The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
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May 02, 2013

House Passes Madigan Pension Reform Plan

A plan that will leave state employees and teachers with reduced retirement benefits made it out of the Illinois House on Thursday.


United Farm Workers - immigration rally
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April 13, 2013

Immigration Debate Puts Farm Workers Union In Spotlight

A new immigration bill is expected to be introduced in the U.S. Senate next week. One big hurdle toward that was cleared this week when the United Farm Workers reached a deal with growers that would address wages and caps the number of visas allowed for new workers.


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April 12, 2013

Shimkus, Davis, Weigh in on Obama Budget Plan

A downstate Illinois Congressman says President Barack Obama is taking a ‘realistic’ approach in his fiscal budget.  But a fellow Republican calls cuts to Medicare and Social Security 'irresponsible.'


Venezuela Acting President Nicolas Maduro
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April 11, 2013

Venezuela’s Next Leader Faces Tough Choice On Oil Program

As Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez thought in grandiose terms, and his country's vast oil riches enabled him to act on his vision. But Chavez died before he had to deal with the flaws in his model, and some hard choices await his successor.


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April 07, 2013

U.S. Diplomat Killed in Afghanistan Wanted to Help

A 25-year-old U.S. diplomat from River Forest, Illinois killed in southern Afghanistan is being remembered as an up-and-coming public servant who loved working directly with Afghan residents.


Urbana High School students Kaitlyn Breitenfeldt, Miranda Bullok, and Tessla Varvel make a salad in the school's teaching kitchen.
July 15, 2012

Healthy Cooking 101

It's easy to be swayed to turn to fast and affordable food that may not be healthy. But in Urbana, there’s a push to teach people the basics of healthy cooking on a budget.


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