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 NEWS OF ILLINOIS

  Wednesday, 23-Apr-2014 23:14 EDT
Allstate: Virgos have most crashes
NORTHBROOK, Ill., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Illinois-based Allstate Insurance said its analysis of car accidents related to astrology found Virgos were the most likely to crash vehicles.

Lura Ryan's condition 'very grave'
KANKAKEE, Ill., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The terminally ill wife of jailed former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is home from the hospital but may have only weeks to live, an attorney said.

Ill. public school silent time reinstated
BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A suburban Chicago girl and her outspoken atheist father said they'd appeal an injunction's removal that returned a moment of silence to state public schools.

Walgreens uncorks store brand beer
DEERFIELD, Ill., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. drug store chain Walgreen Co. is expanding its alcohol sales with its own beer called Big Flats 1901, the company said.

Agave seen as excellent biofuel source
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Agave, cultivated for alcoholic beverages and for fiber, could be used as a sustainable biofuel feedstock, U.S. researchers say.

Rival woos man fired for Packers tie
OAK LAWN, Ill., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A Chicago-area car dealer says he wants to hire a salesman fired by a rival for refusing to remove his Green Bay Packers necktie after the Bears' playoff loss.

Study: Human meddling may halt extinctions
EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Human intervention in imperiled ecosystems could prevent species extinctions that often ripple through disturbed or damaged environments, U.S. researchers say.

Ill. high court gets urgent Emanuel appeal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Illinois' top court received an emergency late-night motion to keep Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel's name on the ballot until the court makes a ruling.

Detroit orchestra talks stalled
DETROIT, Ill., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Contract talks between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its striking musicians have broken down, but both sides said they want to meet again.

Family gets $8M for police-caused deaths
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- An Illinois court Wednesday awarded $8 million to the family of two girls, ages 13 and 18, killed in a crash with a state trooper.

Giant U.S. crayfish species found
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A new species of crayfish has been discovered in Tennessee and Alabama at least twice the size of any species previously found in the region, researchers say.

Material makes electricity from waste heat
EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've found a material that can generate electricity from the waste heat of car exhaust systems or industrial processes and equipment.

Winter jacket saves small dog from owl
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- An Illinois man credited his chihuahua's winter jacket with saving the small canine from a great horned owl attack.

'Eyeball' camera that can zoom developed
EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've developed a tiny camera that mimics the human eye with the added bonus of a zoom capability, something the eye cannot do.

Brain scan can predict video game aptitude
URBANA, Ill., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- U.S researchers say they can predict video game aptitude using brain scans.

Ill. moment of silence law takes effect
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Illinois education officials notified local school districts Friday they can start beginning the school day with a "moment of silence."

Brain-damaged man has uncertain future
CHICAGO, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A brain-injured Chicago man with a dangerous lack of impulse control has fallen through the cracks in Illinois' social service network, his mother says.

Three teens charged as adults in gang rape
STICKNEY, Ill., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Three Chicago-area teenagers were charged as adults in an alleged gang rape of a 14-year-old girl that police say was videotaped on a cellphone.

Cops follow prints in snow, nab suspects
EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Police in Evanston, Ill., said they followed footprints in the snow to catch up with and arrest two young men and a teenage boy for burglary.

Teacher uses comics to boost reading
ELK GROVE, Ill., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- An Illinois teacher awarded a $500 grant to stock his school library with comic books and graphic novels said they improve reading skills.

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