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A small moment of anger pushed Grammy-winning artist Gary Clark Jr. to create the unapologetic, seething song "This Land."

Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller say they take no position on what Paul Manafort's prison sentence should be, but say President Trump's former campaign chairman acted in "bold" fashion to commit a multitude of crimes.

Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced next month after pleading guilty in a Washington, D.C. court last year to charges of conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Should there be a way forward for people accused of sexual misconduct and what would that look like? That's the question NPR's Michel Martin poses to Julianne Malveaux and Melanie Campbell.

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A program is being revived in Illinois to help high school students become college and career ready.

Job's for America's Graduates - or JAG - is running a pilot program in seven Illinois high schools ...including Vienna.

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The Human Papillomavirus is spread from skin contact and mucus membranes from someone who probably doesn’t know they’re infected.

The Jackson County Health Department will be hosting an HPV Vaccination Health Fair Tuesday February 26 from 3 to 6 pm.

A Republican in the Illinois General Assembly says all elected officials in the state should be required to wear body cameras while conducting government business.

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Ornithologist Dr. Mike Baltz talks about the story of the Bald Eagles.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivered his first budget address at a time of acute fiscal distress for the state of Illinois. It also comes after Democrats have taken total control of the executive and legislative branches of state government, including supermajorities in the Illinois House and Senate.

For this week's Illinois Issues report, NPR Illinois reporters analyzed the governor's speech:

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As Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker delivered his first budget address, Southern Illinois University Carbondale students traveled across the capitol complex spreading the presence of Salukis.

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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker delivered his first budget address Wednesday in Springfield.

The governor reiterated his desire to lead the charge to enact a fair tax system in Illinois. He said it would set the state on a path to sustainable growth.

New data from Western Illinois University shows the Spring 2019 enrollment at the Macomb campus fell by almost 14 percent compared with a year ago.

A federal lawsuit against the University of Illinois' Urbana campus regarding alleged racial harassment of black employees was expanded Tuesday to include U ?of I campuses in Springfield and Chicago.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure gradually hiking the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the highest in the Midwest.

It was one of the new Democratic governor's top campaign promises. He signed the six-year plan Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion.

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