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>>Fraternity License Stripped At NIU

(DeKalb, IL)  --  Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity will no longer be active on the campus of Northern Illinois University.  The frat had its license stripped after a 19-year-old pledge was found dead in the frat house last week.  The frat was shut down after an investigation into alleged violations of the university's student code of conduct.  The student group does have the right to appeal, so at this point, it's not clear how long the Pikes will be inactive.

>>Teacher Says Student Gunman Deserves Second Chance

(Bloomington, IL)  --  The Normal Community High teacher who took down a gunman in his classroom thinks the student deserves a second chance.  Derrick Schonauer says he had a special relationship with the student who brought guns and other weapons to school and held a class hostage on September 7th.  Schonauer says he thinks the student just wanted to be heard and never had plans of injuring anyone.  The hero teacher says he doesn't think the gunman deserves the brunt end of the punishment.  He says he's worried and concerned about the 14-year old student who's facing 16-felony counts and remains in juvenile custody.

>>Republican Contenders Line Up For Governor's Job

(Undated)  --  The list of potential candidates eyeing Governor Pat Quinn's job is growing.  Quinn says he'll surely be the Democrats' choice but several well-known Republicans could be looking to take his spot.  Eighteenth District Congressman Aaron Schock, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, and state Senator Kirk Dillard are all potential candidates.  Dillard ran for governor two years ago but state Senator Bill Brady edged him out in the primary.  Candidates will start circulating petitions in about nine months.  The primary is just over 15 months away. 

>>State Officials Look To Prevent Domestic, Sexual Abuse

(Carbondale, IL)  --  Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is teaming up with state Senator Toi Hutchinson again.  The two are headed to Carbondale today to meet with advocates at the Women's Center.  Simon and Hutchinson want to learn more about what resources are needed to help prevent and respond to domestic and sexual violence.  They worked earlier this year to pass a strip club surcharge bill, which forces clubs that offer live, nude dancing to charge patrons an extra three bucks at the door.  The money will help fund rape crisis centers across the state, starting January 1st.

>>Now Could Be Good Time For Gay Marriage Law

(Chicago, IL)  --  Now could be a good time to pass a gay marriage law in Illinois.  That's according to state representative Greg Harris, who tells "Crains Chicago Business," that the climate around gay marriage has changed in a huge way.  He says voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington sent a message Tuesday when they voted to support or uphold gay marriage in those states.  Harris championed a measure which legalized civil unions in Illinois and sponsored a bill to legalize gay marriage earlier this year but didn't call it for a vote because of more pressing issues.  He says he could move forward with the plan next spring.

>>Nestle Recalls Nesquick Chocolate Mix

(Glendale, CA)  --  Nestle is recalling more than 200-thousand containers of its NesQuik chocolate powder mix.  Company officials say there's a possible salmonella risk in its ten-point-nine-, 21-point-eight-, and 40-point-seven-ounce packages of the mix.  The products have a best if sold by date of "October 2014" marked on the bottom.  Anyone who's already purchased the product can return it to the place they bought it for a full refund or they can call Nestle at (800) 628-7679.

 

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