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Nearly 1000 Illinois Runners In Boston
Nearly one thousand Illinoisans were among those running in the Boston Marathon yesterday. There's no official word yet on whether any of them were injured in the blasts that killed at least three people, including an eight year old child. Two separate bombs went off around 3 pm Eastern time.Emergency Crews Prepared To Help In Boston
Illinois' emergency crews are on standby to help in the aftermath of the Boston explosion. Governor Quinn has directed all of the state's safety agencies to be ready to go, including the State Police and the Emergency Management Agency. Quinn says he hasn't heard of any threats directed toward Illinois, but he urges people to be aware of their surroundings and report anything suspicious.
IL Marathon To Discuss Additional Safety Measures
Officials with the Illinois Marathon say they'll take additional safety measures at the upcoming race in the wake of yesterday's bombings at the Boston Marathon. The Illinois Marathon's emergency services coordinator plans to meet with law enforcement in Champaign-Urbana later this week to discuss the matter. One plan would alter the rules for how
runners leave their personal belongings with officials during the race. The Illinois Marathon is April 25th through the 27th.
University Of Illinois Senior Wins Women's Wheelchair Race In Boston Marathon
Before the explosion that rocked the finish of the Boston Marathon yesterday, it was a joyous experience for a member of the University of Illinois wheelchair racing team. Senior Tatyana McFadden won the women's wheelchair race. McFadden, originally from Russia, plans to race again next week in the London Marathon.
Madigan Won't Announce Bid For Governor
Lisa Madigan still isn't ready to say if she'll challenge Governor Quinn in the Democratic primary for governor next year. She says she's still weighing her options and considering where she can best serve the people of Illinois. In the meantime, Madigan is shoring up her bank account. She's raised millions more than Quinn, which could prove to be vital once the campaign season actually gets under way. Experts say money could be the deciding factor in next year's race.
Texas Governor Makes Effort To Grab IL Business
Texas Governor Rick Perry is encouraging Illinois businesses to move to the Lone Star state. The former Republican presidential hopeful says he's launched a campaign called "Texas Wide Open for Business" in which he unabashedly tries to lure Illinois business to his state. Perry said Illinois' business environment is designed quote "for companies to fail." His campaign will even include a full-page ad in the "Chicago Business Journal."
Bluesman Dawkins, 76, Silenced
A famed Chicago bluesman is dead. Guitarist Jimmy Dawkins is remembered for his string-bending ability and mellow vocals as a popular sideman for legends like Buddy Guy and Otis Rush. The cause of death of the 76-year-old musician wasn't immediately known. Born in Mississippi, Dawkins was an only child who -- like many legendary blues musicians -- taught himself to play the electric guitar before moving to Chicago in the 1950s.
Nobel Winner Warns Of Harsh IL Climate Changes
A former Nobel Prize winner says Illinois should prepare for prolonged drought, heavy rainfall and severe storms of all kinds unless state officials take drastic steps very soon. University of Illinois professor Donald Woobles made his remarks at yesterday's conference on climate change in Normal. He says nearly all scientists agree climate change is caused by human factors. Woobles said the changes to the Illinois climate essentially make typically-wet conditions even wetter and typically-dry conditions even drier.
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