Illinois zoos, agencies conducting bird flu disaster drills

The exercise involves an imaginary employee leaking sensitive information on a personal Facebook page –Research included watching the virus outbreak movie ‘Contagion’ as ‘field research.’ As a zoo CEO drives to work, a radio news segment announces that dead birds were reported in a park near the zoo. In this hypothetical scenario involving the Lincoln […]

Romney Projected Winner of Illinois GOP Primary: Media

ShareThis Karl Rove buys another state for Mitt Romney and the 1%: CBS News: Romney to win Illinois primary 20 Mar 2012 CBS News projects that Mitt Romney will defeat Rick Santorum and his other rivals to take the Republican presidential primary in Illinois. The estimate is based on early exit poll results and vote […]

Printed Ballots Were Too Wide for Scanners in Some Illinois Precincts

ShareThis Printed Ballots Were Too Wide for Scanners in Some Illinois Precincts 20 Mar 2012 Some of the printed ballots in 25 of 110 Illinois jurisdictions were slightly too wide to fit into the optical scanners and will have to be trimmed or hand counted, officials said Tuesday afternoon. The ballot problem threatened to slow […]

Illinois primary pits leaders vs. Tea Party

By Cameron Joseph, The primary battle between Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) has turned into a proxy war between the House Republican leadership and the Tea Party. This is the first election of 2012 to expose the schism between the two wings of the Republican Party, which have fought on policy […]

Illinois lawmaker proposes strip club tax

From SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois lawmaker wants to tax admissions to strip clubs to raise money for sexual assault prevention, arguing that a mix of alcohol and nude dancing contribute to violence against women. Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields, is calling for the clubs to pay a $ 5 tax for every customer. […]

Illinois nuclear plant shut down over power issue

ShareThis Illinois nuclear plant shut down over power issue 30 Jan 2012 A nuclear reactor at a northern Illinois plant shut down Monday after losing power, and [radioactive] steam was being vented to reduce pressure, according to officials from Exelon Nuclear and federal regulators. Unit 2 at Byron Generating Station, about 95 miles northwest of […]

Illinois nuclear reactor shuts down, vents radioactive steam

ShareThis Breaking: Illinois nuclear reactor shuts down, vents radioactive steam –Officials say the steam contains low levels of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen. –Nuclear Regulatory Commission declared ‘unusual event’ 30 Jan 2012 Officials at a northern Illinois nuclear power plant believe a failed piece of equipment at a switchyard caused it to shut down. […]

Herman “Federal Reserve apologist” Cain wins Tea Party straw poll in Illinois

BY SAM HUDZIK | WBEZ91.5 Presidential candidate Herman Cain came to Illinois this weekend to woo Tea Party activists, and left with a straw poll victory. Cain attended the Midwest Tea Party Convention in northwest suburban Schaumburg. The Georgia businessman got the crowd at TeaCon 2011 riled up on Saturday afternoon by paraphrasing the Declaration […]

Illinois Governor Signs Bill Banning Release of Firearm Owners Names

By Associated Press, CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday signed into law a measure barring the public from knowing who holds a firearm owner identification card in Illinois. The bill, passed overwhelmingly by Illinois lawmakers in May, was a victory for gun owners who say they have a right to privacy over open-government […]

Convicted Child Molesters Become Illinois State Workers Baby Sitting Poor Kids