U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May To Step Down June 7

Updated at 5:49 a.m. ET Theresa May will step down as prime minister of the United Kingdom on June 7, she said Friday at No. 10 Downing St. She came to the job in 2016 after U.K. voters backed plans to exit the European Union in a referendum. For the following three years, she attempted to navigate the difficult and complex process of making that happen. "I feel as certain today as I did three years ago that in a democracy, if you give people a choice, you have a duty to implement what they...

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Starved Rock State Park will face crowds and intermittent closures this Memorial Day weekend. 

The park already receives many visitors at this time of year, but IDNR spokeswoman Rachel Torbert says recent flooding has put their main parking lot under water.

“About 650 fewer parking spots this Memorial Day Weekend, which means an already busy weekend with quite a few patrons visiting the park is going to be even busier with travel delays and possible closures when parking fills up at the park,” she said.

Perspective: The Beast In The Jungle

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The spirit of creation drifts over the surface of the void. I conjure this image and imagine a swelling power withholding, breathing, and reveling in its perfect potential. There is something sublime about the moments before any creation. The palpable silence calling for art to fill its emptiness, if you listen, is everywhere. 

   

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When Gov. J.B. Pritzker introduced his freshman budget this winter, he proposed a range of new or increased taxes. It was intended to let Illinois government hobble through next year’s budget on its way to a graduated income tax.

Perspective: Lighten Up And Enjoy Life This Summer

May 23, 2019
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Even though summer is almost here, that doesn’t mean everyone’s mood is all “sunshine and buttercups.” In fact, over the past few years, the levels of stress, anger, and worry Americans experience every day has been on the rise. And the heaviest toll is taken on folks under 50. Maybe once you reach 50, you’ve seen enough of the world to know that getting worked up about something outside your control is a colossal waste of precious time. You also probably realize that the more things change, the more they stay the same.  

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The DeKalb Park District and the City of DeKalb are making plans to relocate city hall functions to the Park District's historic downtown property at 164 E. Lincoln Highway. The former Nehring building dates back to 1892 when it was occupied by the DeKalb National Bank and Sheets and Knodle Hardware. It was owned by First National Bank of DeKalb from 1902 to 1966. 

DeKalb City Manager Bill Nicklas said the move makes financial sense. 

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Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb could have a new breast health center by the fall.

Officials with Northwestern Medicine say the center is meant to increase breast cancer screening rates in DeKalb County. That rate is 65%, compared to a statewide average of 78%. The center will be a buildout of 6,000 square feet on the hospital office building's first floor.

Should Illinois Gun Owners Be Fingerprinted?

May 22, 2019
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Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to overhaul the application process for Firearm Owner’s Identification cards.

The plan would require legal gun owners to submit fingerprints at their own cost and create a database for law enforcement to see whose FOID cards have been revoked or suspended.

It comes after a man shot and killed five former coworkers and wounded responding police earlier this year in Aurora. It later came out his FOID card had already been revoked, but the state police never made sure he got rid of his guns.

Affordable-housing advocates are joining the chorus calling on Illinois lawmakers to approve an infrastructure plan.

Perspective: The Quiet, Competent Ones

May 22, 2019

I grew up in a family in crisis, feeling barely noticed and preferring it that way. I probably seemed shy, but mostly I was just convinced that there wasn’t much point in speaking up because I figured nobody would listen anyway. 

 

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For our Season One finale, we celebrate the unveiling of a new Abraham Lincoln statue in Naperville, Illinois. It is the world's only statue depicting young Lincoln laughing.* And it wouldn't be a proper Lincoln statue unveiling without a proper Lincoln presenter: stage actor and 25-year Lincoln veteran Michael Krebs.

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The federal Department of Health and Human Services is proposing to roll back an Obama-era policy intended to protect transgender people from discrimination in health care.

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Harvey Weinstein and his former film studio board members have reached a tentative deal with women who accused the movie mogul of sexual misconduct.

On Thursday, Adam Harris, a lawyer for studio co-founder Bob Weinstein, told a bankruptcy court judge that "an economic agreement in principal" had been reached.

Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are very much on each other's minds.

At his campaign rally in Philadelphia on Saturday, the former vice president went off script — twice — to deride a protester with a whistle.

"That must be Bernie or somebody," Biden said, raising eyebrows and drawing laughs.

Minutes later, with Biden talking about unity and governing amid more background whistling, he used the whistler as a punchline.

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