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>>Congressman Jackson Undergoing Care For Depression
(Chicago, IL) -- U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Junior is in Minnesota undergoing treatment for bipolar depression. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester confirmed yesterday the Illinois lawmaker is responding well and is regaining his strength. Jackson has come under fire in recent weeks for failing to reveal publicly why he went absent two months ago from his job as an elected official. Jackson allegedly asked his doctors to make the announcement.
>>Dead Female Hitchhiker Identified
(Springfield, IL) -- A female hitchhiker killed along Interstate 72 last week is finally identified by authorities. Thirty-one-year-old Starlett Walton of Springfield died while allegedly trying to get from Jacksonville to Springfield. Walton was struck near mile-marker 85 east of New Berlin. Authorities are still investigating the incident.
>>Urbana Rethinks Plans For Fiber-Optic Network
(Urbana, IL) -- Members of Urbana's city council say they'll review an agreement to install a new fiber-optic network through the region. Officials say they need to address concerns over the plan which would invite a private firm called "Gigabit Squared" to build the high-speed network to serve Urbana, Champaign and Savoy. Council members cautioned about a potential conflict of interest between the firm and a government consultant.
>>Threshing Show Begins Tomorrow In Perry Co.
(Pinckneyville, IL) -- Illinois farmers are gearing up for a popular attraction at the Perry County Fairgrounds. The 53rd annual American Thresherman Association's Steam, Gas and Threshing Show starts tomorrow with a draft horse pull. On Thursday a line of green and red tractors will parade from the fairgrounds into Pinckneyville. The event annually draws several thousand visitors and many camp out to participate in all five days of the show.