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January 15, 2016

Flooding Closes Danville Elementary School For Rest Of School Year

A memo to parents from Superintendent Alicia Geddis calls closing the 100-year old Cannon Elementary School "a precautionary measure."  She says the long-term plan is to fix any problems to have it ready in time for the 2016-2017 school year. 


Gov. Bruce Rauner spoke Thursday with members of the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.
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January 14, 2016

Governor ‘Guarantees’ Criminal Justice Reform Push

Governor Bruce Rauner endorsed the work of his criminal justice commission Thursday.  He also made an unusual statement on prisons.  Rauner says he won't let the commissioners' endorsements gather dust. 


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January 14, 2016

Illinois Issues: What Will It Take To Stem Mass Incarceration?

Most experts say the governor’s target of a 25 percent reduction in the state's prison population can't be met by simply backing off the war on drugs. Instead, policymakers will have to look beyond the "nons” — nonviolent, nonserious and nonsexual offenders — and in so doing, challenge entrenched attitudes about crime and justice. 


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner
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January 13, 2016

Rauner Takes Shot At University Spending

A memo from Governor Bruce Rauner's deputy chief of staff sent to lawmakers Wednesday says colleges are top heavy with administrators, pay executives too much and fund exorbitant "golden parachutes" to leaders who resign for misconduct.  University leaders, including U of I President Timothy Killeen, responded later, saying the school has taken steps since Rauner assumed office.


President Barack Obama delivering his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.
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January 13, 2016

Reactions To President Obama’s Last SOTU Address

In this election year, members of Congress each side of the political aisle had a different take on President Obama’s final State of the Union Address, and what it could mean for his legacy.  Area lawmakers praised some plans, including a pledge for criminal justice reform, but Republicans say he's taking the wrong approach to battling ISIS.


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