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Expanded outdoor recreation area to open in Fulton County

outdoorsannc102714-smState Senator Dave Koehler joined representatives from the governor's office, Fulton County and the Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development to announce that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is opening nearly 4,400 acres for new hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.

The land is part of 14,000 acres that the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago purchased in 1970 to dispose of safe, non-toxic debris by restoring strip-mined land. Today, the site is home to a healthy herd of deer, wild turkey, quail, waterfowl and more.

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Link: If striking teachers aren’t getting paid, neither should administrators

Link-flagWith the Waukegan teachers strike headed for a fourth week, State Senator Terry Link said he’s looking into proposing a state law that would force administrators to go without pay whenever schools shut down because of contract disputes.

Waukegan School District 60 teachers have been on strike since Oct. 2. Negotiations have stalled, resulting in school closures for 17,000 students.

“Perhaps administrators would be more interested in resolving this situation if they had more skin in the game,” said Link, a Waukegan Democrat. “Superintendents shouldn’t collect their salaries for showing up and turning on the lights when the classrooms are empty.”

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October means breast cancer awareness, prevention

octoberOnce seen as a woman’s issue, breast cancer is a national health issue that affects men, women and increasingly younger adults. Illinoisans should be aware of traditional diagnostic issues and prevention methods in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

There are several types of breast cancer, a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of a breast. The disease occurs mostly in women, but men are susceptible to the hereditary disease as well.

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Biotherapy facility expansion brings $240 million Southland development: Hutchinson

microscopeKankakee County has just received good news for future employment in the form of a second facility expansion to a resident biotherapy company’s Bourbonnais Township campus. The second development plan follows a recently completed 140,000-square-foot expansion. Bourbannais Township’s 64-acre campus will be undergoing another $240-million, 300,000-square-foot expansion that will be ready for production in 2017.

“The recent investment in private infrastructure in Kankakee County illustrates the confidence the corporate world has in the Southland,” State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said.

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Senator Collins’ $21.5 million METRA Project to serve Auburn Gresham

collins-metraCHICAGO — State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16) stood with Governor Pat Quinn and other high-ranking officials on Saturday to announce the building of a new South Side Metra stop on the Rock Island Line. This project is the culmination of a 5-year effort in which Senator Collins lobbied, fought and advocated for the $21.5 million in state capital funds.

“The people of Auburn Gresham and adjoining communities deserve this opportunity; the opportunity for job creation, community engagement and economic development,“ said Collins.

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