WASHINGTON (AP) - A top White House official who has been with President Barack Obama since he first became a senator nine years ago is resigning. Alyssa Mastromonaco is Obama's deputy chief of staff for operations. She is responsible for planning presidential events, hiring staff and overseeing the White House complex.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers involved in overseeing the troubled Illinois Department of Children and Family Services say the agency faces "horrendous" challenges in the year ahead. State Senator Julie Morrison, a Deerfield Democrat, chaired a series of hearings last fall in response to a rash of problems at the agency. The troubles include yet another search for a new child-welfare chief, anticipated budget cuts and election year politics.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Winter-weary residents of northern Illinois escaping to sunny locations to the south have helped boost passenger numbers at Rockford's airport. January traffic figures at Chicago Rockford International Airport rose 8.6 percent over the same month in 2013.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Public schools, colleges and universities in Illinois have a few more days to apply for state grants to help pay for security improvements. Under the program, schools can get financial help for things such as installing reinforced doors, locks and shatter-proof glass. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is reminding schools that the deadline to apply is March 14th.
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