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University of Illinois Willard Airport Executive Director Gene Cossey talks with reporters on Wednesday's helicopter crash.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
News Local/State
January 18, 2017

No Injuries In Willard Helicopter Crash During Training Exercise

The two occupants of a small training helicopter walked away without injury after it crashed at the University of Illinois’ Willard Airport around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Willard Executive Director Gene Cossey says during a landing procedure, they lost control of the aircraft, which skidded down the runway and flipped over. 

Chunks of Arctic sea ice, melt ponds and open water are all seen in this image captured by NASA's Digital Mapping System instrument during an Operation IceBridge flight over the Chukchi Sea in July 2016.
NASA/Goddard/Operation IceBridge
News Local/State
January 18, 2017

2016 Was The Hottest Year Yet, Scientists Declare

Last year, global warming reached record high temperatures — and if that news feels like déjà vu, you're not going crazy. The planet has now had three consecutive years of record-breaking heat.

White board with school funding written on it.
Carter Staley / NPR Illinois
News Local/State
January 18, 2017

Education Desk: McConnaughay Sees Signals Of Compromise

For the past 20 years, school funding in Illinois has relied heavily on property taxes, which means schools near prime commercial or residential areas thrive, while others struggle to get by. Since August, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers has been meeting regularly to try to come up with a better way to fund public schools.

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