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How to capture the Solar Eclipse with a camera

ROCK ISLAND - The countdown is on for the once in a lifetime experience that will take place in the sky.

Eric Pohl at United Camera Repair Services in Rock Island knows the ins and outs of a camera and like many, he's hoping to get the perfect shot.

"It's going to be a once and a lifetime experience. The next one's not for another 90 years," said Pohl.

On Monday, thousands will stand outside to look at the sun to catch a Solar Eclipse.

"It should be a crazy event like Woodstock and a science fair rolled into one," said Dr. Lee Carkner, a professor of physics and astronomy at Augustana College and Director of John Deere Planetarium.

If you want to capture the rare moment with a camera you're going to need a special solar lens to not only protect your eyes but your equipment too.

"It`s just like if you took a magnifying glass with the sun and it concentrates that light to where you can burn things, well it can burn the shutter it can burn the sensor and it can burn your eye," said Pohl.

The Solar Eclipse is expected to be one of the biggest days for selfies, but before you snap a photo there are some things you'll need to know.

"You could do a little damage to the sensor on your camera phone if you`re not careful but for the most part a phone will work just fine," said Pohl.

Pohl recommends using solar glasses as a lens for your phone, but don't count on capturing an amazing photo, "The Phone lens are so small you`re going to get a little dot."

In the end, Dr. Carkner says you can just go the cheap and safe route by grabbing some cardboard and a pin.

"Just take a piece of cardboard poke a hole in it with a pen you can make what`s called a pin hole camera let the sun shine through the hole onto a piece of paper and you`ll see a little image of the sun with the moon covering it."

 

How Monday’s eclipse will affect your pet

AUGUST 21, 2017-- Humans might not be the only ones reacting to the dramatic changes in the sky this Monday. Your pet may be affected, too.

Although astronomers have been studying the phenomenon of a solar eclipse for hundreds of years, they still don't have definitive knowledge of how animals will react to it.

Veterinarians believe most animals and birds will react to a total or partial eclipse much like they do to nighttime; cows will return to their barns and crickets will chirp, but what about house pets?

Animal hospitals say they've been getting lots of calls from pet owners asking for preventative prescriptions to treat anxiety, like sedatives or tranquilizers. Vets say those likely won't be needed.

"Dogs and cats don't normally look at the sun," Dr. Evan Morse explained. "It's something they don't do under normal conditions, so I would not expect them to look at the sun during this phenomenon."

People are advised to wear protective glasses, but as far as pets are concerned, vets say they'll be pretty hard to keep on your animal.

The best advice they give is to keep your pets inside, with the blinds closed.

The whole eclipse is only expected to last two and a half minutes after all.

WQAD News 8 will have team coverage of Monday's solar eclipse. Denise Hnytka will be heading south towards Carbondale, following the path of the total eclipse. Meteorologist James Zahara will be tracking the event locally.

YOUR HEALTH Creating a new pancreas for diabetics

PALO ALTO, California – Researchers, developing an "artificial pancreas", are finding it could be a game-changer for those with Type One Diabetes.  And now, the youngest diabetics are taking part in the trials to see if it's effective.

For 13-year-old Jamie Kurtzig and her mom Sara, checking her blood sugar level during the day is routine.  They've been doing it since she was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes at just 19 months.

The problem is at night, if blood sugars drop, Jamie could easily have a seizure.  Or worse: she could fall into a coma.

"For ten years we just set alarms and get up, ya know every, usually every two to three hours to do a check to make sure that she's in a safe range," says Jamie's mother, Sara Kurtzig.

But a device, just under Jamie's shoulder, is changing all that.

Dubbed an artificial pancreas, or closed-looped insulin delivery system, it checks glucose levels every five minutes and wirelessly alerts Jamie's pump, which then delivers the correct dose of insulin.

The device is the MiniMed® 670G system by Medtronic.    It's the first FDA-approved hybrid closed loop system.

It's approved for the treatment of people 14 years and older, but Jamie is part of the trial to test the system for use in children with Type 1 Diabetes who are at least seven years old.

"And so I can just go to bed, and wake up, and be in auto mode and perfect blood sugar," says Jamie.

For pediatric diabetics, most of their seizures occur at night.   Researchers hope the artificial pancreas will cut those numbers dramatically.

Jamie is part of a trial at Stanford Children's Health, which helped prompt the FDA to approve the device.  It's being hailed as an historic step towards treating diabetes but doctors warn this is not a cure.

"This is a car analogy that you are still driving, putting on the gas, putting on the brakes, and making the turns, and it is not an autopilot car," explained Dr. Bruce Buckingham, an endoctrinologist at Stanford Children's Health.

The system is not an option for most people with type two diabetes, which is the more common form of the disease.

The pancreas helps to digest food, and if the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or glucose builds up in the bloodstream, it can leave cells without any energy.  When glucose builds up in the bloodstream, it can result in hyperglycemia, which may cause symptoms such as nausea, shortness of breath, or thirst.  Hypoglycemia is the result of low glucose and can produce shakiness, loss of consciousness, and dizziness.  Both of these conditions can be life-altering to those who suffer from them.

Jamie will have to manage her diabetes her entire life but, at least for now, she and her family can get a good night's sleep.

NEW TECHNOLOGY: An artificial pancreas can help those with Type-1 diabetes manage glucose levels. The artificial pancreas automatically checks blood sugar levels and releases the correct amount of insulin when needed. The device works from a smart phone or tablet, and uses a computer program to direct it. There is only one type of artificial pancreas, and it is called the 'hybrid system.'. The system includes a sensor attached to the body to measure glucose levels every five minutes, which automatically gives or withholds insulin via a catheter attached to the body. Because the system is hybrid, it is not fully automatic. This means the patient using it has to manually confirm insulin doses. Researchers are currently looking into a fully-closed loop system to give correct insulin amounts without human input.  (Source: http://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes-artificial-pancreas#types-of-artificial-pancreases2)

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Couple hired teen to babysit, then forced her to have sex with at least 5 men a day: officials

NEW JERSEY — A New Jersey couple hired a teenager as a babysitter but then allegedly forced her into prostitution until she escaped from the motel where they were keeping her, according to WPIX.

Christopher White, 19, and Adria Regn, 28, asked the 17-year-old girl to babysit Regn’s two children in October of 2016, officials said. The teen, who knew White, went to a New Jersey motel, believing she would be babysitting the children.

When she arrived, the couple allegedly forced her to work as a prostitute for them, officials from the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office said. They told her if she didn’t make them money, Regn’s children would end up on the street.

“This is a classic case of human trafficking where these defendants allegedly trapped an underage girl in dehumanizing circumstances in which they gave her drugs and forced her to have sex with multiple men per day,” said Attorney General Christopher Porrino. “It’s terrible for anyone to be exploited in this manner, but it’s especially heartbreaking when the victim is so young and vulnerable.”

White also allegedly threatened to beat the victim if she did not take crystal meth, officials said.

The couple advertised the teenager on Backpage.com and arranged for her to have sex with at least five men each day, officials said. They took all the money and didn’t give any to the teen.

She eventually escaped while White and Regn were asleep in a Wrightstown motel, officials from the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office said. The teen reported what happened to police who began investigating the pair.

White and Regn were indicted on conspiracy, human trafficking, prostitution and child pornography charges, officials said Tuesday.

Charlie Gard’s parents set up foundation with $1.7 million in donations

(CNN) — Over the past six months, $1.7 million in donations has poured into the treatment fund for Charlie Gard, a British baby whose life was the subject of a legal tug of war in British courts before his death in July.

His parents are now using the money to start a foundation to help other children with mitochondrial diseases and rare childhood illnesses by funding research and providing information about parental rights, according to their website.

“We feel that the foundation will be a lovely legacy for Charlie, and we hope that you will all continue to support us in honouring the life of our little warrior as he helps other poorly children and their families,” Connie Yates and Chris Gard said in an update on their site Monday.

The Gards intend to provide parents who are in similar situations with information on their rights regarding their children’s care, the update said.

“There needs to be more clarity for parents about parental rights when it comes to making life-saving decisions about their children,” the couple said. “Access to medical treatment, and expert clinicians, should never be denied if funds are available. We will be looking at ways in which we can help make things clearer for families and hospitals alike.”

The fund began as a GoFundMe campaign in January. Now, GoFundMe.com has donated £10,000 — about $13,000 — to the foundation, the site and the Gards said. All prior and future donations on the GoFundMe page will go toward the foundation, according to an update on the page posted Monday.

Charlie was born August 4, 2016, and soon diagnosed with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, a rare inherited condition that causes muscle weakness and loss of motor skills.

He eventually lost the ability to move his arms and legs or breathe on his own and began experiencing seizures. His parents wanted to take him to a doctor in the United States for an experimental treatment and started the GoFundMe page to raise money to do so.

But doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where Charlie had been since October, said that the treatment was unlikely to benefit him and that it was in his best interest to be removed from life support. His parents did not agree, so the hospital took Charlie’s case to the UK High Court, where in April a judge ruled that he should be removed from the ventilator that kept him alive.

In the months that followed, the world watched and weighed in as the case was revisited, with the potential US treatment used as evidence. Charlie’s parents gave up their fight to take him to the United States in July after new scans revealed that he had deteriorated to the point where he was less likely to benefit from the experimental treatment.

However, the battle continued as they fought for the right to have Charlie at home when he died, rather than in hospice. Charlie died July 28, one day after a judge’s order to remove life support and move him to hospice took effect.

“Our beautiful, little boy has gone. We are so proud of you, Charlie,” his mother said in a statement.

Alorica to announce the addition of 150 new jobs at Davenport location

DAVENPORT -- There are 150 new jobs making their way to Davenport.

Alorica, the largest provider of customer service solutions, is expected to announce that it's adding 150 jobs at it's Davenport location.

Company leaders are also expected to announce, in a news conference scheduled for Thursday, August 17, a new partnership with Military Veteran Project.

The Military Veteran Project is a charity that funds research to find cures for things like P-T-S-D.

You can find more on the charity here.

 

Janda Motors adds to reward fund for burned dog found in Davenport

DAVENPORT -- Janda Motors is offering a $5,000 reward for any information about a dead dog found partially burned in Davenport last month.

The dog's body was found on South Concord St. near Credit Island.

The head of Janda Motors says he's offering the reward because he wants police to find whoever is responsible.

With Janda Motors donation, the reward fund is now up to $11,000.

 

City of Silvis passes resolution for a safe, welcoming, diverse community

SILVIS-- The city of Silvis is making sure all of its citizens feel welcomed in their community.

On August 15th the city council unanimously passed a resolution declaring the city a safe, inclusive and diverse community.

The resolution has been in the works for a month and city leaders say it couldn't have come during a better time.

"It has nothing to do with any violence that's going on in the united states(...)it's to make sure that everybody knows that Silvis is a welcoming and diverse community," says Jim Nelson, Silvis City Clerk.

City leaders says they want to build a community that celebrates residents of all different backgrounds including race, gender identity, age, disabilities, and financial socioeconomic status.

"We want to welcome everybody in our community regardless of anything. and that's basically it...it's nothing earth-shattering. It's kind of a old school...do onto others as you want them to do onto you," says Jim Nelson, Silvis City Clerk.

For the full interview see below.

 

 

 

House vote on Rauner school veto defeated

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has soundly rejected Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan for a new public-school funding method.

The House voted 0-60 Wednesday on legislation that encompasses the changes the Republican governor made in an amendatory veto. Rauner vetoed a school-funding model he says unfairly favors Chicago schools and hinders state funding flexibility.

The Senate voted to override the veto on Sunday. An override is less certain in the House. So Democratic Rep. Will Davis of Homewood put Rauner’s veto language into a new bill to gauge support.

Republicans called the vote a sham because of the lack of override support. There were 33 “present” votes.

The defeat of the amended legislation still leaves the possibility of House override. The deadline is Aug. 29.

5 crewmen missing after Army chopper crashes near Oahu

(CNN) — An Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter went down during a training exercise about 2 miles off the Hawaiian island of Oahu, according to the US Coast Guard.

Responders are searching for five missing crewmen.

The aircraft went down Tuesday night off the largely uninhabited Kaena Point on the west side of the island.

Two Black Hawk air crews were training between Kaena Point and Dillingham Airfield, a few miles east, when communications were lost, the Coast Guard said.

Three helicopters, a Coast Guard cutter and response boat and the Honolulu Fire Department were among those responding.

The Coast Guard spotted a debris field near Kaena Point at 11:28 p.m. (5:28 a.m. ET), roughly 80 minutes after personnel at Wheeler Army Airfield in central Oahu lost communications with the helicopter.

A few thunderstorms to pop up this evening

The summer warmth and humidity of today did develop a broken line of showers around the area just after lunchtime.  Another broken line of showers and even a few thunderstorms is still likely heading into the evening hours. Still, the threat for severe weather remains isolated with heavy rainfall the main concern with one or two of these storms.

Right now, the storm threat will end before midnight leaving behind some passing light showers in a few spots for the rest of the night.

By Thursday, most of the day should be dry with the exception of a few instability showers possible during the afternoon.  Right now, that small chance will be focused more north of the Quad Cities.

Afternoon highs in the lower 80s will be common for the rest of the work week as more sun returns on Friday.

Could still see a passing shower Saturday morning, otherwise the rest of the weekend looks pretty nice.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Woman loses engagement ring, finds it 13 years later wrapped around a carrot

ALBERTA, Canada – An 84-year-old woman found her long-lost engagement ring wrapped around a carrot 13 years after she lost it while working on her family’s farm.

Mary Grams told CBC News she lost the ring in 2004. She was 71 when she lost the ring she had worn since 1951.

The woman’s daughter-in-law found the lost ring. Not knowing whom it belonged to, she asked her husband who eventually determined it belonged to his mother.

Grams said she never told her husband, Norman, about the lost ring. He died five years ago — but Grams says she plans to once again wear the ring.

“I’m going to wear it because it still fits,” she told CBC News.

If this story sounds familiar, a Swedish woman made a similar discovery back in 2011 while working in her garden. Nearly 16 years after she lost her wedding band, she found the ring sitting atop a carrot.

Teen sent to internet addiction camp dies within 48 hours

A Chinese couple sent their teenage son to an internet addiction treatment camp—and within days, he was dead. As the BBC reports, “boot camps” for internet and gaming addictions have become popular in China, with some being criticized as using harsh military-style discipline on attendees.

Some even beat patients or use electroshock therapy. The 18-year-old who died earlier this month in Fuyang had been sent to a camp that promised “psychological counseling and physical training”; according to the Telegraph, the camp said no corporal punishment would be used.

Two days after the teen was dropped off by his mother on Aug. 3, he was rushed to the hospital, where he died. His parents say doctors told them their son’s body had sustained more than 20 external injuries and that he also suffered internal injuries.

“My son’s body was completely covered with scars, from top to toe,” his mother told local media. His cause of death is not yet known, but the director and four teachers from the center have been held by police and the center is shut down as the investigation continues.

According to the Telegraph, it was an illegal camp that had already been ordered by officials to cease operations. The Washington Post runs down similar tragedies at other camps, including the beating deaths of a 15-year-old and a 19-year-old.

(In 2015, a teen battling an internet addiction reportedly cut off his own hand.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: Teen Sent to Internet Addiction Camp Dies Within 48 Hours

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Taco Bell unveils ‘Naked Egg Taco’ with fried egg for a shell

First they made Doritos taco shells, now Taco Bell has unveiled a fried egg “Naked Egg Taco.”

It's filled with potatoes and cheese, with the egg on the outside as the shell, and launches nationwide on August 31.

Taco Bell will give fans an early chance to try it out beginning August 17 with brunch-esque "Bell & Breakfast" events.

The events will kick-off in New York on Thursday, August 17, and will continue at Taco Bell restaurants in Laguna Beach, CA (August 25), Austin, TX (August 26), and Chicago (August 27).

Reservations are available exclusively through OpenTable here and additional seatings will be released in the days before launch. Fans unable to score a seat are encouraged to follow along using the hashtag, #NakedEggTaco.

The taco is available for a limited time a la carte for $1.99 or in a breakfast combo that includes a coffee or medium drink and 2 Cinnabon Delights or a hash brown for $3.99. For the more modest, it is also available "dressed" in a Gordita Flatbread.

You've never seen anything like this before. #NakedEggTaco coming August 31. pic.twitter.com/g3b4951GnG

— Taco Bell (@tacobell) August 15, 2017

Death of Manchester man in Dubuque police custody ruled a homicide

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The death of a man who died as he was taken into custody after a Dubuque bar fracas has been ruled a homicide but not necessarily a crime.

The ruling comes in the May 7 death of 43-year-old Chad Cupps, who lived in Manchester.

John Kraemer with the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office says the medical definition of homicide states that the actions of a person led to or contributed to another person’s death. He says his office’s use of the term doesn’t imply criminal activity.

Dubuque police say investigative materials have been given to state investigators for an independent review. Police Chief Mark Dalsing says the man resisted as officers tried to take him into custody.

Police say officers had to use pepper spray on Cuff as he resisted officers early on May 7. He became unresponsive after he became compliant so he could be handcuffed.

TMK IPSCO plant reopens in Camanche after two-year shutdown

CAMANCHE, Iowa -- Production has begun once again at the TMK IPSCO plant in Camanche, bringing more than 100 jobs to the area.

The plant, which manufactures pipes for the oil and gas industry, was idled in 2015.

Company chairman Piotr Galitzine said increasing demand for TMK IPSCO products led to the re-start.

"It's marvelous. You know, we just came out of the worst downturn this sector has ever known, the worst downturn in the history of oil and gas worldwide," said Galitzine.

As of June 21st, all of the plant's production lines were fully operational once again.

So far, 101 people have been hired at the facility. Plant leaders said most of the hires were previous employees who decided to return.

"This is a good paying job, and everybody, the people that they called back, were like, 'Heck yeah, we'll come back, and we'll come back in a minute.' They know the work, and it's great work. The pay is great. So, we're all doing very well," said Randy Long, yard team leader.

Galitzine said average salaries range from $70,000 to $100,000 across the company

New service offers 1 movie a day in theaters for $10 a month

Every day, more and more people are watching their movies at home, taking a pass on travel, trouble, noisy moviegoers, and most of all, the expense.

Now, a new service called "MoviePass" will try to address all of that.

MoviePass is a $9.95 per month movie theater subscription service, kind of like Netflix for big screen theater-going. And it should be -- the company is being run by Netflix co-founder and former Redbox executive Mitch Lowe.

With the service, you can see a movie a day, not including 3D or IMXAS movies. Once you sign up and download their app to your phone, you can only use the pass when you are within 100 yards of the theater, so no purchasing ahead of time. And you can't see a movie you've already seen.

It's currently being accepted at over 30,000 theater across the country though AMC has threatened legal action against MoviePass.

Campbell Soup CEO latest to quit Trump council

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(CNN Money) — The CEO of Campbell Soup Co. became the latest CEO Wednesday to walk away from President Trump.

“Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville,” CEO Denise Morrison said. “I believe the President should have been — and still needs to be — unambiguous on that point.”

The company had said just two days earlier said she would stay in the council.

Less than an hour earlier, Inge Thulin, the chief executive of 3M, quit Trump’s manufacturing council.

“I joined the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative in January to advocate for policies that align with our values and encourage even stronger investment and job growth,” Thulin said in a statement. “After careful consideration, I believe the initiative is no longer an effective vehicle for 3M to advance these goals.”

They follow the CEOs of Merck, Under Armour and Intel, two leaders of the AFL-CIO and the president of a manufacturing industry group. Grassroots organizations are pressuring other CEOs to follow them out the door.

The AFL-CIO officials quit the council late Tuesday, after a staggering press conference in which the president said that “very fine people” were mixed in with neo-Nazis in Charlottesville.

“I cannot sit on a council for a President that tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism,” said Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO.

Sixteen other members of the manufacturing council either have told CNNMoney that they will stay or have not answered a request for comment. Trump set up the council in January to hear their advice on revitalizing American manufacturing, a focus of his campaign.

Among those who have said they will stay on, some have argued that it is valuable to have a seat at the table as the government shapes policy that could affect their companies and employees.

In that group are top talent from Dow Chemical, Nuco, Whirlpool, International Paper, Boeing and Newell Brands.

Related: CEOs under fire to dump Trump

Several other members have yet to weigh in. The heads of Johnson & Johnson, United Technologies, Dana, Timken and Corning have not responded to questions about their roles. Lockheed Martin and Harris Corporation declined to comment.

It’s unclear whether two others, Arconic and Caterpillar, are still in the mix. Both their CEOs left earlier this year, and the companies have not told CNNMoney whether they kept representation on the panel. When the heads of U.S. Steel and Ford left their roles earlier this year, those companies ceased membership.

The flurry of resignations began Monday after Merc CEO Kenneth Frazier abruptly quit the council and said that “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy.”

Trump fired back an hour after Frazier’s announcement. He tweeted that the Merck CEO “will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”

Related: Keeping track of Trump’s business councils

“The council itself is totally ineffective. It’s never met,” Trumka, from the AFL-CIO, told “CBS This Morning.” “It’s a subterfuge to be able to deregulate industry.”

He continued: “But it’s the symbolism of being associated with it that we rejected yesterday.”

The reasoning echoed other executives who resigned from Trump’s councils earlier this year.

Tesl and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who advocates clean energy, resigned from the manufacturing initiative and a separate economic advisory group in June after Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.

The grassroots organizations want to see more CEOs walk away from both Trump councils.

Color of Change, a racial justice organization, has launched a campaign called #QuitTheCouncil. It is pressuring Pepsi’ Indra Nooyi, who is on the economic council, among others.

Nooyi denounced racism this weekend but did not say anything about her role on that panel, formally known as the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum.

Others, including JPMorgan’ Jamie Dimon and Blackstone’ Stephen Schwarzman, have made similar comments. Color of Change and other groups want Dimon and Schwarzman to withdraw from the economic council and plan to deliver petitions to the offices of both.

General Motor, EY, Global Infrastructure Partners, Cleveland Clinic and Wal-Mar have all said their leaders are staying in the economic group.

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, also on the economic council, said Tuesday that Trump “missed a critical opportunity” to unite the country with his initial remarks about Charlottesville. But he will stay on the council, where he said he would “strongly advocate” for his workers.

Larry Summers, a vocal Trump critic and former adviser to President Barack Obama, said Wednesday that wasn’t good enough.

“He is not fit to be the CEO of Walmart” if he thinks he can’t influence government from outside the economic group, Summers said on CNBC. He has called on all CEOs to quit the advisory boards.

Trumka, the AFL-CIO president, said the decision is ultimately up to the executives.

“They have to follow their conscience,” he said on CBS. “I followed our conscience.”

Pop-up Cheetos restaurant opens in New York City with more than 1,000 people on wait list

NEW YORK CITY -- A big, bold, flavorful culinary concept is coming to life in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan.

The grilled cheeses are buttered up and the tables are all set for a 3-day only Cheetos-inspired pop-up restaurant with a menu created by Food Network’s Anne Burrell.

"The playing and creating of the menu and tasting and then just eating Cheetos was really a blast," Burrell said.

The Spotted Cheetah opened Monday and will keep serving up cheesy dishes until Aug. 17th. Right now, the wait list is more than 1,000 people long.

Chef Burrell took Cheetos out the bag and elevated the vending machine staple to new heights. Her personal favorite is the Mac n’ Cheetos (It has some bacon in it.)

Here’s a look at the menu:

  • Cheetos Crusted Fried Pickles + Creamy Ranch
  • Cheetos Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
  • Cheetos Meatballs
  • Purrfectly Fried Green Tomatoes
  • The Big Cheese Flamin’ Hot and White Cheddar Mac n’ Cheetos
  • Cheetos Mix-ups Crusted Chicken Milanese
  • Spicy Cheetos Nachos
  • Flamin’ Hot Limón Chicken Tacos
  • Cheetos Sweetos Crusted Cheesecake
  • Cheetos Sweetos Sweet and Salty Cookies
  • White Cheddar Cheetos and Cheetos Sweetos Apple Crepe

Want to get your Cheetos on? The Spotted Cheetah is accepting reservations made at their website and on the OpenTable app.

All the recipes will also be in a digital cookbook at www.TheSpottedCheetah.com.

Rauner blasts ‘special deals’ for Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) —  Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’s determined to fight a “corrupt political machine in Chicago” and its “special deals” as he seeks a second term.

Rauner spoke at a GOP breakfast Wednesday before heading to the Illinois State Fairgrounds for a campaign rally.

The events coincide with an Illinois House session where legislators are considering Rauner’s amendatory veto of a school funding bill.

Rauner used his veto authority to strip $450 million from Chicago Public Schools. He says his changes provide more money to 98 percent of Illinois districts.

Democrats say districts may get more money initially, but many will lose funding in a few years under Rauner’s plan.

Rauner’s campaign released two new TV ads Wednesday that call the original legislation a “bailout” for CPS and blast Democratic leaders for “insider deals.”

A House education appropriations committee heard testimony Wednesday on legislation that incorporates changes the Republican governor made in an amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1 . It’s a measure that revamps the school-funding formula. It aims to get more money to neediest districts first.

Rauner says it favors Chicago schools over others and limits state funding flexibility. His amendatory veto cuts $450 million from Chicago and redistributes it.

Dan Cox says it’s similar to a payday loan. The Staunton schools superintendent says his district would get more money now “at a higher cost later.”

Centralia School Superintendent Craig Clark says Senate Bill 1 before the veto “works for Chicago, Centralia and Cairo.”

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