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a woman at the Rockville Women's Prison working with a dog in their ADOPT program
Kaitlin Bane/WILL
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ADOPT Program Helps Inmates And The Dogs They Train

According to estimates from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, a vast majority of those released from state prisons end up back behind bars within five years. Many facilities now offer educational and vocational programs to end that cycle, including one prison just across the border in Indiana.

runners
Lisa Bralts/WILL
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Update: (10:15 a.m.)  Remainder Of Illinois Marathon Cancelled Due To Lighting

Inclement weather has forced the cancellation of the Illinois Marathon for a number of runners by mid-morning Saturday.

"Because of lightning in the area the Illinois Marathon has been halted and will be cancelled," said race spokeperson Rick Atterberry, in a statement to media.

a license plate scanner on top of a police car.
Garrett Brnger for Illinois Public Radio
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Data Trackers: License Plate Scanning Technology Raises Privacy Questions

Automatic license plate readers, like many technologies available to law enforcement, offer power that police praise and civil rights advocates consider warily. ALPRs, as they’re known, can scan and record thousands of license plates every hour. 

a radar image of Illinois weather.
Image from NWS.gov
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Illinois Marathon Organizers Predict Race Will Go On

Organizers of the Illinois Marathon say they're optimistic Saturday's race will go on despite a forecast of rain and thunderstorms. Scott Friedlein is the Emergency Services Coordinator for the race. He says, "We run this race rain or shine. The only thing that would stop this event from occurring is dangerous weather which would be lightning or tornadic activity in the area."