in the safe. He then bound the woman with tape and left. Police say he dropped his gun and it turned out to be a BB gun.
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