September Warm, But No Record

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The Illinois State Water Survey says last month was the ninth warmest September on record for Illinois. A statement from the research body says the average statewide temperature in September was 70.2 degrees. That's 4 degrees higher than average. The warmest September on record for Illinois came in 1933. That year the average temperature for the month was 72.2 degrees. It also reports the statewide average precipitation for September was 3.42 inches. That's 0.19 inches above average.

New Ratings For Illinois Students

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Schools and school districts across Illinois will be subject to a rating system that was recently signed into law and is scheduled to launch this school year. The system will grade the schools and districts much like students taking a traditional classroom test are graded, on a 100-point scale with labels ranging from "exemplar" to "unsatisfactory." 30 percent of a school or district's score will depend on student achievement and academic progress. That will include state exam scores and graduation rates.


  The head of a suburban Chicago school district that evacuated because Legionella was found says there is a lack of public health guidance for schools to help deal with the bacteria. Elgin Area School District CEO Tony Sanders says he didn't receive guidance from state or federal agencies on when it was safe to reopen schools and it ``was incredibly frustrating.'' The district evacuated and shut three schools for three days last month after high levels of Legionella were found in water cooling towers.

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A suspect in an armed robbery has been arrested. Bloomington Police say a man with a gun held up the CITGO gas station at 807 South Main Street at around 9:30 Saturday night. Police also responded to a near simultaneous fight in the 700 block of South Madison Street. The suspect ran from the scene, but an officer chased him. 18 year old Terrell Hibbler of Normal is being charged with armed robbery, unlawful use of weapons, possession of a firearm with no FOID, and several drug charges in addition to resisting an officer. He was taken to the McLean County Jail.

UAW local 2488 officials had hoped to have a contract agreement with Mitsubishi ready for rank and file members to approve Sunday. However, no deal has been reached and the current contract, already extended on a short-term basis was extended again. The latest extension will expire at 11:59 p.m. tonight.

Arts Supporters Worried

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Hundreds of Illinois residents met in Evanston last week to discuss the state of the arts. Budgets and diversity in arts groups were two of the leading topics. The state budget impasse, which has resulted in the state museum system being closed, was an often-heard lament. 

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Time magazine named the thousands of volunteers fighting last year's Ebola outbreak in western Africa their "Persons of the Year." One of the volunteers selected to literally be the "face" of this effort was Ella Stryker, a New Jersey native and public educator who began volunteering only last year with Doctors Without Borders.

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  People of all spiritual beliefs are welcome at the 8th annual Pagan Pride Day in Normal.  Laura Kennedy has more on the GLT Datebook.

Lincoln College in Normal is losing several certificate and bachelors programs as the institution reorganizes with more programs moving to the Lincoln campus. It's part of what President David Gerlach calls a $7.6 million reinvestment campaign for the 150 year old school.

Lincoln College will stop offering Esthetics, Cosmetology, teacher training, and massage therapy certifications in Normal. Degree programs in Criminal Justice, Business, and Sports Management will move from Normal to Lincoln. Four jobs will also move and the college has eliminated 13 jobs.

After scrapping a planned strike authorization vote, leaders of the union covering workers at the Mitsubishi plant in Normal have set an informational meeting on Sunday for members. The meeting will run from two to four p.m. on Sunday at Parkside Junior High in Normal.

The company earlier this year announced plans to end production of the Outlander Sport and close the plant next May if it cannot find a buyer.