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Like many other observances in 2020, Adoption Awareness Month in Illinois is taking place in the virtual world.

Throughout the month of November, Illinoisans are being encouraged to share their connections to adoption by displaying coloring sheets in their windows created with their kids, and sharing pictures on social media.

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New research suggests access to emergency paid leave could help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. Supporters of a broader paid-time-off proposal say it's needed in states like Illinois, where there's no such requirement.

A new report puts some weight behind arguments that young adults should not be prosecuted in adult court in Illinois.

The findings from the Juvenile Law Center confirmed youth incarceration rates have fallen in recent years, as officials recognize the developmental differences between adolescents and adults.

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The pandemic has pushed the issue of voter access to the forefront, but for Illinois' disability community, it's more than just another talking point.

While the world fights the pandemic, health experts say there's a chronic epidemic that continues to hide in the shadows. September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and in Illinois, one person takes his or her own life, on average, every six hours.

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The burnout experienced by Illinois nurses on the front lines of the pandemic is apparently nothing new.

In a survey of hospitals in Illinois and New York taken just before the arrival of COVID-19, half of nurses scored in the "high-burnout" range as the result of their workloads.

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An annual survey is uncovering the pandemic's impact on health behaviors and attitudes.

According to the 2020 UnitedHealthcare Wellness Checkup Survey, about two-thirds of people said walking is their preferred exercise activity, and it's the most popular among Baby Boomers and Generation X.

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A new partnership could help breathe new life into Illinois lands that have been plagued by multi-year floods.

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There's a new tool to help both consumers and farmers affected by recent meat shortages.

The Missouri Farm Bureau has launched a new database of farmers who sell their meat products directly to consumers.

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Some Illinois college students are part of a growing movement to raise awareness of the $23 trillion national debt and brainstorm solutions.

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New data is providing fresh hope in the fight against cancer.

An annual report from the American Cancer Society reveals the cancer death rate fell 2.2% between 2016 and 2017 -- the largest ever single year decline.

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The winter solstice is nearly upon us, and for hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans, the shorter days and falling temperatures can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD.

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As the world marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child, local leaders and experts in Illinois are pausing to examine human rights in the juvenile justice system.

The Trump administration wants to reverse roadless protections for the country's largest national forest, and opponents fear pristine land in Illinois and other states could be next.

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With less than half a year to go until the 2020 Census, efforts are ramping up in Illinois and other states to ensure an accurate count. A vital part of that is getting enough "boots on the ground."

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New research says discrimination and segregation continue to plague Illinois and other Midwestern states.

According to the report "Race in the Heartland," while more black Americans live in the 12-state Midwestern region, equity metrics here are worse than in other states.

Net neutrality suffered a significant blow on Tuesday as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era consumer protections.

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Energy-efficiency jobs are booming in Illinois, and the pace is not expected to slow down anytime soon. According to a report released Monday, Illinois added more than 2,500 energy-efficiency jobs in 2018. That's a nearly 3% increase.

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Convicted murderer Russell Bucklew's execution is scheduled for Oct. 1, but next week the American Civil Liberties Union will present a petition with 30,000 signatures to Gov. Mike Parson, asking that Bucklew's sentence be commuted to life in prison.

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Teachers in Illinois are applauding a new law that could boost their bottom line. A bill signed on Thursday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker raises the minimum salary for teachers in the state to $40,000, up from $10,000.

As a second-year teacher at the Crossroads Learning Center in the Jacksonville District, Bentley Stewart currently earns $34,000. She says teachers need to feel more secure and valued in their profession.

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Illinois is among nearly two dozen states fighting a new Trump administration rule, saying it won't be effective at cleaning up pollution from power plants.

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Conservation groups are slamming the Trump administration's new rule that significantly weakens the Endangered Species Act.

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Legislation that has changed the lives of millions of Americans, including nearly one in five Illinoisans, marks its 29th anniversary Friday.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990, and is considered the most significant piece of civil-rights legislation since the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Those annoying robocalls that drive people crazy are the targets of a bill headed to a floor vote before the U.S. House.

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Some Illinois growers are using the power of NASA in a new project aimed at addressing food security, from improving crop outputs to working their land more efficiently.

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Illinois, along with many other states, has experienced a dramatic decline in manufacturing jobs since the 1940s, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

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Conservation groups are asking Gov. J.B. Pritzker to speak out this week against a proposal that could weaken clean-water protections for the Ohio River.

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission will vote Thursday, June 6, on a plan that would make adoption of the agency's pollution-control standards along the river voluntary.

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It's National Nurses Week, and advocates for the profession are continuing their fight for safer working conditions.

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Legislation is making its way through the Illinois House that could help change the trajectory for some kids in legal trouble. House Bill 1468 would raise the minimum age for juvenile detention from 10 to 13.

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A change to eligibility for federal food assistance could affect hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans.

Able bodied people ages 18 to 49 without dependents, who work fewer than 20 hours a week, can only receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for up to three months in a three-year period.

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