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Federal Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday November 03, 2019 ( 30 items )  

Argonne National Laboratory: Shedding New Light on the Charging of Lithium-Ion Batteries
ARGONNE, Illinois, Oct. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory issued the following news release: * * * - Exposing cathodes to light decreases charge time by a factor of two in lithium-ion batteries. * * * Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have reported a new mechanism to speed up the charging of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. Simply exposing the cathode to a beam of concentrated light -- for example, the  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Average Energy Prices in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin for September 2019
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Midwest Regional Information Office issued the following news release: Gasoline prices averaged $2.796 per gallon in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin area in September 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that area gasoline prices were down 19.4 cents compared to September 2018 when they averaged $2.990 per gallon. Chica  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Average Energy Prices in Detroit-Warren-Dearborn for September 2019
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Midwest Regional Information Office issued the following news release: Gasoline prices averaged $2.724 per gallon in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn area in September 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that area gasoline prices were lower than last September when they averaged $2.923 per gallon. Detroit area households  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Consumer Expenditures for Chicago Metropolitan Area for 2017-18
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 1 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Midwest Regional Information Office issued the following news release: Households in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI metropolitan area spent an average of $63,726 per year in 2017-18, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that this figure was significantly higher than the $60,580 average expenditure level for househol  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Consumer Expenditures for Detroit Metropolitan Area for 2017-18
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 1 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Midwest Regional Information Office issued the following news release: Households in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI, metropolitan area spent an average of $64,998 per year in 2017-18, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that this figure was not significantly different from the $60,580 average expenditure level for househo  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Consumer Expenditures for Minneapolis Metropolitan Area for 2017-18
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 1 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Midwest Regional Information Office issued the following news release: Households in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, metropolitan area spent an average of $72,382 per year in 2017-18, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that this figure was significantly higher than the $60,580 average expenditure level for ho  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Detroit Area Employment for September 2019
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 31 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Midwest Regional Information Office issued the following news release: * * * - Local area job growth essentially unchanged over the year * * * Total nonfarm employment for the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,037,400 in September 2019, essentially unchanged over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. During the same period, the national job count in  more

Chance Encounter at Airlift/Tanker Association Reveals Impact of Berlin 'Candy Bomber'
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Oct. 31 -- The U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command issued the following news: As Air Force 1st Lt. Gail Halvorsen and his crewmates lobbed handkerchief-wrapped chocolate bars out the window of his C-54 Skymaster over a war-shattered Berlin, he had no way of knowing a chance encounter 71 years later would reveal the true impact of his actions to help those in need. As a special guest speaker and attendee at the 51st annual Airlift/Tanker Association Conference in  more

Chance Encounter at Airlift/Tanker Association Reveals Impact of Berlin 'Candy Bomber'
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Oct. 31 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: As Air Force 1st Lt. Gail Halvorsen and his crewmates lobbed handkerchief-wrapped chocolate bars out the window of his C-54 Skymaster over a war-shattered Berlin, he had no way of knowing a chance encounter 71 years later would reveal the true impact of his actions to help those in need. As a special guest speaker and attendee at the 51st annual Airlift/Tanker Association Conference in Orlando, Florida, Oc  more

EPA Adds Schroud Property in Chicago to Superfund National Priorities List
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 30 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Schroud Property located on the southwest corner of the intersection between 126th Street and Avenue O in Chicago will be added to the Superfund National Priorities (NPL) where releases of contamination pose human health and environmental risks. "Our commitment to communities with sites on the National Priorities List is t  more

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Releases the Seventh Update to the Administrator's Superfund Emphasis List, Helping to Accelerate Progress at Sites Across the Country
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the seventh update to the Administrator's Emphasis List of Superfund Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Action. In this latest update, the Universal Oil Products site in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and the Arsenic Mine in the Town of Kent, New York, were removed from the list, and two sites were added: The DePu  more

EPA Deleted All or Part of 27 Superfund Sites -- Including the Beloit Corp. Superfund Site in Rockton, Ill. - From the National Priorities List in FY2019
ROCKTON, Illinois, Oct. 29 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: * * * - Provides Lasting Benefit to Communities by Deleting the Highest Number in 18 Years * * * Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 the agency deleted all or part of 27 sites - including the Beloit Corp. Superfund site in Rockton, Ill. - from Superfund's National Priorities List (NPL), the largest number of deletions in a single year   more

EPA Releases the Update to the Administrator's Superfund Emphasis List, Takes Lead Responsibility for Cleanup at New Jersey Zinc/Mobil Chemical Corp. Superfund Site in DePue, Illinois
DEPUE, Illinois, Oct. 30 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the seventh update to the Administrator's Emphasis List of Superfund Sites targeted for immediate, intense action. This latest update adds the DePue (New Jersey Zinc) site in DePue, Illinois. "All Americans deserve timely action on Superfund site cleanups in their communities - not delays," said EPA Admi  more

EXIM Approves Preliminary Commitment to Support Exports of Services, Electrical and Renewable-Energy Equipment by U.S. Small Business for Electrification Project in Senegal
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. issued the following news release: * * * - Illinois small business selected for project over China-backed competition; transaction would support an estimated 500 U.S. jobs in 14 states * * * The board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) today approved a preliminary commitment to the Republic of Senegal for approximately $86 million in financing that would support U.S. exports of services, and electrical   more

FBI Director Wray Issues Remarks at International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 26 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation issued the following remarks by Director Christopher Wray at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference: "As a lot of you know, I've now been to all 56 of the FBI's field offices, a lot of them more than once, and a whole bunch of our legat offices overseas. And I've valued hearing from lots of you during those trips. And between those visits and our various meetings throughou  more

Ill. U.S. Attorney: Alleged Corruption At East St.Louis Non-Profit Leads to Three New Federal Indictments
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Illinois, Nov. 1 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois issued the following news release: An ongoing federal investigation into corruption and self-dealing at an East St. Louis charity has resulted in new charges being filed against three people. Leonard Johnson, 33, of St. Louis, Missouri, Jeremy Turner, 31, of Dallas, Texas, and Tiffany Taylor, 37, of Maryville, Illinois, are all under separate federal indictment for crimes associated with   more

Ill. U.S. Attorney: Illinois State Representative Charged With Offering Bribe to Fellow Lawmaker in Return for Support of Legislation
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 28 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, John R. Lausch Jr., issued the following news release: Illinois State Rep. LUIS ARROYO has been charged in federal court with offering a bribe to a fellow state lawmaker in an effort to influence and reward the lawmaker for supporting legislation that would benefit Arroyo's private lobbying client. Arroyo, 65, of Chicago, is charged with one count of federal program bribery, according to a criminal complaint  more

Ill. U.S. Attorney: Outcome Health Agrees to Pay $70 Million to Resolve Fraud Investigation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois issued the following news release: ContextMedia Health LLC, which operates under the trade name Outcome Health (Outcome), a digital provider of medical information and advertising in doctors' offices, has agreed to a resolution with the Department of Justice by which it will pay $70 million to victims of a fraud scheme that targeted its clients, lenders and investors. Outcome, a privately held company   more

Litigation: SEC Vs. Bovorn Rungruangnavarat
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following litigation release - SEC vs. Bovorn Rungruangnavarat, Civil Action No. 18cv03196 (N.D. Ill.): On October 29, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois entered a final consent judgment approving the SEC's settlement with Bovorn Rungruangnavarat, a Thai citizen who allegedly engaged in a scheme to realize illegal gains by trading in advance of the May 2013 announcement that China-based Shu  more

NLRB Issues Decision on Illinois Central School Bus
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- The National Labor Relations Board issued the following decision and direction of election (Case No. 13-RC-248955) by Region 13 Director Peter Sung Ohr: ILLINOIS CENTRAL SCHOOL BUS LLC, Employer and LOCAL LODGE 701, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS & AEROSPACE WORKERS AFL-CIO, Petitioner DECISION AND DIRECTION OF ELECTION Upon a petition dilly filed under Section 9(c) of the National Labor Relations Act, as amended, (the Act"), a hearing was-held on October 9,   more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Braidwood Power Reactor in Illinois
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54360) involving the Braidwood power reactor in Illinois: INADVERTENT ACTUATION OF SIRENS "At approximately 0945 CDT, on 10/29/2019, the Braidwood Station main control room was notified of the inadvertent actuation of 17 full sounding sirens affecting Braidwood Station in Will County, Illinois. Will County notified Exelon of the inadvertent actuation that occurred on 10/29/2019, at 0919 CDT, d  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Dresden Power Reactor in Illinois
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54358) involving the Dresden power reactor in Illinois: INADVERTENT ACTUATION OF SIRENS "At approximately 0945 CDT, on 10/29/2019, the Dresden Station main control room was notified of the inadvertent actuation of nine full sounding sirens affecting Dresden Station in Will County Illinois. Will County notified Exelon of the inadvertent actuation that occurred on 10/29/2019, at 0919 CDT, during  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Quad Cities Power Reactor in Illinois
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54355) involving the Quad Cities power reactor in Illinois: WATER FOUND IN CONTROL ROOM EMERGENCY VENTILATION AIR FILTRATION UNIT "On October 27, 2019, at 1605 CDT, the Control Room Emergency Ventilation (CREV) was declared inoperable due to finding water in the system's Air Filtration Unit (AFU) filter enclosure. Technical Specification 3.7.4, Condition A, was entered which requires the CREV   more

President Trump Issues Remarks at International Association of Chiefs of Police' 126th Annual Conference, Exposition
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 28 -- President Trump issued the following remarks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police' 126th Annual Conference and Exposition at the McCormick Place Convention Center: THE PRESIDENT: I am thrilled to be here at the 126th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, joined by thousands of amazing law enforcement leaders -- people that I know, people that I love, people that I respect -- who defend our communities, chase down cr  more

Tenn. U.S. Attorney: Six Leaders of Conservative Vice Lords Sentenced for Federal Racketeering, Business, Pharmacy Robberies
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, Oct. 28 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, D. Michael Dunavant, issued the following news release: Six Leaders of the Conservative Vice Lords/Concrete Cartel Street Gang, a nation-wide street gang with its origin and home base in Chicago, Illinois, were recently sentenced for federal Racketeering (RICO), Business and Pharmacy Robberies, Firearms and Drug Trafficking charges. D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney, announced the sentences today. At trial  more

U.S. Air Force: Airmen Train to Transport Infectious Patients
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, South Carolina, Oct. 30 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: Members of the 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron from Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina and 375th AES from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, conducted a Transport Isolation System training exercise to maintain readiness at Joint Base Charleston October 21-24. The TIS is a device used to transport Ebola patients, either by C-17 Globemaster III or C-130 Hercules aircraft, while preventing the spread  more

U.S. Department of Labor Issues $1,591,176 in Penalties to AB Specialty Silicones After 4 Fatalities in Illinois Plant Explosion
WAUKEGAN, Illinois, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited AB Specialty Silicones LLC for 12 willful federal safety violations after four employees suffered fatal injuries in an explosion and fire at the company's Waukegan, Illinois, plant on May 3, 2019. The company faces $1,591,176 in penalties. OSHA has placed the si  more

USDA Files Action Against National Produce Sales Inc. in Illinois for Alleged PACA Violations
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service issued the following news release: As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative complaint under the PACA against National Produce Sales Inc. The company, operating from Illinois, allegedly failed to make payment promptly to seven   more

USTRANSCOM Coordinates Theater Patient Movement, the Most Critical Part of the Aeromedical Evacuation Process
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Oct. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Transportation Command issued the following news release: Moving America's wounded warriors safely and securely begins at the in-theater point of injury, which, in the combat environment, remains most critical in the initial hour or so following the incident, when prompt medical care increases an individual's survivability. As the Department of Defense's single manager for global patient movement, one of its five Unifi  more

USTRANSCOM Recognized by the National Security Agency for Setting the Standard in Securing, Safeguarding, and Strengthening Its Cyber Infrastructure
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Oct. 28 -- The U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command issued the following news: Cyber professionals serving with U.S. Transportation Command epitomize the overarching message of this year's National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, observed in October, of Own IT, Secure IT, Protect IT. Last month, they received recognition from the National Security Agency for setting the standard in securing, safeguarding, and strengthening the global, warfighting combatant command  more