Lawsuits Allege 'Grave Harm' To Immigrant Children In Detention

The Trump administration's treatment of more than 10,000 immigrant children held in custody at shelters across the nation is coming under intense scrutiny. Numerous lawsuits claim the government is using the system of child confinement as a way to punish and deport kids and their families. At least four federal lawsuits have been filed since March that challenge the way the government cares for child migrants. The legal actions allege that the administration is ignoring a federal mandate to...

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I am sitting on my bed at the Hilton Inn in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the other bed is my daughter, Suzanne. We are on our way to Louisville to launch a year long Leadership Development Program for one of our corporate clients. We have written this program together. It is unique, filled with new ideas and challenges for the students. Along the way we had some bumpy conversations, and here we are one day away from lift off. 

In federal courts around the nation, the wheels of justice may soon be grinding to a halt.

The government shutdown has already caused delays and disruptions throughout the federal court system, and officials are bracing for things to get a lot worse next week.

Pritzker Taps Kelly To Lead State Police

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Illinois State Police

 

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker named his pick to run the Illinois State Police.

 

Pritzker wants Brendan Kelly for the top job. 

Kelly ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for Illinois' 12th Congressional  District in November.

According to a news release, he currently serves as the State's Attorney of St. Clair County, a post he’s held since 2010.

Kelly also served as an officer in the United States Navy.

For the first time in her 25-year career on the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not on the bench to start the new year.

After the 85-year-old justice was operated on for lung cancer, she decided to work from home rather than return to the court two weeks after surgery. She's expected to make a full recovery and be back at the court soon. A fair amount is known about Ginsburg's cancers and surgery, but the history of Supreme Court justices and their health is murkier.

Perspective: Holding America Hostage

Jan 23, 2019

This week, 800,000 federal workers will miss a second paycheck due to the shutdown of the federal government. On December 11, Mr. Trump declared that he would own the shutdown of the government if Congress did not approve over five billion dollars to fund the construction of a border wall.

National Weather Service

School Closings: early dismissal unless otherwise noted

(Updated 9 a.m. Wed.) Due to snow and icy conditions, Northern Illinois University has extended the closure of the DeKalb campus until 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23. Classes and events starting at 5 p.m. or later will be held as scheduled.

Rock Valley College: all locations closed. Reopens Thursday.

Rockford University is closed.

Kishwaukee College is closed. The IWNC Job Fair will be rescheduled in February

Highland Community College is closed

Perspective: We're Trashing Recycling

Jan 22, 2019
http://dataservices.epa.illinois.gov/recycle/curbside-bin-recycling-guide.html / Illinois EPA

Compared to some folks, I may be pretty green in terms of my interaction with the environment. Heck, at Trader Joe’s they thank me for bringing in my own bags. But after a bit of research, I realized that in my recycling zeal, I was putting prohibited items into my bin.

I was aware that styrofoam and those thin, food containers with the number six etched into the plastic were a no-no but discovered that the Dart Container Corporation in Aurora will accept those, with some exceptions.

The site of the 1908 Springfield Race Riot could soon become a National Historic Monument.

A program designed to curb Illinois’ pension debt is now underway. Early numbers show more Illinois state employees than expected are choosing to take a pension buyout from the state.


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California Sen. Kamala Harris is running for president in 2020. The first-term Democratic senator made the announcement on ABC's Good Morning America Monday morning.

"I love my country, and this is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to fight for the best of who we are," Harris said.

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The state of Illinois is trying to give federal workers some financial relief as the partial government shutdown continues into its fifth week.

 

The Illinois Supreme Court is considering whether Chicago’s regulations on food trucks unfairly stifle competition.

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