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Special Election Could Cost Millions
(Springfield, IL) -- Taxpayers in Jesse Jackson's Congressional District may be on the hook for five million dollars to pay for a special election. State Board of Elections Director Rupert Borgsmiller says the cost could be cut down slightly if it's tagged onto the upcoming election for local governments and municipalities but, he says, there's no guarantee of that. Jackson submitted his resignation yesterday, after being out of work for five months for health reasons. The district includes parts of Chicago, Cook County, Will County and Kankakee County.
Quinn Will Outline Special Election By Monday
(Chicago, IL) -- Governor Pat Quinn says he'll set forth a schedule for a special election to replace Congressman Jesse Jackson by Monday. He says the election will be carried out in a manner that's as fair and as economical as possible. Quinn says his prayers remain with the now
former Congressman who has been off work since June dealing with bi-polar depression and other health issues. Jackson is also under investigation for spending campaign cash to decorate his home and purchase gifts for a friend.
Quinn Feeds Hungry For Thanksgiving
(Chicago, IL) -- Governor Quinn helped prepare meals for the hungry yesterday. He spent part of his morning packaging meals that will at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a non-profit food distribution center that provides meals for 142-thousand meals to the needy each week. Quinn says it's important to remember those in need and everyone can make a difference by volunteering or offering a donation.
Be Careful Frying Turkeys
(Springfield, IL) -- If you're frying a turkey today, be sure to keep a watchful eye on the fryer. Officials say turkey fryers is one of the leading causes of home cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day. They say the fryers are top heavy and could easily tip over, overheat, or spill oil. It's also a good idea to thaw the turkey completely before putting it in the grease, because a frozen, cold or even wet turkey could cause the oil to spill over the pot's rim and onto the burner, causing an explosion. The fryer should also be placed in an open area, away from all walls, fences, and other structures.
New Campaign Urges Smokers To Kick The Habit
(Springfield, IL) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is launching the "Alone for a Lifetime" campaign, designed to help people stop smoking. Spokesperson Sabrina Miller says Illinoisans will start seeing ads that strike emotion, featuring children. The idea is to get parents to think about what will happen to their loved ones if they're too sick to care for them. Smokers who are looking to kick the habit can call the Tobacco Quit Line at 866-Quit-Yes.
Baby Giraffe Makes Chicago Debut
(Chicago, IL) -- Chicago's Brookfield Zoo has a new six-foot-two animal attraction. A baby giraffe born last week has finally made its debut. The 140-pound calf doesn't have a name yet but he can be seen at the Habitat Africa! The Savannah exhibit. He has the potential to get up to about 18-feet tall and a whopping two thousand pounds. It's the 58th giraffe born at the zoo.
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