n this Feb. 24, 2016 photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner visits with students hoping to attend college during a visit to Southeast High School in Springfield, where he discussed his education agenda.
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March 02, 2016

Senate Overrides Rauner’s MAP Funding Veto, House Falls Two Votes Short

The Illinois Senate Wednesday voted 37-17 to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a measure funding the Monetary Award Program, or MAP grants. But the Illinois House failed to override by two votes.  The legislation involved $397 million for the income-based Monetary Award Program and $324 million for community colleges.

 of I Police Capt. Matt Myrick, Champaign Sgt. Joe Ketchum, and U of I Vice Chancellor Renee Romano discuss "Unofficial" St. Patrick's Day at the Champaign Police Department Wednesday.
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March 02, 2016

C-U Law Enforcement, University, Prepare for ‘Unofficial’

A number of U of I students and guests from other schools are expected in the Campustown neighborhood Friday for Unofficial St. Patrick's Day, the binge drinking event that started as a bar promotion in the mid-90's. Extra patrols will be in place around campus, and Champaign and Urbana have emergency orders in place, including a ban on keg permits, and U of I dorms have banned overnight guests.

Portrait of George Will
Provided by George Will.
March 02, 2016

George Will: Anyone But Trump

The nationally syndicated columnist and conservative commentator was on the University of Illinois Urbana campus Tuesday to speak at Foellinger Auditorium.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline got Will's thoughts on the Republican presidential primary, among other topics.

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March 02, 2016

Flash Index Moves Up In February

The Flash Index to the Illinois economy moved up slightly in February, reaching 105.6 after two months of declines.

National Sweetheart Pageant Runners-Up, 2015
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March 01, 2016

Miss America Ban Could Mean End To Hoopeston Pageant

A clarification in the language from the Miss America organization may mean Hoopeston can no longer hold its National Sweetheart Pageant, held during Labor Day weekend.  The competition has gone on since the 1940's. Its co-directors, Cliff and Michelle Crabtree, say they're looking into what it would take to become affiliated with the organization.

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