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State Board of Education Deputy Superintendent Jason Helfer leads the last meeting of the statewide ESSA listening tour at Decatur's Eisenhauer High School Thursday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
News Local/State
December 08, 2016

State Board Of Ed Wraps Up Listening Tour On New Education Law

Illinois’ State Board of Education has wrapped up three rounds of listening tours as the state and country prepares to replace the No Child Left Behind Law with legislation signed by President Obama a year ago. About 40 administrators, teachers, librarians, and others in education were among those at the last stop in the tour in Decatur Thursday, providing feedback on Illinois’ Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan, or ESSA.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., plant in Normal, Ill., is shown Thursday, May 20, 2004, where workers were awaiting an announcement that could determine the plant's fate.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
News Local/State
December 08, 2016

Company In Talks To Buy, Reopen Mitsubishi Plant

A Michigan automotive company, Rivian Automotive, hopes to take over the former Mitsubishi plant in Normal, and employ as many as 1,000 people. The 2.4-million-square foot facility that at its peak employed about 3,000 workers was shut down by Mitsubishi in November of last year. The last of the automaker's employees were laid off in May.

Dave Jackson stands in the produce section of his new and larger Save-A-Lot store in downtown Clinton.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
News Local/State
December 08, 2016

Economic Growth For Clinton Means More Than Keeping A Nuclear Plant Open

This is a report on the economy of a little town with a big power plant. The nuclear power plant located near the small town of Clinton (population 7,225) will be around for at least another decade. Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation Wednesday that subsidizes Exelon’s nuclear facilities, and prevents the Clinton and Quad-Cities nuclear plants from closing. Exelon says its Clinton plant has been a money-loser for some time. But it’s been a big part of the economy in Clinton and DeWitt County ever since initial construction began in the 1970s. 

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