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'Past Due': Illinois' Budget Continues to Hurt State-Funded Organizations

Having a state budget after a historic, two-year political gridlock is of little comfort to K-12 school districts, healthcare and human service providers.

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Plan Provides Option For High School Dropouts To Get Diploma

Adults in Illinois who failed to graduate from high school still can earn a General Educational Development certificate, also known as a G-E-D. But legislation approved by the General Assembly would provide what some consider to be a better alternative.

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When A Somali-American Woman Was Attacked, Support Came From An Unlikely Source

Asma Jama was out to dinner with her family at an Applebee's in Coon Rapids, Minn., in October 2015, when a woman seated nearby starting getting angry. Why? Jama, who is Somali-American and Muslim, was speaking Swahili and wearing a hijab. The woman, Jodie Bruchard-Risch, demanded that Jama speak English — and then smashed Jama in the face with a glass beer mug. "I could see it from the doctor's face that it was really bad," says Jama, who is 39. "I had lacerations across my chest, all over...

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A pair of grants will allow Illinois State University's Mennonite College of Nursing to address the diversity of the nursing workforce and help nurses find a place where they are most needed.

Residents of flood-ravaged counties in northern Illinois will not face state penalties or interest for late state income tax filings or payments, according to a declaration Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

McHenry, Kane, Lake and Cook Counties were declared state disaster areas as a result of floods earlier this month.

The waiver applies to affected taxpayers for payments or returns due between July 11 and December 31.

Imagine Exhibitions

Ann Schmitt joins us to talk about two exhibits now on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. "Illuminations: Light in Art" features works from their permanent collection, which explore the role of light in art. The exhibit includes Impressionist pieces, work by local artists Doug and Eileen Leunig, and a sample of Vantablack -- the blackest artificial substance known.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will call lawmakers into special session to deal with public school funding if they don't send him legislation on the issue by Monday.

A coalition of social-service providers owed money by Illinois state government is seeking more time to appeal its lawsuit to the Illinois Supreme Court. 

Fire departments across Illinois are receiving nearly $2.7 million in federal grants to help pay for equipment and training.

Illinois public health officials say the state has confirmed its first human case of West Nile virus this year.

Xanda, Son Of Cecil The Lion, Also Killed

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It appears that the six-year-old son of Cecil the Lion has met with the same fate as his father, two years after the famed lion's killing at the hands of a trophy hunter sparked a global outcry.

Xanda was killed near Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park on July 7, according to the Oxford scientists who were tracking him with a GPS collar like the one they used to track his father.

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