Research Into Brain Damage Gets Boost
(Evanston, IL) -- Evanston researchers investigating neurological damage suffered by football players are close to opening their studies to a much wider sampling, which could lead to better answers. Researchers like those at NorthShore Neurological Institute for years have been limited in their investigation into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE, because they could only used the brain tissue from deceased athletes. But researchers have introduced a new type of brain scan performed on the living. Early scans done on five former NFL players who all suffered at least one concussion in their career showed higher amounts of a protein considered hallmark evidence of CTE. That same protein was found in at least three ex-professionals, including Junior Seau and former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson.
Springfield Teachers Worried About Move
(Springfield, IL) -- Employees with the Springfield School District have new safety concerns following the proposal to consolidate its alternative programs. Employees are worried about the plan to move classes at Douglas Alternative School to the Lawrence Education Center. Teachers say with so many students in one place they may lose control of the students. The district says the move will save more than 150-thousand dollars.
Student Caught Making Phony IDs At U-I
(Champaign, IL) -- A phony ID operation run by a student at the University of Illinois is busted by campus authorities. U-I cops say 18-year-old Arturo Perez-Vera will appear in court today to face charges after his weekend arrest while in his Weston Hall dorm room. Authorities stumbled onto Perez-Vera's illegal ID making while responding a report that someone smelled cannabis coming from the student's second-floor dorm room. During a search of his room officers found evidence including a fake driver's license.
IL Fares Well In Government Corruption Study
(Undated) -- The state of Illinois receives some encouraging marks according to a study into government corruption. The annual State Integrity Investigation gives Illinois an overall grade of C on its newly-released corruption risk report card. The report says in light of Illinois' notorious ethical legacy only limited reforms have been enacted. Illinois fared poorly in the categories of legislative accountability, civil service management and redistricting.