A chasm.
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February 28, 2017

Illinois Issues: The Great Pension Chasm

Now Illinois is $130 billion away from having its pension systems fully funded. The debt is the standing legacy of the 100-plus years of missed opportunity. Those contributions that Illinois never made could’ve sat in investments and banks, accruing interest and returns — namely the world’s postwar boom that has only lately started to subside. Public employees are in the political crosshairs through no fault of their own.


Romantic violence book
RomanticViolence.com
February 28, 2017

Life After Hate; Sexual Harassment In The Sciences; Severe Weather & Tornadoes

On the next 21st: We speak with a former white supremacist about his efforts to help people leave hate groups. We'll also discuss the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace - with a focus on the sciences - and speak with a meterologist about the surprisingly mild winter and the news of the passing of actor Bill Paxton.


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Wikipedia
February 27, 2017

Chicago Schools Continues Effort In Court To Get More Funds

Chicago Public Schools officials are seeking a preliminary injunction barring the state of Illinois from disbursing education funds until it adequately funds the state's largest school district. Faced with a huge deficit and an upcoming teacher pension payment, CEO Forrest Claypool says the Chicago school year could end three weeks early if the state doesn't come through with funds.


Nebraska's Glynn Watson Jr. (5) drives around Illinois' Te'Jon Lucas, left, and Michael Finke (43) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lincoln, Neb., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.
Nati Harnik/AP
February 26, 2017

Three-Point Barrage Keys Illinois’ 73-57 Victory Over Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Malcolm Hill scored 19 points and Illinois went on a 3-point shooting spree in the second half in a 73-57 victory over Nebraska on Sunday.

Tracy Abrams added 13 points and Maverick Morgan had 12 for the Illini (17-12, 7-9), who won their third straight road game and for the fourth time in five games overall.


A.D. Carson
Ken Scar/Clemson University
February 25, 2017

Decatur Scholar Turns Rhymes Into Dope Dissertation

A.D. Carson grew up in Decatur, graduated from Millikin University, and earned a master's degree here at the University of Illinois Springfield. He’s now a Ph.D candidate at Clemson University, where recently he defended his dissertation -- a hip-hop project that’s gone viral.


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