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EAST ST. LOUIS-STABBING DEATH
BELLEVILLE, Ill. — For nearly two years, Michelle Rowling appeared to cry out for help, worried her boyfriend who once cut her throat would follow through on what the mother of two young children said were his persistent, jealousy-fueled threats to kill her. Last week, the same day Cooper was freed from jail after again admitting he had assaulted Rowling, she ominously posted on Facebook: “So if anything happens to me tonight just let me kids know I loved them dearly and tell my momma I love her.” Five days later she was dead, repeatedly stabbed. Court records reviewed by the AP present a troubling picture of a turbulent relationship between Rowling and the man now accused of killing her, amid frustrated efforts to do something about it. By Jim Suhr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photo by 3 p.m.
CHICAGO — Illinois took a giant step toward fixing its biggest financial problem Thursday by putting a sweeping pension reform on the books, but legislators’ inaction on tax incentives aimed at keeping companies and creating new jobs has triggered fresh concerns about the state’s business climate. The Senate and a House committee took up legislation this week offering tax breaks for Archer Daniels Midland Company, chemical distributor Univar and newly-merged OfficeMax and Office Depot. But the House left after Tuesday’s pension vote, pushing the issue into 2014 since lawmakers aren’t due back until January. The slowed action — an ADM official said the company needed a decision by year’s end — could frustrate companies and give other states that have already ridiculed Illinois for its unemployment and major financial problems the chance to swoop in. By Sophia Tareen. SENT: 850 words, photos. First moved Thursday.
BENTON, Ill. — Snow is piling up in parts of southern Illinois and forecasters say parts of the region could get more than a foot by the time a wintry storm moves through the region. The storm, which is blanketing wide swaths of the nation in bitter temperatures and thick coats of ice, was responsible for dozens of accidents and school closures. But by midmorning Friday, there were few — if any — power outages blamed on the storm. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.
— WINTRY WEATHER-SIUC CLASSES CANCELED.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corp. said Friday that it will spin off its Lands’ End clothing business as a separate company by distributing stock to the retailer’s shareholders. It’s the latest move by the struggling retailer to turn around its results as it faces wider losses and increasingly displeased investors. Sears shares rose more than 4 percent in premarket trading. Sears had said in October that it was considering separating the Lands’ End and Sears Auto Center businesses from the rest of the company. It did not mention Sears Auto Center in Friday’s announcement. SENT: 450 words.
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JOLIET, Ill. — Government workers in Will County voted to approve new four-year contracts. Thursday’s vote came after members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1028 returned to work following a 16-day strike. The new deal includes a 4.5 percent cost of living increase and changes to the suburban Chicago county’s pay scale, which will also increase how much money workers earn. But it also raised health insurance costs that employees pay, in some cases doubling the cost of premiums. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 317 words.
WASHINGTON, Ill. — The mayor of the tornado-wrecked central Illinois community of Washington said the city has lost nearly half its property tax value since last month’s storms destroyed or damaged about 1,000 homes. Gary Manier’s comments came during a community meeting Thursday evening with City Administrator Tim Gleason that was attended by about 200 residents, according to a report in The (Peoria) Journal Star. Manier said early estimates show that 47 percent of Washington’s property tax value was lost in the Nov. 17 tornado. Officials said that would most likely hurt the community’s school district, which relies on tax revenue for its budget. SENT: 200 words.
KANKAKEE, Ill. — The long days and nights that Edwin Williams used to spend in his 2002 Ford sedan are over. It was previously reported in The Daily Journal that the 76-year-old retiree had spent more than three years living his car, a former Michigan State Police squad car. As a Vietnam era Marine, he had other options, but veterans-provided accommodations were not interested in taking in his companion, a Rottweiller, Diamond. Local Good Samaritans helped Williams with everything from dog food to new glasses, dental work and hot meals. But living accommodations were a no-go until an old friend bought a small home on North Adams Street in northwest Kankakee. By Dennis Yohnka. The (Kankakee) Daily Journal. SENT: 390 words, photo.
— HEROIN TRAFFICKING-SENTENCES: A mother and son were ordered to spend decades in federal prison for their roles in a heroin-trafficking scheme linked to two overdose deaths. SENT: 130 words.
— FATAL ACCIDENT-CHARGES: A southwestern Illinois man is facing drunken driving charges for a fatal crash that killed five people. SENT: 130 words.
— UIC-STRIKE AUTHORIZATION: Unionized faculty members at the University of Illinois at Chicago have authorized a strike, even as contract negotiations continue. SENT: 130 words.
— SEVERE WEATHER-BENEFIT CONCERT: Authorities say this week’s benefit concert for Illinois tornado victims has raised about $300,000 for relief efforts. SENT: 130 words.
— GANG SENTENCING: A Chicago man is facing 70 years in prison for the murder of a man shot in his car on the city’s South Side. SENT: 130 words.
— CHICAGO-NEW PROVOST: The director of Argonne National Laboratory has been selected to be the University of Chicago’s next provost. SENT: 130 words.
— INJURED HUNTER-RESCUE: A 75-year-old man is recovering after falling from a deer tree stand in a remote part of southwestern Illinois. SENT: 130 words.
— CHICAGO GROCERIES: Mayor Rahm Emanuel is forming a city task force after the announcement that dozens of Dominick’s stores in the Chicago area will close. SENT: 130 words.
— SALVATION ARMY-BUCKET THEFT: A Salvation Army bell ringer is accused of stealing more than $1,000 from a donation bucket and trying to use someone’s lost credit card. SENT: 130 words.
— HEALTH OVERHAUL-ARTISTS: The city of Chicago is holding a town hall event for artists who are interested in finding out about health insurance options available to them under President Barack Obama’s health care law. SENT; 130 words.
— EDUCATION CENTER: A contract has been awarded to begin work on a new $44.8 million center in Chicago to train students for jobs in transportation and logistics. SENT: 130 words.
— CHICAGO-RAIL SAFETY: U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is pressing Metra to clarify the commuter rail agency’s position on installing a federally mandated safety system. SENT: 130 words.
— PAVEMENT PRESERVATION CENTER: A new center at Michigan State University aims to look for better ways to preserve roadways.
FBC-T25–N. ILLINOIS-BOWLING GREEN
DETROIT — Jordan Lynch and the undefeated Northern Illinois Huskies face off against Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference championships. Northern Illinois needs a win to put itself in a position to earn a second straight BCS bowl bid, but Bowling Green is fighting to claim its first MAC title since 1992. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game begins at 7 p.m. CT.
ROSEMONT, Ill. — Jahii Carson and Arizona State visit DePaul, hoping to knock off the Blue Demons after losing to them each of the past two seasons. Carson is averaging 20.2 points. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.
Anaheim at Chicago, 7 p.m.
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