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>>State Senator Troubled By Predatory Lending In Her Area
(Chicago, IL) -- One state senator says she's still seeing the aftermath of predatory lending in her district. Mattie Hunter says more than 100-properties in her district are slated to be torn down. Families have packed up and left because they can't afford to pay for the homes. Hunter says many have tried to stay afloat by refinancing but the banks were difficult to work with. Now, Hunter says all she can do is work with other elected officials on finding ways to help those who still have their homes but are struggling to make ends meet.
>>Quincy School Board To Consider Drug Testing
(Quincy, IL) -- The Quincy school board is slated to hear ideas about having some students take drug tests. Superintendent Steve Cobb asked the board to consider having students involved in extra-curricular activities submit tests. Cobb has only been on the job for about four months but he
says he's noticed a significant drug presence in the area. He says he wants to take proactive measures to ensure the drugs don't become a problem within the schools. Cobb makes it clear he's not suggesting or recommending the drug-tests, he simply wants to have the discussion and consider the option.
>>Murder Charges Dropped Against Southern Illinois Man
(Pinckneyville, IL) -- A southern Illinois man is free after murder charges filed against him were dropped. Chad Bennett was supposed to go to trial Monday for his role in killing Sidnee Stephens back in 2010. But, prosecutors don't have enough witnesses to testify against him. Bennett was one of five people accused of killing Stephens and dumping her body in the Beaucoup Creek near Pinckneyville. Three others have already been convicted, one will go to trial in November, and prosecutors say they can bring charges back up on Bennett at a later time.
>>New Ride Coming To Six Flags Great America
(Gurnee, IL) -- Thrill riders will soon have another ride to challenge at Six Flags Great America, in Gurnee. A new wooden roller coaster will be constructed at the park. It's expected to be the fastest-wooden coaster ever with a maximum height of 165-feet. It'll be the third wooden coaster in the park, along with the American Eagle and the Viper. The new ride is expected to be ready by next summer.
>>Illinois Wine Lovers Missing Out On Rare Wines
(Undated) -- Illinois falls in the middle of pack where wine consumer friendliness is concerned, according to the American Wine Consumer Organization. The state comes in at number 25 out of the 50 because of its complex corkage laws and because retailers can't ship directly to consumers. Illinois wine lovers have access to wine in liquor stores, grocery stores and through direct shipment from wineries, but no direct shipping from retailers means wine lovers are missing out on the best imported, rare, and out-of-vintage wines.
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