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>>New Law Protects Renters In Foreclosed Properties
(Chicago, IL) -- Renters will soon have at least 90-days before they have to pack up and move if their home falls into foreclosure. A new law requires those who buy foreclosed residential properties to honor existing leases or give tenants enough time to make a safe move. Stats show about 40-percent of families that are impacted by foreclosure are renters who may not know their landlord failed to make mortgage payments. The law takes effect in November.
>>School Prepare For Homeless Students
(Springfield, IL) -- Schools in Sangamon County are gearing up to help homeless students make a smooth transition into the new year. Homeless Education Coordinator Faith Sanderson says there are between 800 and a-thousand students entering their schools who don't have stable housing.
But, she says they're prepared to make sure the students have transportation, clothing, and the supplies they need to succeed. Sanderson says local sororities, churches, shelters, and other organizations have stepped up to help provide the resources the kids need.
>>Rockford Schools Prepare For Homeless Kids
(Rockford, IL) -- School officials in Rockford are preparing to help homeless kids have a smooth transition as they start the news year. They've partnered with several community groups to make sure kids get new clothes for the first day of classes. They also waive student fees and make sure the kids have a free lunch each day. Homeless Student Advocate Elmer Rice says they've accounted for about 750-homeless kids so far, but that number will likely go up. Last year Rockford public schools had more than 17-hundred homeless students in their system.
>>Security Still Heightened At ISU
(Bloomington, IL) -- ISU students who have classes at Schroeder [[Shray-der ]] Hall are encouraged to leave a get there a bit earlier than usual. Security crews are stationed at two entrances of the building, checking backpacks and purses for bombs or any other suspicious materials. The university increased security measures on campus after a handwritten note was found in a Schroeder AHll bathroom. So far crews haven't found anything suspicious in their searches.
>>First Human West Nile Case Reported In McHenry County
(McHenry County, IL) -- A woman in McHenry County is the first person to contract the West Nile Virus this year. Officials say the woman, who is in her 50's, got the virus last month. Public Health Spokesman Melaney Arnold says this is a good reminder for everyone to protect themselves by wearing insect repellent and by making sure there is no standing water around their homes. Last year 290 people in Illinois contracted the virus, 12 died.
>>GOP Leader Tom Cross Making Bid For State Treasurer
(Springfield, IL) -- The race is on for Republican state reps who want to lead the rest of the pack. Current Minority leader Tom Cross says he's stepping aside to run for a statewide office. He hasn't made an official announcement yet but all indicators point to a run for state Treasurer. Cross has been in the state House since 1993 and has held a leadership position since 2002.
>>Illinois Ranks 39th Most Expensive Place To Own A Vehicle
(Undated) -- Drivers are catching a break when it comes to owning a vehicle in Illinois. A new report by BankRate.com puts Illinois in the bottom of the pack when it comes to paying for gas, insurance, repairs, and all the other bells-and-whistles that comes with owning your own ride. Drivers dish out a total of about 28-hundred bucks-a-year to pay for all the services combined. Georgia drivers pay the most to own a car and drivers in Oregon pay the least.
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