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A judge ordered Midwest Academy to pay former employee Cheyenne Jerred $748,800 in her whistleblower lawsuit against the shuttered Lee County boarding school for troubled teens.

IL Senate Approves Abortion Safeguards; Veto Likely

May 11, 2017

The Democratic-controlled Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to expand public financing for abortions and ensure legal access to the procedure across the state, although the measure likely awaits a veto by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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The Third District Appellate Court in Illinois may decide whether Friendship Manor continues to get a property tax exemption. In 2014, Rock Island County Chief Assessor, Larry Wilson, denied the homestead exemption to the nonprofit after it had been receiving it for many years.

A new city administrator could start working for Moline next month. Tuesday night the city council will vote on hiring Doug Maxeiner after a nationwide search.


A new member of the Iowa legislature is now running for governor. 

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Besides a limited budget, building an annex for the Rock Island County Justice Center is challenging in other ways. Work on the 47,000 square foot addition began in late March, but the county held the official groundbreaking just last week.

The architect, Jake Davis from DLR Group in Chicago, specializes in public safety projects.

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Davenport will probably use a special election to fill a vacancy on the city council. Wednesday night aldermen will consider a resolution asking the Scott County Auditor to schedule an election, and a primary if necessary, as soon as possible.


Repairs may begin soon on the Bass Street fountain in downtown Moline. Tuesday night the city council will consider spending up to 37,000 dollars as its share of the cost.

Next Hearing for Liggins Will Be Next Year

May 2, 2017
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A third trial has been delayed for an Illinois man charged with the 1990 killing of a 9-year-old girl in Iowa. The trial of Stanley Liggins was scheduled to begin May 22, but his new attorneys asked a judge for more time to acquaint themselves with the case. The judge has scheduled a Jan. 3, 2018 status hearing to set new dates in the case.

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Several months after his nomination was first announced, the confirmation hearing for Terry Branstad will finally begin.