FACT CHECK: Can Trump Legally Keep Former Staff Quiet? Probably Not

Updated at 1:23 p.m. ET At Tuesday's White House briefing, press secretary Sarah Sanders misleadingly asserted that the Trump administration's use of nondisclosure agreements both during and after government employment was very common. "Despite contrary opinion, it's actually very normal. And every administration prior to the Trump administration has had NDAs, particularly specific for anyone that had a security clearance." said Sanders. Sanders was correct in saying government security...

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SLIDESHOW: Rockford Area Celebrates 815 Day

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Rockford hosted the annual 815 Day on Aug. 15 offering live performances and activities around the city. The Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau handed out local favorites like Mrs. Fisher's chips and gelato from Franchesco's.

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A trip by former Vice President Joe Biden to Springfield has been called off because of illness.

 

Biden had been scheduled to speak Thursday at the Illinois Democratic County Chairs' Association brunch at a Springfield hotel, but the group's leader says Biden is under doctor's orders not to travel. Rock Island County party chairman Doug House says he's sure Biden will soon be back campaigning for Democrats in Illinois and elsewhere.

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A storage safe manufacturer is closing two Chicago-area factories and moving operations to Mexico to counteract the effects of metal tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump's administration.

The Chicago Tribune reports Stack-On Products will lay off about 150 people at its Wauconda and McHenry plants when they close Oct. 12.

Human resources director Al Fletcher said Tuesday the decision to relocate operations to Juarez, Mexico, was made about two months ago. That's when Trump announced tariffs on numerous goods and materials from China as well as other countries.

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Illinois Republicans are converging on Springfield and the Illinois State Fair for Governor's Day.

The annual festivities Wednesday draw a focus on the crucial November balloting. Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to win re-election along with a slate of statewide and congressional candidates.

Republican regulars meet early Wednesday in downtown Springfield before GOP faithful hit the fairgrounds for an old-fashioned campaign rally at noon.

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Police reform activists are pressing for major additions to a proposed consent decree outlining terms of federal court oversight of the Chicago Police Department.

The activists, the Illinois attorney general's office and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are wrangling over details of a potential court order that would govern how officers use force and are held accountable.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing the operators of Trump International Hotel and Tower for releasing water into the Chicago River in violation of federal environmental laws.

 

The lawsuit claims the building sucks about 20 million gallons of water out of the Chicago River and returns the same amount 35 degrees hotter. The water is used to cool heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in the building.

In a statement Madigan said the water is taken without a permit and without any regard to how its return may impact the river's ecosystem.

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new Illinois law will require hospitals to ensure that sexual assault victims receive timely treatment from someone trained to examine them.

 

Right now in Illinois, fewer than 200 nurses have completed training in how to treat sexual assault victims, and only 20 are certified in pediatrics.

Legislation Addresses Illinois Teacher Shortage

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Many Illinois students go back to school this month. A new law could combat teacher shortages that have plagued the state for the past few years.

The new legislation changes the requirement for a short-term substitute teaching license.

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A long-awaited grand jury investigation into clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania was released Tuesday in an interim redacted form. The report detailed decades of alleged misconduct and cover-ups in six of the state's eight Roman Catholic dioceses.

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At a bill signing event in Springfield, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner continued to say House Speaker Michael Madigan should be prosecuted. 

Last week the governor said he would help fund the campaign of Republican attorney general nominee Erika Harold, hoping she could prosecute Madigan. But, for days, the Republican governor has not said what he thinks Madigan has done wrong. 

That's until now – sort of. 

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"I am a navy officer who has been stabbed in the back by his brothers in arms," reads a pinned tweet by Turkish former Lt. Cmdr. Cafer Topkaya.

"Trapped, purged, and imprisoned by his fellow countrymen. Once a NATO staff officer, now an exile. I guess it's time to tell my story!"

Determined to combat New Zealand's lofty housing prices, the country's lawmakers have trained their aim at a distant target: the buyers beyond their borders. By a close vote Wednesday, the Parliament passed a law banning most non-resident foreigners from purchasing existing homes or residential land.

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