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The Forgotten Warrior Memorial
November 11, 2016

Paying Tribute To Vets Who Succumbed To PTSD

A lot of military memorials honor service abroad.  But one being planned in Illinois will recognize those whose battle continued when they came home. 

The Forgotten Warrior Memorial could be in place next year in Channahon State Park in Will County.   It will pay tribute to military men and women who lost their lives to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 


Charles and Doris Lehman, of Sparta, Illinois, at the Pour House bar in Marissa, Illinois.
Durrie Bouscaren/St. Louis Public Radio
November 11, 2016

Without Congressional Action, Retired Coal Workers Could Lose Benefits By End Of 2016

Thousands of former coal workers and dependents who worked for now-bankrupt coal companies could lose their health insurance at the end of the year if Congress does not pass legislation to fund it. Retirees in southern Illinois say losing their health insurance would amount to a broken promise from the coal companies that would have devastating effects to their well-being.


U of I President Tim Killeen discusses the performance-based funding measure before university Trustees Thursday in Chicago.
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November 10, 2016

U Of I Trustees Endorse Metric-Based Funding Plan

University of Illinois leaders are backing proposed legislation that would tie levels of state funding with performance metrics like awarding financial aid, graduation rates, and holding down tuition costs. President Tim Killeen says the 5-year pact would guarantee ‘baseline’ state funding would increase by the rate of inflation during each remaining year.


Aaron Schock (right) and attorney George Terwilliger (left) dismissed allegations of any wrongdoing by the former congressman's office. Schock resigned in March 2015.
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November 10, 2016

Defense Team: Ex-Rep. Aaron Schock Is Being Indicted

The grand jury indictment against Aaron Schock accuses the former Illinois congressman of spending $40,000 in government funds to redecorate his Washington office - including the purchase of a $5,000 chandelier. The U.S. attorney's office in Springfield announced the 24-count, 52-page indictment on Thursday. Schock says he will fight the allegations and expose the investigation as a politically-driven witch hunt.


Thousands gather outside Trump International Hotel & Tower for an anti-Donald Trump rally Nov. 9, 2016 in Chicago.
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November 10, 2016

U Of I, Chicago, Suburbs React To President-elect Donald Trump

Protests held around the US reacting to the election of Donald Trump as president included one on the University of Illinois’ main Urbana campus quad Wednesday afternoon. The Daily Illini reports over 100 students held anti-Trump signs - but also held each other’s hands, chanting ‘Keep Loving, Keep Fighting’. Meanwhile, thousands gathered in Chicago for a rally outside the Trump Hotel and Tower Wednesday night.


In this April 28, 2014 photo, students walk past the Alma Mater statue, a landmark on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana.
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November 10, 2016

U Of I Administrators Pushing Performance-Based Funding Plan

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen is again pushing a plan for the state to agree to multi-year budget for the school in exchange for controls on tuition increases and other benchmarks. He previously discussed the idea as a way to provide financial stability as the state continues to struggle with its budget crisis. The president will discuss the legislation in Thursday's U of I Trustees meeting.


A number of flyers related to health care enrollment are on the walls at Champaign County Health Consumers in Champaign.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
November 09, 2016

What To Expect For Obamacare Enrollment In 2017

Sign up started last week for coverage under Obamacare in 2017. Like much of the country, people across Illinois are seeing fewer choices and higher monthly premiums. But one group that’s helping people sign up for coverage says, at least so far, they don’t expect customers to have to scramble to find affordable coverage.


Champaign County States Attorney Julia Rietz and Public Defender George Vargas debate during Tuesdays forum in the Champaign City Council chambers.
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November 09, 2016

Incumbents Win In Champaign County

Republican County Auditor John Farney retains his office by a slim 129-vote margin over Democrat George Danos.  Democrat Julia Rietz was re-elected comfortably in the race for Champaign County State's Attorney.


Voters in Illinois elected Democrats statewide, but sent a few more Republicans to the state legislature.
Amanda Vinicky/NPR Illinois
November 09, 2016

Madigan Loses Some Power; Rauner Buys More Budget Culpability

Illinois legislators will only get a brief post-election respite from politics; a week from Wednesday they’ll be back in Springfield to begin the veto session.The current makeup of the General Assembly will remain in place for that, but come the new year -- when the Capitol welcomes a new set of lawmakers elected Tuesday night -- the balance of power will shift, slightly.


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