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(Harvey, IL)  --  The DOC is giving ex-cons the tools they need to get readjusted to life outside of prison.   They’re hosting a Summit of Hope in Harvey today.  The former inmates will be connected with potential employers, they can meet with the Prison Review Board to talk about clearing their records, meet with church leaders, or even get tested for HIV or AIDS.  The purpose of the Summit of Hope is to equip the former inmates with the resources they need to become law abiding, responsible members of society.  The Summit will be at the Thornton High School Fieldhouse starting at 8:00a.m.

>>No More Court Supervision For Deadly Accidents

(Chicago, IL)  --  A new law prohibits the courts from handing out court supervision to any driver charged in a deadly crash, if they’ve been given supervision in the past.  Secretary of State Jesse White says court supervision allows drivers to get their licenses back and that’s not a privilege that drivers should have if they’ve killed someone.  Another new law prohibits people under 18 from getting a license if they have an outstanding traffic ticket.  Both laws take effect January 1st.

>>Urbana Parents Want To Open All Boys Middle School

(Urbana, IL)  --  An all-boys Junior High School is in the works in Urbana.  Parents are behind the new idea, which will feature small class sizes and a rigorous curriculum that includes foreign language, music, and computer skills.  The “Champaign News Gazette” reports the school would compliment the Campus Middle School for Girls but won’t be in the same building.  Parents are still working out the details about how to operate the school.  They’re hosting an informational meeting at 7:00p.m. on August 15th at the Wesley Foundation for people who want to get involved.

>>WIU Professor Set To Release Mystery Book

(Macomb, IL)  --  A new book highlighting unsolved mysteries and true crime stories in Illinois is now on store shelves.  There are stories of actual spontaneous combustion in the book, where people literally caught on fire and burned to death.  Another story highlights the death of a former U.S. Senator from Illinois’ daughter who was killed inside the family home while everyone was asleep.  The book is called "Myths and Mysteries of Illinois: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained.”

>>U of I Top Party School

(Champaign, IL)  --  The U of I in Champaign is one of the top party schools in the nation.  The Princeton Review asked 126-thousand students a series of questions based on college life, and when it comes to hitting the party scene, the U of I came in at number three.  That’s partly because students in Champaign and Urbana can get into bars before they turn 21.  On the other side of the token, Wheaton College, a Christian college in Wheaton, Illinois, comes in as one of the most sober school in the U.S.

>>Two Days Until The State Fair

(Springfield, IL)  --  The State Fair is just two days away.  The opening parade will get underway at 6:00p.m. Thursday night, featuring high school bands from all across the state.  The parade will start at Ninth and North Grand and proceed down Peoria Road to 11th Street before making its way to the Main Gate at the fairgrounds.   The fair will run through the 18th.  Admission is seven bucks for adults and three for senior citizens and kids between five and 12.

Law Helps Prosecutors Target Child Predators

(Undated)  --  A new Illinois law will help prosecutors better target child predators.  The "Tribune" says prosecutors chasing cases of attempted child abduction can introduce the defendant's similar past convictions as evidence.  Typically, past convictions aren't admissible in court.  Supporters say doing so might show a pattern of targeting children.

>>Hearing On Halted Paychecks To Lawmakers Is Today

(Undated)  --  A hearing will be held today in Springfield over the spat that's stopped paychecks to Illinois lawmakers.  Governor Pat Quinn recently decided to stop paychecks for lawmakers for failing to fix the state's pension mess.  In a subsequent lawsuit Illinois' nearly 200 lawmakers want a judge to declare Quinn's decision "null and void."

>>Peoria Hasn't Complied With A-Gs Ruling

(Peoria, IL)  --  The Illinois Attorney General's office says the identities of more than two-dozen people required to attend an anti-gun violence initiative should be made public.  According to the "Journal Star" Peoria city officials have not complied with the ruling although they were told last week to release the names.  The anti-gun initiative known as "Don't Shoot" seeks to cut down on violent crime.

>>Springfield Joins 'National Night Out'

(Undated)  --  Springfield will join hundreds of cities for tonight's National Night Out against crime.  The Night Out and National Association of Town Watch is the largest crime prevention network in the country.  National Night Out started in 1984 as a way fro get people involved in local crime prevention.

 

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