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The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress.

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As the owner of a yellow lab named Gus, author Maria Goodavage has had many occasions to bathe her pooch when he rolls around in smelly muck at the park.

Nevertheless, her appreciation for his keen sense of smell has inspired her write best-selling books about dogs with special assignments in the military and the U.S. Secret Service.

President Trump will go on abusing his office and imperiling elections unless the Senate removes him, House Democrats argued on Friday as they wrapped their opening presentation in Trump's impeachment trial.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., warned in some of his strongest language yet that what he called Trump's venality and moral bankruptcy would only grow worse if Congress allows him to remain president after what Democrats say he's committed.

In the voyage to the final frontier there is a wave of ridicule being directed toward President Trump who unveiled the U.S. Space Force logo on Friday afternoon.

"After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military!" Trump tweeted.

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Illinois lawmakers are considering whether the state should begin paying for deferred prosecution programs. They’re intended to give non-violent offenders a second chance.

University of Illinois Springfield professor Jason Pierceson recently published an encyclopedia detailing LGBTQ politics. It includes profiles on candidates, officials and activists; a timeline of events;  government documents; speeches; and court cases. Pierceson recently talked about the two-volume work with reporter Maureen McKinney, as well as the Trump administration's handling of LGBTQ issues. 

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a law Wednesday aimed at bringing more young people into the civic conversation.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale is slated to have it's first TEDx talk on January 25 in the Student Center.

The event's theme is the power of change.

Organizer Danny Vega says organizing the event has been a rollercoaster as he's the first to apply for an event license neccessary to organize the conference. But through the process, Vega says he's learned skills he would not have the opportunity to learn otherwise.

Vega organized the event with the help of the TEDx Committee, which is primarily made up of students and the Office of Student Engagement.

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Carbondale Police have identified the person killed in a shooting incident earlier this week.

Officers say he is 25-year-old Cordell Johnson of Cairo.

Both Republicans and Democrats say they want more answers as to why more than 500 non-U.S.citizens were mistakenly added to Illinois voter rolls.

Members of both parties say they take the issue of election security seriously.

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A four-mile natural gas pipeline from Pittsburg to Johnston City in Williamson County serves about 30-thousand customers of Ameren.

Thursday morning, the utility hosted an open house at its storage field in Johnston City, which stores the gas underground to prevent Ameren Illinois from running out of the energy source.

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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker made a stop Thursday at a Marion early learning center to discuss investments the state is making in early childhood development and education

A suburban Chicago school teacher is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to agree she can use her paid sick days for maternity leave. The catch? Her baby was born in June, on the last full day of the school year. The teacher wanted to use her remaining 28 paid sick days at the start of the following school year. 

 

Adam Dauksas, an attorney representing the school district, told the court that interpretation disconnects the leave from the birth, and could have absurd results.

The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types -- especially type O.

Regional Red Cross spokesperson Joe Zydlo says a chief of pathology at a regional hospital just told him why the universal blood type of type O is needed in emergency situations.

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