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Justice Department Sues Ferguson After City Amends Police Reform Deal

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the city of Ferguson, Mo., for unjust policing that violates the civil and constitutional rights of citizens, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Wednesday.The lawsuit came one day after the Ferguson City Council voted to change a proposed consent decree to reform the police and courts. The council said the package, which had been negotiated between the DOJ and city officials, cost too much.In a news conference, Lynch said the DOJ was sensitive to ...
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Wednesday afternoon President Barack Obama returned to the Illinois State Capitol. In the place where his political career began ... he spoke to lawmakers about reaching across the bitter divide in American politics.

County governments in Illinois are receiving reimbursements from the state to help pay for part of their operations.

Several counties had sued the state for the funds after the state failed to pay them during the ongoing budget standoff.

The call for higher education funding continues to build, as more institutions announce draconian cuts across Illinois.

How safe are you or your information in today's interconnected cyber world?  Author and security expert Marc Goodman explores those questions in his recent book Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World.   Goodman's book is now out in paperback.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Goodman for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

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Memorial Hospital of Carbondale gave a sneak peek at their state of the art Hybrid OR Tuesday.

They will start using the hybrid OR at the end of the month.

This is part of their 52 million dollar expansion they started in the fall of 2014.

Eastern Illinois University has announced the layoff of 198 civil service employees, blaming the move on the continuing state budget impasse.

The State of Illinois owes Southern Illinois Healthcare over $50 million in overdue bills because of the budget impasse.

A higher-education accrediting agency says the state budget impasse could have ``significant'' consequences for the public colleges and universities in Illinois.

The Illinois State Museum in Springfield plans to re-open by charging admission fees and consolidating departments...if lawmakers go along with the idea.

This week, we'll celebrate Lincoln's Birthday.  Should President Obama also get a holiday in his home state?  Some lawmakers think so.

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FBI Arrests Cliven Bundy As Pressure Mounts On 4 Remaining Wildlife Refuge Occupiers

The father of two men who were among the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and are now in jail, was himself arrested in Portland, Ore., Wednesday night.Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher prominent in protests to end federal control of western lands, is being held in the Multnomah County Detention Center. His sons Ammon and Ryan were arrested Jan. 27 and are there as well.Bundy had said earlier this week that he intended to travel to Oregon to support the four men still occupying a...
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IDOT Accepting Input for the Shawnee Parkway

The Illinois Department of Transportation is conducting a study and is encouraging public input on the proposed Shawnee Parkway, which would run from Paducah Kentucky to Cape Girardeau Missouri. Through March 15th, 2016, the public is able to go online and comment on the projects. The website is:
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