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How the Wine Trade War Could Impact Chicago Restaurants Your favorite glass of French chardonnay may soon be a lot more expensive.

Ready or not, Springfield preps for an energy-industry rumble "We've got to address the energy needs of our state and we've got to move toward cleaner energy. Exelon and its fleet of nuclear plants produce more power in Illinois than any other generator, and any comprehensive clean-energy policy surely will have to address their future.

A wrongheaded idea about right-to-work in Illinois And while the details of what exactly the Operating Engineers want are still sketchy, the reason for concern now is that the union has already begun discussions about it with legislative leaders and Gov. Pritzker. Legislation could come at any moment, and there appears to be plenty of momentum in Springfield to make sure it's heard.

Kia Smith's Dance Through Time When she was a little girl, the 31-year-old South Side native dreamed of owning a dance studio, even before she decided to become a professional dancer.

Illinois deer hunting seasons preliminary harvest totals 153,048 QUINCY - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reported Friday that hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 153,048 deer during all 2019-20 archery and firearm seasons, which concluded Sunday. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 151,709 deer in 2018-19.

AP source: Vikings' Paton withdraws from Browns GM job hunt Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton withdrew his candidacy Friday for Cleveland's general manager vacancy, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the search process.

What's new in the China virus outbreak Hundreds of cases of a new viral respiratory illness have been confirmed in China and elsewhere since an outbreak began last month in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Scientists have identified the illness as a new kind of coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold.

Chicago Weather: Storm could bring several inches of wet snow by Saturday AM Dense fog persisted throughout the afternoon, creating many areas of low visibility, and a wintry mix falling Friday morning created sloppy and slushy roads across the area. A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. Friday for much of the Chicago area, including Cook, Will, DuPage, Lake and McHenry counties.

Porter Moser: Coaching With Purpose at Loyola University Chicago "I have a purpose here," Moser said. "I love everyday walking down by the quote of St. Ignatius." In the university's stadium, the quote reads, "Go forth and set the world on fire." "It means have a purpose. It means win the day. I think people really live that.

Michigan vs. Illinois Basketball Preview Michigan looks to get back on track against an Illinois team that has won five straight.

Hotel Recruits Robots to Deliver Room Service! If you love droids, you may wanna book a stay at Hotel EMC2 in the Windy City. Robots named Leo and Cleo seamlessly navigate the hotel hallways and elevators to get guests what they want.

Unit Two Board Personnel Action Personnel items were addressed by the Bond County Unit 2 school board at its January meeting. The retirement of Julie Mangelsdorf, as a special education teacher at Pocahontas School, was accepted, effective the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

Online GU Credits For High School, Homeschool Students High school and homeschooled students across the U.S. will now be able to earn college credits online toward a future degree at GU, thanks to a new partnership between Greenville University and TEL Library, a non-profit curriculum and educational technology organization.

Commissioners To Create New Police Eligibility List The Greenville Board of Police Commissioners has decided to begin the process of creating a new police eligibility list. Board Member Allan Davis said an orientation session will be scheduled in about a month for persons interested in Greenville police work.

ISP Warn Of "Spoofing" Call Scam Illinois State Police officials have received multiple calls from the public concerning suspected scam calls. Various ISP districts throughout the state have received reports from citizens stating they have received calls from individuals with a foreign accent claiming to be members of the Illinois State Police seeking their personal information.

Jury deliberating in Hinsdale murder case She raised doubts about the storage of one of Sanders' shoes, on which authorities say they found drops of Andrea Urban's blood, suggesting they may have come into contact with other collected evidence.

Comets To Play For 7th Place The Greenville Comets will play for seventh place in the Litchfield Invitational Saturday afternoon. The Comets were defeated Thursday night by Gateway Legacy 47-40. Gateway led the entire game, building a 19-point lead late in the third quarter. The Comets kept playing hard and whittled the deficit to five points with nine seconds to play.

Kyle Fuller: Watching brother Kendall in Super Bowl is 'going to be cool' The Bears cornerback is one of four siblings to play in the NFL.

Lightfoot’s most powerful City Council ally urges her to abandon threat to abolish aldermanic prerogative over zoning She has promised to do the same for aldermanic prerogative over zoning. But that will require a City Council vote. On Friday, Ald. Scott Waguespack, the mayor's handpicked Finance Committee chairman, advised Lightfoot to shelve the zoning fight. "You don't need to take a broad sword and chop it out….

What can you do in response to coronavirus? The chance of coronavirus spreading through casual contact with an infected person is extremely slim, says Doctor Robert Citronberg, infectious diseases director for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. While donning masks would protect against contracting the virus, it's also unnecessary for most people at this point, he added.

Girl, 15, reported missing from Englewood Kylie Childs was last seen Thursday in the 6400 block of South Eggleston Avenue, Chicago police said. She was wearing an orange coat, a black hooded sweatshirt and pink boots, police said. Childs frequently visits the area near the 7200 block of South Claremont Avenue and the 7100 block of South Cicero Avenue.

Man shot during robbery in Rogers Park on Far North Side; community alert issued On North Bosworth in Rogers Park. The victim was on the sidewalk when he was approached by a group of men, police said. One of the men allegedly then pulled a gun and opened fire, police said. The victim was shot in the chest and transported to St. Francis Hospital in serious condition, police said.

NFHS "Beyond The Scoreboard" Video Released…on correcting negative adult fan behavior INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The National Federation of State High School Associations has released "Beyond The Scoreboard," the second installment of its new video series centered on correcting negative adult fan behavior at high school events.

No. 21 Illinois ties for first in the Big Ten ahead of road trip to Michigan Saturday 1 public school for international students. January 23, 2020. Students and faculty destress through mindful movement. January 22, 2020. The No. 21 Illinois men's basketball team is tied for first in the Big Ten after No. 11-ranked Michigan State fell to unranked Indiana in Bloomington, Ind.

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