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Oct

2013

Army Corps says aging river system needs repairs

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The wall that keeps the Des Plaines River off the streets of downtown Joliet and the Brandon Road Lock and Dam downstream need about $37 million worth of repairs, a federal official said Friday.

That’s how much maintenance is needed but has been deferred for lack of funding, Michael Cox, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, said during a congressman’s tour of the Brandon Road Lock and Dam.

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18

Oct

2013

Illiana toll road clears hurdle

Author: Editor

In a major victory for Gov. Pat Quinn, a key regional planning committee has approved his controversial proposal for a new $1.3 billion toll road that would serve primarily as a trucking corridor linking interstates in Illinois and Indiana.

The Illiana Corridor got the green light Thursday from the Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee, which by federal law must sign off on major transportation projects.

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18

Oct

2013

Health costs rise 3% for Chicago employers

Increase lowest in 11 years, but burden shifting to employees

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Health insurance costs for large employers in Chicago rose 3 percent in 2013, the lowest increase in five years, according to data released Thursday by benefits consultant Aon Hewitt.

The cost of providing coverage per employee this year in Chicago was $10,753, up from $10,434 in 2012 and $9,871 in 2011, the Lincolnshire company found in its latest analysis, which compares cost and benefit data for 516 large U.S. employers that account for $61.2 billion in annual health care spending.

Employers, however, pushed a larger percentage of the burden on to their workers, whose total health care costs jumped 9 percent in 2013, the data show.

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17

Oct

2013

Loss of son to heroin overdose inspires Heroin crusade

Author: Editor

After the Bears squeaked by the Pittsburgh Steelers on a Sunday night four years ago, Donna Roberts texted her youngest child, Billy, to see if he'd caught the game. He didn't respond, and then his friend called. Billy was at his home, and he wasn't breathing.

John Roberts, a retired Chicago police officer, scrambled to his car and was within minutes of reaching his son when a paramedic came on the line: "Sir, you've lost him."

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Oct

2013

Stanley: Heroin problem has legislators’ attention

Author: Editor

Drug addiction is not a problem our community can arrest or legislate our way out of.  But we have to start somewhere.

Coroner Patrick K. O’Neil said Friday that 30 people have died from heroin overdoses so far this year in Will County.

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