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Illinois seemed to be on the verge of turning a corner. Then slammed hard into a wall.

Warning on tickborne illnesses issued after Heartland virus found in Kankakee

SPRINGFIELD — The risk from tickborne illness is still lurking even as the summer winds down, state public health officials warned Friday.

State police turning up enforcement of railroad-crossing safety

State police want Illinois to lose its rank as the No. 2 state for railroad-crossing deaths.

To promote that goal, the agency is partnering with local, state and federal authorities to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains during Rail Safety Week, set next week.

New federal law lets consumers freeze their credit for free

Consumers can now freeze their credit for free under a new federal law.

UPDATE: UI system raises record $498.5 million in one year

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.:

URBANA — The University of Illinois system raised nearly $500 million in fiscal 2018, a record, with most of the money contributed to the Urbana campus.

Tom's #Mailbag, Sept. 21, 2018

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The Mailbag staff was on vacation last week, checking on the wellness of glaciers, bears, moose and bison in the great west. So there was no Mailbag last weekend.

Company hit with nearly $5 million EPA penalty

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a suburban Chicago company will pay a nearly $5 million administrative penalty for selling and distributing an unregistered pesticide.

The EPA said Thursday its agreement with Medline Industries resolves allegations the company violated federal law on nearly 1,300 occasions.

California makes people ask for straws, sodas with kid meals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — If you want a straw with your drink or a soda with your child's meal at a California restaurant, you'll need to ask for them starting next year.

Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid on Friday in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system.

Latest plan to stabilize Middle Fork near coal-ash pits to get more scrutiny

OAKWOOD — The public may get the chance to formally weigh in on the latest proposal by the owner of coal-ash pits near the Middle Fork River to stabilize sections of the waterway.