Bruce Rauner's (ROW'-nur) wealth has been an underlying theme throughout the campaign for Illinois governor, from his choice of wristwatch to critics' questions about his business dealings. In an interview with The Associated Press this week, the Winnetka venture capitalist addressed some of the criticisms, saying he acquired his wealth through hard work, not inheritance.
On Tuesday, voters in southern Illinois' Johnson County will decide a non-binding referendum about the high-volume drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The ballot measure essentially serves as an advisory to the county's commissioners about how their constituents feel about fracking, with a "Yes" vote basically reflecting apprehensiveness about or opposition to the debated drilling technique locally.
Lake County Child
A Lake County judge has denied a request by a Waukegan woman accused of killing a 3-month-old child to leave jail to visit her dying father in Milwaukee. The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights reports Judge Victoria Rossetti said Friday she will allow 33-year-old Sarah Gumm to make voice and video connections with her father over the Internet
A Texas-based oil pipeline company blames a leak near Kankakee on what it calls "third-party damage." Hazmat crews have placed booms in a ditch to keep petroleum from reaching the Kankakee River. A spokeswoman for the Illinois EPA says there's no indication that it has. It's believed that about 500 gallons spilled.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan says staff from her office will monitor Illinois' primary election to ensure voting rights are protected and polls are accessible. In a statement, Madigan says voters should call her office if they suspect illegal or improper activity. Illinois' primary is Tuesday, and polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If a voter can't read, has a disability or has trouble understanding English, they have the right to request assistance.
A man who became known for claiming he was the sailor kissing a woman in Times Square in a famous World War II-era photo taken by a Life magazine photographer has died. Houston Police Department forensic artist Lois Gibson, who says she identified Glenn McDuffie as the man in the picture, says Friday that he died March 9. McDuffie was 86.
FLOOD INSURANCE BILLS
Homeowners living in flood-prone neighborhoods can look forward to protection from big increases in their insurance bills. President Barack Obama is set to sign a bipartisan bill reversing much of a 2012 overhaul of the government's much-criticized flood insurance program after angry homeowners facing sharp premium hikes protested.
A measure allowing high school testing companies other than GED Testing Services to operate in the state is advancing in the Illinois Legislature. Lawmakers say a recent GED price increase from $50 to $120 strains low-income test takers and changing the law could drive down costs. The bill passed the House last week and now moves to the Senate.