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Updated: December 25th - 5:13 AM

Law Enforcement Recognition in Doddy Capture
Local law enforcement that assisted in the capture of a Rockford man accused of murder in Lee County in July were recognized Tuesday. State Representative John Cabello recognized the officers during a ceremony at the Illinois State Police District 16 headquarters in Pecatonica. 36-year old Terence Doddy (DOH-dee) was captured in Wisconsin on July 4th following a police chase. Doddy was convicted of killing a Monticello woman at a rest stop on Interstate 39 near Paw Paw on July 1st and a man in Rockford on June 30th.

Granted Clemency Requests
Governor Pat Quinn has granted 179 clemency requests after going through 604 petitions filed since 2008. Quinn still has roughly 3,000 petitions with weeks left before Republican Governor-elect Bruce Rauner takes office. Quinn inherited thousands of cases from predecessor ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Valuable Coins in Ottawa Red Kettles
Some valuable coins were donated to Ottawa's Salvation Army through the Red Kettle Campaign. Major Quentin Boyle says several coins including a 1981 1/2 Krugerrand gold coin, a $50 American Eagle gold coin, a 2014 American Eagle silver dollar and a 1986 American Eagle silver dollar have been donated this year. Boyle says the the $50 American Eagle coin is valued between $1,100 and $1,200. The Red Kettle Campaign continues through Christmas Eve.

State Unemployment Drops
The unemployment rate has dropped in each of Illinois's 12 metro areas for the fifth time in the past six months. The Illinois Department of Employment Security also says metro-level unemployment that the number of jobs grew in just six metro areas. The department said earlier this month that statewide unemployment dropped to 6.4 percent in November.

Kids and Medical Marijuana
Illinois health officials have posted emergency rules governing how kids will be treated under the state's medical marijuana law. Children with certain medical conditions will be able to use non-smokable forms of marijuana only if two doctors sign off. The new rules will be in effect for 150 days. The medical marijuana law takes effect January 1st.

Pregnancy Discrimination in Chicago Schools
The U.S. Justice Department has filed a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education. The suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago says an elementary school principal on the city's northwestern side subjected pregnant teachers to lower performance evaluations and threatened their termination. Chicago Public Schools spokesman Bill McCaffrey says the school district "will not tolerate the kind of discrimination or retaliation that is alleged to have taken place" at the school. 

Oldest Man in US Dies in Rockford
A northern Illinois resident recognized as the oldest man in the U.S. has died at 110. C. Conrad Johnson worked as a carpenter and lived in Rockford most of his life. The Reverend Jane McChesney described him as smart, good-humored, "a self-made man" and "very giving."



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