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Illinois Dems tighten parts of criminal justice overhaul

By JOHN O’CONNOR AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More crimes, including some nonviolent offenses, would be added to a list that could disqualify defendants in court from being released while awaiting trial under follow-up legislation filed Wednesday to a contentious criminal justice overhaul. It’s a key component to clarifications Illinois Democratic lawmakers are…

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Contempt citations against DCFS director reversed by appellate court

Public guardian says he plans appeal to Supreme Court By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois bhundsdorfer@capitolnewsillinois.com An appellate court on Wednesday reversed several contempt of court citations that were filed in recent months against Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith for failing to comply with court orders to place state wards in…

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Prosecutor: Weinstein is a ‘degenerate rapist’ and ‘predator’

ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harvey Weinstein was a “predator” with unmistakable patterns who used his Hollywood power to lure women into meetings, sexually assault them and escape the consequences, a prosecutor said in closing arguments Wednesday at the former movie mogul’s Los Angeles trial. Deputy District Attorney Marlene Martinez said…

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Grains mixed, livestock higher

Wheat for Dec. was up 1 cent at $7.5775 a bushel; Dec. corn lost 3 cents at $6.6575 a bushel, Dec. oats was up 4.50 cents at $3.92 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained 2.25 cents at $14.5950 a bushel. Beef and pork higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Dec. live cattle was up .10…

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Lawmakers announce bipartisan plan to pay down remaining unemployment debt

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers on Tuesday announced a bipartisan plan to use state revenues to pay down the remaining $1.4 billion in debt taken on by the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of the agreement is expected to move through the General Assembly this…

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Egyptians call on British Museum to return Rosetta stone

JACK B. JEFFERY Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — The debate over who owns ancient artifacts has been an increasing challenge to museums across Europe and America, and the spotlight has fallen on the most visited piece in the British Museum: The Rosetta stone. The inscriptions on the dark grey granite slab became the seminal breakthrough…

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How major US stock indexes fared Monday

The Associated Press undefined- Stocks fell broadly on Wall Street as protests spread in China calling for President Xi Jinping to step down amid growing anger over severe restrictions imposed as part of his “zero COVID” strategy in the world’s second-largest economy. The S&P 500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq fell. Small-company…

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Grains mixed, livestock lower

Wheat for Dec. was off 18.75 cents at $7.5675 a bushel; Dec. corn rose .75 cent at $6.6875 a bushel, Dec. oats was off 2.75 cents at $3.8750 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained 21 cents at $14.5725 a bushel. Beef and pork lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Dec. live cattle was down .50…

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SUV strikes, kills 2 pedestrians in suburban Chicago crash

DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — Two pedestrians died after they were struck by an SUV that also crashed Sunday into a suburban Chicago building, police said. Des Plaines police said the SUV crossed oncoming lanes on Northwest Highway and struck two pedestrians just after noon Sunday in the Cook County city northwest of Chicago. The…

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ComEd Explores Battery Energy Storage to Improve Resiliency for Customers in Northern Illinois

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov 28, 2022– ComEd is exploring new battery energy storage system (BESS) solutions that improve resiliency by limiting the impact of power outages for customers In this new technology demonstration, ComEd is evaluating the effectiveness of localized batteries to support select customers who live in Streator, Ill., Lostant, Ill., and Milledgeville, Ill. Traditional solutions…

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