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>>Farmers Hoping Rain Will Help Struggling Crop
(Warren County, IL) -- Rain in the forecast for next couple days, and that's good news for farmers in Western Illinois. They've gotten less than two inches of rain this month and Ron Moore, from Warren County, says it's taking a toll on crops. He says the corn is already losing moisture and starting to turn brown at the bottom. Moore says they'll need at least an inch of rain between now and the end of September in order to have a healthy crop this year.
>>Lawmakers Tackle Sexual Assault Among Youth Inmates
(Chicago, IL) -- Fifteen percent of youth inmates in Illinois facilities are sexually assaulted each year. Lawmakers say that's a terrible problem and they're looking for ways to reverse the trend. The Restorative Justice committee will be meeting in room C-600 at the Bilandic Building
in Chicago at 10:00 this morning. Committee members will to hear from various criminal justice groups about how to get the problem under control. The meeting is open to the public.
>>Two Juveniles Rescued From Forced Prostitution
(Chicago, IL) -- A crackdown on underage prostitution has taken two juveniles off the streets in the Chicago area. The FBI confirms they rescued the minors over the weekend as part of a national sex-trafficking sting. In all, 105 kids in 76 states were taken off the streets. One hundred fifty pimps were arrested. Three of those pimps were from Illinois.
>>Clean Water Initiative To Put 190 People To Work
(Rockford, IL) -- A new clean water initiative is expected to put 190 people to work in Rockford. Governor Quinn awarded two low-interest loans to the Rock River Water Reclamation District yesterday to connect the Village of Winnebago to the larger and better equipped Rock River treatment plant. The investment will help the water reclamation district complete significant upgrade and repair work that is needed to reduce area sewer backups.
>>Businesses Helping Furloughed Workers At Rock Island Arsenal
(Rock Island, IL) -- The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce is calling on local businesses to about six-thousand people to work in part-time or temporary job posts. That's how many civilian workers at the Rock Island Arsenal are being forced to take furlough days between now and the end of September. The Chamber's Jillian McCleary says that equates to a 20-percent pay cut, which really hurts families that have both parents working at the Arsenal. McCleary says at least six staffing agencies have stepped up to help out. She says they decided to make the push because the arsenal is a major staple and employer in the Quad Cities.
>>Auction Bidding Off Items Of Golf Greats Nicklaus, Palmer
(Rosemont, IL) -- Golf enthusiasts have a shot at getting their hands on a few Rolex watches that were once owned by Hall-of Famers Arnie Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. The 18-karat gold watches are part of a sports auction hosted by Heritage Auctions. Just about every award ever won by golf's great Sam Snead is also up for bid, including his trophy's and clubs. Online bidding ends tomorrow night at 10:00p.m. and live bidding begins Thursday morning. Check out HA.com for more details.
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