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HEALTH OVERHAUL RATES-ILLINOIS
CHICAGO — With just days to go, Gov. Pat Quinn is trickling out some limited information about what Illinois health insurance prices will be on the new marketplace that’s a backbone of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Quinn says the monthly rates for the lowest-cost plans for a 25-year-old is $120 in Chicago or $128 in Peoria; for a 40-year-old it would be $152 in Chicago or $163 in Peoria; and for 60-year old consumer it would be $323 in Chicago or $346 in Peoria. Most Illinois residents will be able to choose from at least 34 plans when the marketplace goes live Oct. 1. By Carla K. Johnson. UPCOMING: 800 words.
CHICAGO — At least two men are charged in the mass shooting of 13 people in a park on Chicago’s southwest side. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is providing an update on the continuing investigation. Authorities say as many as three people opened fire Thursday on a basketball court in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Among those injured was 3-year-old Deonta Howard, who was recovering from surgery after he was shot near the ear. By Jason Keyser. SENT: 450 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words following 9:30 a.m. news conference, possible court appearance.
ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND-HEADQUARTERS
DECATUR — Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s announcement Monday that it wants to move its global headquarters and 100 high-level jobs out of the small central Illinois city of Decatur has many people in town on edge. Unemployment is high — 13.2 percent in July. Caterpillar Inc. laid off hundreds this year. And it’s only been three years since another big company moved its North American headquarters to the Chicago suburbs. But it’s more than just the loss of jobs: The city will be losing the headquarters of the economic titan that gives Decatur significance beyond its size. By David Mercer. SENT: 809 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words updated.
GENIUS GRANTS, HFR
CHICAGO — The MacArthur Foundation announces its annual “genius grants.” Now $625,000 each, the grants are paid over five years, give recipients freedom to pursue a creative vision, and winners do not have to report how they spend the money. By Don Babwin. UPCOMING: 800 words will move as a Hold For Release at 4 p.m. CT with embargo lifting at 11:01 p.m. CT, photos. Story should not be published in any format until 11:01 p.m. CT.
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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Dozens of firearm instructors have been approved to train Illinois concealed carry applicants. (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald. UPCOMING: 300-350 words.
FARM SAFETY ILLINOIS
SPRINGFIELD — Officials say Illinois farmers had the safest season in decades last year, with a dozen farm-related fatalities. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1b8S4on) the deaths occurred between July 2012 and June 2013. The 12 deaths were the lowest number since the insurance company Country Financial began tracking the figures in 1978. HEHER. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.
ELGIN — Many people grow up being inspired by someone. A teacher, friend or coach who pushed you to achieve things greater than you ever thought possible. Rebekah Gillette of Elgin hopes she is that person to every young man and woman she coaches. Even after discovering a lump in her breast in 2008, Gillette made an inspiring commitment to follow through with coaching gymnastics, even if that meant taking a trash can to practice in case she was sick from chemotherapy. By Emmalee Luckas. (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald. SENT:
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—WILLIAMSON COUNTY-ROAD RAGE: A southern Illinois man is free on bond after being accused of hospitalizing a teenager in what authorities describe as a case of road rage.
—FARM SAFETY ILLINOIS: Officials say Illinois farmers had the safest season in decades last year, with a dozen farm-related fatalities.
—CAREGIVER-IDENTITY THEFT: A 70-year-old’s caregiver is accused of stealing more than $25,000 from the southern Illinois woman.
—O’FALLON POLICE CHIEF-SERVICES: Services are set for a longtime southwestern Illinois police chief who has died after a four-year cancer fight.
—BURNED BODIES IN TRUNK: Cook County officials say two men have been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of a mother and daughter whose bodies were found in the trunk of a burning vehicle.
—WATER CONSERVATION: Bloomington officials are urging residents in the central Illinois community to conserve water because of a drought, but aren’t making restrictions mandatory.
—SEXUAL ASSAULTS: Police are investigating two reported sexual assaults at a northern Illinois college.
—ILLINOIS-BUSINESS ENTERPRISE: Illinois officials are scheduling a series of public hearings to discuss making it easier for all private businesses to bid on state contracts.
—BASKETBALL ARENA-ARCHITECT: An internationally known architecture firm has been chosen to design an event center in Chicago that will double as DePaul University’s basketball arena.
—DILLINGER-DEATH MASK: A plaster mask cast from the face of gangster John Dillinger after his death is going on display in Springfield.
—CAT KILLED-MAN ACCUSED: A southwestern Illinois man faces a felony animal cruelty charge after authorities say he killed a stray cat by hitting the animal with a metal bed frame.
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