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Quinn Inks Child Safety Bill
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn stops to sign a major piece of legislation intended to keep kids safe. Quinn yesterday made "Erin's Law" official. It requires schools to teach age-appropriate sexual assault awareness classes to students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Lawmakers believe "Erin's Law" could prevent sexual assault from happening and will give victims a voice.
Second Coach Suspended For Hazing Incident
(Chicago, IL) -- Yet another coach associated with a hazing incident at a Chicago-area high school faces sharp disciplinary action. Officials at Maine Township High School say freshmen boys soccer coach Emilio Rodriguez will be suspended without pay. School district officials are still considering whether to fire Rodriguez. One month ago, head varsity soccer coach Michael Divincenzo was also suspended without pay because of hazing allegations which surfaced in October.
Surveys Bode Well For IL Duck Population
(Springfield, IL) -- New results from aerial surveys show improvements in how ducks make use of the Illinois River Valley. The Illinois Natural History Survey's data is finding waterfowl numbers above the ten-year
average. The INHS has been collecting the data since 1948.
U-I Increases Tuition
(Champaign, IL) -- The University of Illinois says its undergraduate students will pay more for tuition beginning this fall. U-I will hike tuition fees by nearly two-percent. The increase is actually the school's smallest single tuition hike in two decades. A full year's tuition for U-I students living on campus will now cost just under 25-thousand-dollars.
School Board Asks For More Money
(Springfield, IL) -- The State's Board of Education is asking for an additional 874-million dollars next year. Chairman Gery [[ Gary ]] Chico says they're simply asking lawmakers to give them the money that Illinois law requires, which is just over six thousand dollars per student. This year, schools received 518-million dollars less than they need to adequately fund schools and Governor Quinn says they'll likely take another 400-million dollar hit next year. Chico says the funding shortfalls are hurting school districts and forcing them to operate on strained budgets. In the end, he says that hurts students and their educational needs.
LaHood: Brady Used Poor Judgment On Gay Marriage
(Aledo, IL) -- State Senator Darin LaHood says GOP Party Chairman Pat Brady used poor judgment when he announced his support for gay marriage. He says gay marriage is not a part of the GOP platform and as far as he's concerned, the people who support the party don't want it. At least one lawmaker has come to Brady's defense. His cousin, Representative Dan Brady says the chairman was simply suggesting the GOP back gay marriage in an effort to grow the party. LaHood says the GOP has a central committee that's responsible for reviewing policy and deciding if a change is needed.
Three Counties Approved For Cameras In Courtroom
(Lake County, IL) -- TV cameras will soon be allowed to capture court trials in Lake, Kendall, and DeKalb Counties. The state's Supreme Court started a pilot program one year ago, but gave circuit courts in those areas the green light to participate yesterday. There are a few stipulations though. The presiding judge over any case would have to approve the cameras in the courtroom and set guidelines, plaintiffs and defendants can object to having cameras roll during the trial, and cameras aren't allowed in cases where juveniles are involved.
More Students Required To Get Whooping Cough Vaccine
(Springfield, IL) -- Students entering sixth through 12th grades are required to get a whooping cough vaccination before next school year. State officials say now would be a good time for parents to start making doctor's appointments for their kids to get the shot. Students need to have the shot, or show that they have an appointment, by October 15th. Otherwise, they won't be able to attend school.
San Francisco Man Busted With Drugs In Galesburg
(Galesburg, IL) -- A San Francisco, California man was busted with drugs at the Galesburg Amtrak Depot on Wednesday. Authorities aren't releasing many details about the arrest, but they say they found 12-pounds of marijuana in Robert Murray's luggage. Murray was taken to the Knox County Jail and faces preliminary charges of marijuana possession and drug trafficking. It's not clear when he'll next be in court.
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