Facebook wants to nudge you into ‘meaningful’ online groups

Barbara Ortutay and Michael Liedtke Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At Facebook, mere “sharing” is getting old. Finding deeper meaning in online communities is the next big thing. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is no longer satisfied with just connecting the world so that people can pass around baby pictures and live video — or fake news More...

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By Jake Leonard On Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
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‘Unmarked’ government vehicles targeted by transparency group

Local governments throughout Illinois own a total of more than 270,000 cars, according to the Edgar County Watchdogs (ECW), who also say they are working on a system to allow anyone to quickly identify municipal More...

By Colby Applegate On Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
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Chapin touts GOP proposal, says Madigan must compromise

Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) supports a budget proposal from Republican lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner’s call for a special session to end the state’s budget impasse, according to a recent press release. “Yesterday, More...

By Associated Press On Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
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Fighting Illini plans for performance center instead of much-needed Memorial Stadium renovations

Illinois’ Memorial Stadium is seen before the start of the NCAA college football game against Charleston Southern Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 in Champaign, Ill. (AP File Photo/Seth Perlman) CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — More...

By Associated Press On Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
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Blackhawks’ Hossa to miss all next season with skin disorder

Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will miss the entire upcoming NHL season because of severe side effects from medication to treat a progressive skin condition More...

By United Press International On Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns after series of scandals

Ray Downs United Press International SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — Uber founder Travis Kalanick has resigned as the company’s chief executive officer after months of scandal saw investors lose faith in the More...

By Colby Applegate On Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
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Skillicorn decries compromise budget

Despite Gov. Bruce Rauner’s pleas for unity on Tuesday night, Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) told the McHenry Times that he won’t vote for a state budget from either party that maintains the status More...

By Jake Leonard On Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
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Elections board will be ‘toast’ without new computers by 2018 elections, official says

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ ongoing budget problem has left the Illinois State Board of Elections in a financial hole so deep that agency officials claim they can’t afford the new computers they need to handle More...

By Jake Leonard On Monday, June 19th, 2017
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Coles County can’t fix debt by upping assessed value, group argues

MATTOON – Raising the equalized assessed value (EAV) can’t dig a county out of millions of dollars in debt, according to a recent argument made by the Edgar County Watchdogs on their Illinois Leaks More...

By Colby Applegate On Monday, June 19th, 2017
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Ex-state senator sues over ‘unconstitutional’ skipped paychecks, years after supporting skipped pay

A former member of the Illinois Senate is suing the state’s comptroller to get money he claims was denied him during a decade in office — even though he voted for the measure he now claims is illegal. Michael More...