Foellinger Auditorium on the main quad of the University of Illinois Urbana campus.
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September 28, 2015

New Background Policy Delayed For U Of I Urbana Campus

A new policy requiring criminal background checks for all new University of Illinois employees will not be implemented on the Urbana campus until November 1st, following a request from the Academic Senate.

Sarah Thompson of Paxton speaks about the ABLE Act to a small audience at the Developmental Services Center of Champaign on Monday.
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September 28, 2015

Politicians Promote Savings Plan For Disability Care

Illinois will be among the first states to implement a savings program for the lifelong care of people with disabilities. The financial planning tool is being promoted at a time when many state-funded services for those with disabilities are not being paid.

In this June 9, 2015 file photo, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse in Chicago after his arraignment on charges of violating banking rules and lying to the FBI after he allegedly agreed in 2010 to pay $3.5 million to s
Christian K. Lee/AP, File
September 28, 2015

Ex-House Speaker Hastert Lawyers Talking Possible Plea Deal

Attorneys for the former U.S. House Speaker from Illinois say a possible plea deal has been reached in his hush-money case.  A May indictment said Hastert agreed to pay someone identified as "Individual A" to keep them from identifying past misconduct.

The United States was in a prime orbital position and time of day to view the eclipse on April 15, 2014. Depending on local weather conditions, the public got a spectacular view looking into the sky as the moon's appearance changed from bright o
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September 25, 2015

Rare Super Moon And Lunar Eclipse Sunday

On Sunday night, a total lunar eclipse will coincide with a super moon and a blood moon for the first time in over three decades. When a super moon occurs the moon is at its closest point to the earth and can appear up to fourteen percent larger. The red tint of a blood moon is a side effect of the lunar eclipse where the moon passes into its own shadow. This combination won’t happen again until 2033.

part of the new soft war on women book cover
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September 25, 2015

‘New Soft War On Women’ Is Pushing Progress Back

Conventional wisdom says there’s never been a better time to be a woman. For the first time in U.S. History, women make up half of the educated labor force and are earning the majority of advanced degrees. Not so fast. Caryl Rivers says if you look more closely, women now must fight what she dubs the “New Soft War on Women.” That’s the title of a new book she wrote with Rosalind Barnett, just out in paperback. 

Will Leitch standing in front of the Sullivan Theatre in New York City.
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September 25, 2015

Will Leitch Dives Into Politics

The founding editor of Deadspin made his name writing about sports, but has turned to politics in time for the 2016 presidential election.  Will Leitch stopped by the WILL studios to talk with Brian Moline.

Pope Francis is applauded as he arrives to address a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, making history as the first pontiff to do so.
Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP
September 24, 2015

Davis, Durbin Praise Pope’s Address To Congress

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Congressman Rodney Davis agreed with the pope's words before a joint meeting of Congress Thursday.  But they differed over funding for Planned Parenthood.

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