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>>Galesburg Police Mum On President's Route
(Galesburg, IL) -- Galesburg police aren't releasing the details about the President's route when he comes to town tomorrow. Officials are saying they don't think traffic will cause much of a headache as people try to get from point A to point B. President Obama will stop by Knox College to talk about his plan on rebuilding the economy and making middle-class families a priority.
>>Metra Investigator Backs Off
(Chicago, IL) -- The investigator who was going to look into Michael Madigan's dealings with Metra has backed off. Patrick Collins apparently turned the job down Sunday night because of a potential conflict of interest. Collins was being recruited by Metra Board members to look into the matter involving former Chairman Alex Clifford, who says he was
pushed out after refusing to accommodate political requests made by House Speaker Michael Madigan. Current Metra Chairman Brad O'Halloran says they're disappointed in Collins' decision and will keep looking for an investigator to look into the matter.
>>Hundreds Of Thousands Get Access To Cheaper Healthcare
(Chicago, IL) -- Governor Quinn is making sure low-income adults have access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. He signed a new Medicaid expansion law, which means about 342-thousand people across the state will now be eligible for coverage. They'll be allowed to see a doctor for preventative care instead of showing up in the ER when they're already sick. Enrollment begins October 1st and coverage begins next January. Check out HealthCareReform.Illinois.gov for more details.
>>Boaters To Take Drug Test If Involved In Serious Crash
(Springfield, IL) -- Boaters involved in an accident that results in serious injury or death will soon be required to take a drug and alcohol test. Governor Quinn says the idea is to make sure people are safe everywhere they go, even on the water. Boaters who refuse to take the tests, or those who have too much booze in their systems, will risk losing their driver's license. The new law was prompted after a ten year old Libertyville boy was struck and killed by a speedboat last year, while he was tubing with his family. It takes effect January 1st.
>>Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed In Whiteside County
(Whiteside County, IL) -- A destructive pest responsible for killing millions of ash trees in North America has been discovered for the first time in Whiteside County. The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the emerald ash borer has been confirmed on the county fairgrounds in Morrison. A forestry technician with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources spotted a distressed ash tree on the property and notified Ag staff, who found a dead, adult beetle in its bark. So far, the infestation appears highly localized because they haven't spotted the bugs on any other trees on the property.
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