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Kirk won't campaign for Oberweis' US Senate bid

Monday, 24 March 2014 14:41 Published in Local News
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois' Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he has no plans to campaign with the GOP state lawmaker hoping to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in November.
 
Kirk told reporters Monday that he's going to be "protecting his relationship" with Durbin and won't launch "into a partisan jihad."
 
Durbin is the Senate's No. 2 Democrat.
 
State Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove won the GOP nomination last week. His family owns a chain of ice cream shops. Oberweis says his name recognition will help his U.S. Senate campaign. However, Oberweis has been under fire in the past, including for remarks about immigrants.
 
Kirk and Durbin have worked together and have had a public friendship, particularly after Kirk suffered a stroke in 2012.

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - The St. Louis Department of Health says a local group is getting new funding to reduce childhood obesity.

 

The Transdisciplinary Center on Health Equity Policy Research and Practice, at the Moorehouse School of Medicine, is giving a St. Louis group two grants. The grants are worth $60,000.

 

One grant will fund an educational program on healthy and active living to parents of children under the age of 6, while the other grant will help collect and assess information related to policies, disparities and outcomes for programs such as Head Start and Parents as Teachers.

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois woman living in public housing and on government aid has pleaded not guilty to charges she bilked the U.S. government of more than $1 million from hundreds of bogus tax returns.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports 45-year-old Dorresa Braggs of Belleville entered the not-guilty plea Friday to a 12-count indictment in East St. Louis.
 
The charges against the mother of three children range from making false statements to the Internal Revenue Service's investigations arm to aggravated identity theft.
 
Authorities allege she used her computer as a tax preparer to electronically file false tax returns from at least 2010 through the summer of 2012. The indictment alleges she claimed false business expenses for clients and at times falsified W-2 forms to overstate wages and federal income tax withholdings.

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