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Illinois couple facing federal charges in Capitol riot

CREST HILL, Ill. (WGN) — A Joliet-area couple is facing federal charges for allegedly taking part in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Amy Schubert and John Schubert Jr. have been each charged with misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly conduct after an anonymous tip was submitted to the FBI in early March.
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Volunteer Crew Helps Save Flooded Central Illinois Baseball Complex

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — It could have been time for Andy Ommen to change hobbies. “This is my hobby,” Ommen said as he pointed to baseball diamonds. “I’m a volunteer.”. The veteran groundskeeper drove to the McLean County PONY Baseball Complex on June 26 and saw the fields he loves under water. That weekend three days of heavy rain nearly washed out the complex.
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Northern Illinois Couple Latest Charged in Capitol Breach

CHICAGO (AP) — A northern Illinois couple is facing federal charges alleging they breached the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, authorities said Monday. John Schubert, 71, and Amy Schubert, 61, of Crest Hill were charged in a criminal complaint filed in Washington, D.C. with misdemeanor unlawful entry of a government building and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. They were arrested and appeared separately in U.S. District Court in Chicago, where Magistrate Judge Gabriel Fuentes ordered the pair released on their own recognizance.
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How can you and your children prevent RSV in Illinois?

Photo from Healthy Driven (Unsplash) The news of children's hospitalization due to Respiratory Syncytial Virus, also known as RSV, has sent shockwaves amongst medical professionals in the United States. The RSV, as suggested by its full name, is a virus that has the tendency to infect young children and elderly people. It is the time of the year CDC warned the disease would spread.
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Black workers trail amid Illinois’ slow recovery from COVID-19

(The Center Square) – Illinois is lagging behind the rest of the nation in terms of economic recovery and minorities have been hit the hardest, according to a report from the Illinois Policy Institute. Illinoisans have seen a recent decrease in unemployment amongst Hispanic and White workers. Despite the labor...
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Illinois housing wage is more than $20 an hour

(The Center Square) – A recent report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and Housing Action Illinois showed $22.11 is the hourly wage a full-time worker needs to earn in order to afford an average apartment. Bob Palmer, policy director for Housing Action Illinois, says there is a disconnect...
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Editorial: The need to diversify Illinois teachers

If you are a family of color living in the suburbs, it's unlikely that your child's teacher looks like you. That's because there is a big difference between the racial makeup of teachers in the classrooms of Illinois schools and the student population. State education leaders have acknowledged the need...
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Illinois Becomes First State to Require Asian American History to be Taught in Schools

Recently, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into Illinois law that would make it the first state to require Asian history as part of the curriculum in its public schools. The curriculum would consist of "Asian American history, Asian Americans in Illinois and the Midwest, and the contributions of Asian Americans towards advancing civil rights from the 19th century onward," the legislation reads.
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Illinois representative appointed to January 6th committee

Washington DC (AP)- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has named an Illinois Republican as a new member of the committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riot. Illinois 16th Congressional District Representative, Adam Kinzinger was named as the latest member of the committee, which is set to hold its first meeting on Tuesday, hearing from police officers who battled the rioters on Jan. 6.
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Renters Union preparing for the end of eviction moratorium

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Renters are banding together as part of the Bloomington-Normal Renters Union. At the end of August, The state of Illinois’s eviction moratorium ends, leaving many people who rent apartments or houses in limbo and questioning where to go. The Bloomington-Normal renters union, which was founded in...
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4-H educator ready to help youth, teens in southwestern Illinois build life skills

University of Illinois Extension- Ottawa issued the following announcement on July 20. llinois 4-H strives to unlock the potential in every young person, helping them to dream, plan, design, build, and achieve. Around the state, University of Illinois Extension 4-H youth development staff are guiding the next generation of leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.
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Illinois teacher fired over anti-riot comments says colleagues 'terrified' for free speech

An Illinois teacher whose school board voted 5-2 to terminate her over a social media post decrying the George Floyd riots in nearby Chicago told Fox News on Thursday she is not guilty of their alleged accusation the comments "harm[ed] students," as her attorney wondered aloud how many other educators are having their profiles secretly monitored by school boards or unions.
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Illinois man walks to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Dean Troutman from Peoria, Illinois, is walking for charity. There's no finish line for his charity walk, but instead it's a donation goal. Troutman wants to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee. The 90-year-old said he will be walking a total of 3,500 miles spanning the...