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Congress Reaches Agreement To Fund Government Until December

Negotiators in the House and Senate have reached a deal on a bill to fund the government through Dec. 9.Republicans and Democrats have been arguing for weeks to find a way forward before the Sept. 30 deadline in order to avoid a government shutdown.Last week, negotiations in the Senate appeared to be at a standstill, with Democrats in both chambers insisting that the most recent Republican offer was not enough.Both sides were in agreement, however, that whatever bill moved forward would need...
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A Harrisburg doctor accused of murdering his estranged wife is now charged with plotting to kidnap the Saline County States Attorney.

Illinois Public Media reports on a vigil Tuesday night honoring those killed and injured in a weekend shooting near the University of Illinois.

A federal judge has blocked an Illinois law that had been aimed at making it easier to vote this fall.

The law required the state’s biggest cities and counties to let citizens register to vote on election day and at their local polling place. It did not impose the same requirement on smaller election authorities.

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WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with SIU-Carbondale Debate Coach and CNN contributor Todd Graham about how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did in Monday night's first presidential debate.

Campsite reservations are now open for those hoping to camp out and watch the solar eclipse in southern Illinois next summer.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Tim Schweizer says you should probably reserve your spot now if you want to get a good seat to view the total solar eclipse on August 21st.

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This week on the Listening Project longtime Benton resident Rose Savko talks about growing up with the old Benton Public Library and how important the library was to her. 

Rose's story was recorded as part of the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Benton Public Library.

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On growing up during the Great Depression:

Rose talks about growing up in Benton during the depression in the 1930's.

On how her father came to southern Illinois from Italy:

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Illinois’ state superintendent of schools has publicly criticized the federal Department of Education for micromanaging state agencies. When Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, it had something rare these days -- bipartisan support.  That’s largely because it replaced No Child Left Behind, which was widely unpopular.

A proposed change to Illinois' constitution would ensure the state has a solid stream of cash going to fund road projects.

Voters will decide if the state should put constraints on money raised through license plate fees and motor fuel taxes ... by forbidding that money to be used on other needs.

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The Jackson County Health Department is recommending the Flu shot for those over the age of six months.  For complete information visit:  http://www.jchdonline.org/index.php/component/content/article?id=185:general-information-about-shots-immunizations-or-vaccinations

Authorities say five people were shot, one of them fatally, in two separate overnight shootings within minutes of each other in Champaign.

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Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem

First, a story:Late one night, a man searches for something in a parking lot. On his hands and knees, he crawls around a bright circle of light created by a streetlamp overhead.A woman passes, stops, takes in the scene."What are you looking for? Can I help?""My car keys. Any chance you've seen them?""You dropped them right around here?""Oh, no. I dropped them way over there," he says, gesturing vaguely to some faraway spot on the other side of the lot."Then why are you looking here?"The man...
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