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The University of Chicago has announced the October closing of the 121-year-old Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

University Executive Vice President David Fithian said Thursday operating Yerkes no longer makes sense for the university from a programmatic or cost standpoint. He says the university hasn't decided what to do with the buildings or the property the observatory stands on.

An Illinois lawmaker says a casino proposed for southern Wisconsin would deal an economic blow to an adjacent Illinois town.

A former Wisconsin state regulator has been named chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional office in Chicago.

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ameya Pawar wants Illinois to move towards free tuition for state universities. And the Chicago alderman says one way to do it is to spend more on capitol development at state college campuses.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that re-establishes an economic-development tax incentive with greater transparency.

Forecasters say flooding in north-suburban Chicago could worsen over the weekend as water flows down rivers into the state from Wisconsin.

Seoul Virus Hits Illinois Pet Rats

Jan 20, 2017

State Public Health officials are warning people who own or breed rats to watch out for the Seoul virus. Six people in Illinois and two in Wisconsin have been found to have the virus, caught from rats that were traced to two rat-breeding operations in Illinois. 

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  TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - States adjacent to Lake Michigan have agreed to cut back on stocking the lake with chinook salmon and lake trout over the next two years.

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The CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum is departing after nearly three years at the helm. Sam Gappmayer is leaving to be the director of John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He arrived at Peoria Riverfront Museum just after it had reported a deficit and lower than expected attendance numbers in its first year of operation.

A council representing the eight Great Lakes states has voted to allow Waukesha, Wisconsin, unprecedented access to Lake Michigan as its drinking water source.  The city of 70,000 in the Milwaukee suburbs won unanimous approval from eight states that are members of a regional compact designed to prevent water raids from afar.

Wisconsin recently had a large increase in the number of deer ticks throughout the state. But what does that mean for Illinois? 

Deer ticks are the ticks that could carry Lyme disease, and the peak time for reported cases of the disease is usually in June and July. The University of Wisconsin Arboretum saw the number of immature deer ticks increase by more than 1,000 percent from 2014 to 2015, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.


A death in Illinois has been linked to the same strain of bacteria that has caused an unprecedented outbreak of infection in Wisconsin and one case in Michigan.  The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that an Illinois resident died after contracting an infection from the bacterium Elizabethkingia.

When it comes to prospects of getting a white Christmas in Illinois, a weather expert says the best bet might be for the folks of northern Illinois.