John Kerry
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March 05, 2013

Kerry: We’re Trying To Offer Syrian President A Rational Choice

Secretary of State John Kerry is wrapping up his first official overseas trip to Europe and the Middle East. He's shifted U.S. policy on Syria, offering direct assistance to the opposition coalition and non-lethal aid to fighters. He's also offered Egypt's Islamist government $190 million to avert a budget crisis and he's warning Iran that talks can't go on indefinitely.


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March 05, 2013

Gov. Quinn Prepares to Deliver Budget Address

An administration official says Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will spend part of his budget address crediting a contract agreement with Illinois' largest union for $900 million in healthcare savings.


Shahid Khan will be the commencement speaker May 12.
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March 05, 2013

U of I Alumnus Khan to Give Commencement Speech

University of Illinois alumnus and entrepreneur Shahid Khan has been chosen to give the commencement address on the Urbana campus May 12.


March 05, 2013

Decatur, ADM Agree on Water Wells

Decatur and its biggest water user have reached a deal to ease strain on the local water supply if a drought like last year's returns. The Decatur City Council on Monday approved a deal with agricultural processor Archer Daniels Midland Co.


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March 05, 2013

Ch├ívez’s Health Worsens, Hit By New, Severe Infection

President Hugo Chávez is breathing with greater difficulty as a new and severe respiratory infection has taken hold, Venezuela's government said, describing the cancer-stricken president's condition as "very delicate."


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