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State Recommendation on Closures Expected This Week

Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed closing the state museum in Springfield and the Hardin County Work Camp to save money. But many disagree, including central Illinois state Senator Andy Manar.
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The University of Illinois has partied its way into the top spot on an annual list of top party schools in the country.

A Chicago alderman has proposed a penny per ounce tax on sugary drinks in that city.  There is also an effort to make that happen statewide.

A new survey shows more than one-third of Illinois human service agencies are helping fewer clients and tapping into cash reserves to weather the state's budget impasse.

Carbondale leaders say they want to know more about a suspended cops-in-schools program.

President Obama's new Clean Power Plan could mean good things for Illinois - both environmentally and economically.

Governor Bruce Rauner has issued a state disaster proclamation for 23 counties devastated by a series of severe storms in June and July.

The governor is also asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist with damage assessments.

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An Anna man has been sentenced in a beating death last year.

The Union County State's Attorney says 35-year-old Jessie Bell received 20 years in prison in connection with the April 2014 beating death of 46-year-old Jimmy Morrison of Anna.

As Illinois lawmakers continue their budget standoff, college students who rely on the state's Monetary Assistance Program, or MAP, are left in limbo.

You may be asking: How did Illinois get to this point?

The photo is an iconic image of post-World War II America: A bustling downtown main street lined with sturdy Chevys, Fords and Chryslers. Pedestrians strolling past a hodgepodge of storefronts with flashy light-up signs: Barbays Self-Service Market, King Drugs, Florsheim shoes, Coca Cola.


This was Ferguson, Mo., in the late 1950s, just past the midpoint of its 120-year history.


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The Stone Walls of Southern Illinois, Part 2

Last week we heard about the existence of numerous prehistoric stone walls in southern Illinois from Mark Motsinger, a History teacher at Carrier Mills High School. In this feature, Mark tells us more about these structures, which were buil t before the more well know Cahokia Mounds. We will also hear about evidence that suggests that there were humans living in southern Illinois between one-thousand and three-thousand B.C. In the spring of 2014 Mark received the Olive Foster Outstanding Teacher Award by the Illinois State Historical Society.
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Greek Stocks Drop Sharply As Market Reopens For First Time Since June

Five weeks after an economic crisis forced its closure, Greece's stock market reopened Monday to a flurry of selling and falling prices. Banks led the losses on the Athens Stock Exchange, which is also coping with poor manufacturing data.When it opened, the Athens Stock Exchange General Index plummeted from 797.52 to a new 52-week low of 615 — a drop of nearly 23 percent. But the index then recovered some ground, rising to 660 (a 17 percent drop) some three hours after trading began. It...
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