U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth met with panel of Parkland College students on campus Thursday.
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September 02, 2016

Durbin, Duckworth Address Higher Ed Costs At Parkland

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth say college students are graduating with an 'overwhelming' amount of debt. During a panel at Parkland College in Champaign Thursday, the two discussed efforts to refinance the debt, increase Pell Grants, and allow for two years' free community college.


Gov. Bruce Rauner during an appearance at a school in Mahomet June 1.
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September 01, 2016

Rauner Fires 29 From Patronage Scandal Under Predecessors

Gov. Bruce Rauner has laid off 29 Illinois Department of Transportation employees who were among those improperly hired based on political connections. The Republican said Thursday he issued notices to the so-called "staff assistants" hired by skirting personnel rules under two previous Democratic governors.


Champaign Paralympian Nichole Millage (front, third from right) takes a photo with co-workers from the city at the Dodds Park Olympic and Paralympic Tribute Thursday,
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August 31, 2016

Champaign Paralympian Millage Is Ready For Rio

Champaign city employee Nichole Millage is prepping for her third, and likely final, Paralympics, starting in Rio Wednesday.  A member of the USA Sitting Volleyball team, Millage says she's not concerned about reports of Brazil's economic crisis, and what that might mean to the games.


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, left, and his wife Diana Rauner, right, walk down a hallway leading to a meeting of the governor's Cabinet on Children and Youth Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Springfield.
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August 31, 2016

Social Services Lose Lawsuit Asking Judge To Force State Of Illinois To Pay Them

Almost 100 social service agencies in Illinois, including one led by Illinois' first lady, were dealt a blow in a Cook County courtroom Wednesday.  Judge Rodolfo Garcia dismissed their lawsuit against the state of Illinois, which asked the court to force the state to fully pay them for work they were contracted to do during the year-long budget impasse.


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