Beware The Thanksgiving Salad: CDC Says No Romaine Lettuce Is Safe

Cut Caesar salad off the menu this week: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a multistate E. coli outbreak is underway , and romaine lettuce is to blame. Thirty-two people are sick, including 13 who were hospitalized; no deaths have been reported. An additional 18 people were sickened in Canada. Evidence points toward romaine lettuce as the likely source, but the CDC can't get more specific than that. "It's still early in this investigation and work remains to pinpoint the...

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Hite Ross Approved As Winnebago County State's Attorney

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Sarah Jesmer

Marilyn Hite Ross will be Winnebago County's new State's Attorney. She currently is serving as the Chief of the Criminal Bureau. She was confirmed by the Winnebago County Board on Tuesday night with a vote of 17 to 3.

Hite Ross says she wants to champion issues related to domestic violence survivor support and a more transparent police force.

She also says she would love to see more long term mental health facilities. She said some in the criminal justice system should really be in mental health facilities.

If you shop online this holiday season, you’ll likely see more retailers charging you sales tax.

Hundreds more retailers have registered to collect the 6.25-percent tax from Illinois customers since new rules took effect last month.

Feeding The Hungry

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Courtesy of the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry

They are lined up outside before the doors open. 

Even if it is cold or rainy, they are there.  

Waiting.  

For they are hungry. 

Rockford Art Museum

When is a house not just a home? When it's the subject of an exhibition, called "Dwellings," at the Rockford Art Museum.   

 

Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET Tuesday

Chicago is mourning an ER doctor, a pharmacy resident and a police officer who were killed Monday after a man opened fire at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center on Chicago's South Side.

"This tears at the soul of our city. It is the face and a consequence of evil," Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters.

A recent study by the Institute for Higher Education Policy shows that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign stands out among similar schools for its low percentage of minority students.

The president is going to pardon a turkey.

Full stop. Insert joke. These things write themselves.

But seriously, it's happening again Tuesday — the peculiar Washington tradition of a president pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey.

Illinois lawmakers say they’ve begun discussing a potential capital bill. It would fund construction and repair projects for the state’s infrastructure over the next several years.


The Sound of Science - "Self-Driving Cars"

Nov 16, 2018

Kate: Hi, I’m Kate Powers from NIU STEM Outreach, and this is the Sound of Science. Joining me today is Sam Watt who has a question from one of our loyal listeners.

Sam: That’s right, Kate. Today’s question is from Marcus, who asks, “How do self-driving cars work?”

Kate: Great question, Sam. We hear a lot these days about self-driving cars and if they’re safe, but how do they actually work with no one at the wheel?

Is a plant in Chicago's suburbs to blame for high incidents of cancer in nearby residents?  We talk with a woman diagnosed with breast cancer who believes a chemical used at the plant is the cause.  She and others are asking state lawmakers to take action.  

We also hear how the University of Illinois flagship campus lags many of its peers when it comes to minority student enrollment compared to the high school population.  

Statewide, with host Sean Crawford, brings you reports and conversations from in and around Illinois. 

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A federal judge in Michigan has dropped most of the charges against a Detroit doctor accused of female genital mutilation, concluding that Congress "overstepped its bounds" when it passed a law banning the practice.

That law, passed in 1996, violates the Constitution and is unenforceable, the judge concluded. Whether to ban female genital mutilation is up to individual states, he says. So far, 27 states have passed such bans — including Michigan.

Despite calls for his resignation, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not planning to step down.

In an interview with CNN Business that aired on Tuesday evening, Zuckerberg pushed back against the criticism his social media platform has received in recent years, and said he believes Facebook can be a force for the greater good.

If you shop online this holiday season, you’ll likely see more retailers charging you sales tax.

Hundreds more retailers have registered to collect the 6.25-percent tax from Illinois customers since new rules took effect last month.

Editor's note: This story was originally published in November 2016 and has been updated.

The sweet potato evokes surprisingly strong feelings — and not just from the pro- and anti-marshmallow lobbies.

It is a staple of the African diet. And Africans feel passionately about it. It kindles warm memories. It's a neglected food that deserves a higher profile because of its nutritional value.

And some people can't stand it!

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