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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news:  Jesse Jackson, Junior is hours away from finding out if he’s going to prison.  A new law is designed to make sure people get the best response possible when they dial 911 from a cell phone. A mining worker is recovering after being injured on the job.  Starved Rock State Park could soon become the eighth wonder of the world.

>>Jackson, Junior Faces Sentencing

(Washington, D.C.)  --  It’s judgment day for Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. He’ll find out whether he’ll spend time behind bars for spending 750-thousand dollars in campaign funds on personal items, like buying his mistress a 40-thousand dollar Rolex.  Jackson pled guilty to the charges earlier this year.  Prosecutors want him to spend at least four years in prison for his crimes.  Jackson’s mental health issues may play a role in how the judge rules.

>>Quinn Wants To Boost Wheat Production In Illinois

(Springfield, IL)  --  Ag officials want to see a rise in wheat production in Illinois, and Governor Quinn is on board with the plan.  He’s planning to appoint a temporary wheat development committee to come up with new markets for wheat products and to provide research for wheat farming.  Believe it or not, Illinois once led the nation in wheat production.  But, it took a nosedive after World War II, when the demand for corn and soybeans increased.  Officials say wheat is still an important crop but it ranks as the third largest in the state.

>>Law Requires Development Of New 911 Transfer System

(Joliet, IL)  --  Calling 911 may not always be effective when you’ve traveled outside your area code.  That’s because many times the call will automatically be routed to an operator in your home town.  But a new law requires the state to develop a 9-1-1 transfer system.  It’ll allow emergency operators to direct calls to the closest first responders and get people the help they need when they need it.  Governor Quinn says the law is vital to keeping the public safe.

>>Mining Worker Injured On Job

(Coulterville, IL)  --  A mining worker is recovering after being injured on the job.  Officials say the man was hit in the back when a rock fell between two bolts at the Gateway Mine in Coulterville.  He was rushed to a nearby hospital.  Officials say his injuries are not life-threatening.

>>Sheila Simon Band To Play State Fair

(Springfield, IL)  --  Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is taking off her politician hat and picking up her banjo.  She’ll take the stage with her band, Loose Gravel, at the State Fair this afternoon.  It’s the third year in a row the blues band has performed at the fair.  They’ll be on the Miller Lite Stage from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

>>Starved Rock Nominated As Eighth Wonder OF World

(Oglesby, IL)  --  Starved Rock State Park could soon become the eighth wonder of the world. It’s up against about 100 worldwide attractions competing for the title, including the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the Milwaukee Art Museum.  The park is tucked away in Oglesby, Illinois and draws about two million visitors each year.  Online voting at will help determine the winner, which winner will be announced in October.

Nicole Wilson/kmc IL) STL) MO) SCC)

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