Mary Kay Mace, the mother of NIU shooting victim Ryanne Mace, addressed a crowd at Champaign's Westside Park Thursday.
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June 03, 2016

‘Wear Orange’ Group Spreads Message In Champaign

Champaign was one of nearly 200 US cities that took part in National Gun Violence Awareness Day Thursday, wearing orange - and trying to bring attention to the gun violence that some in the area say is at a ‘crisis level.’  Organized by Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America, about 50 attended a rally in Champaign's Westside Park.


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June 03, 2016

Summer Books; Gospel Justice; Food Safety; Bunnies

On the 21st: We asked librarians to recommend their favorite reads for summer and talked to the author of the new book "The Very Good Gospel." Plus, we spoke with a food safety expert about the massive nationwide recall of flour and got tips from ecologists for how to keep bunnies out of your garden.


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June 03, 2016

Rauner, Lawmakers React To Exelon Closures

Exelon Corp. says it will shut two Illinois nuclear plants, including the site at Clinton, because of legislative inaction on state financial support, but the company is still lobbying for the plan with legislators still dealing with the budget impasse. On Thursday, Gov. Bruce Rauner said he wanted to protect the estimated 1,500 jobs that would be lost, but wants to balance that with protecting rate payers and taxpayers, calling the company's Next Generation Energy bill 'a bailout.'


Gov. Bruce Rauner is joined by Republican Senators Chapin Rose and Jason Barickman at a stop at Middletown Prairie Elementary School in Mahomet Wednesday
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June 01, 2016

Rauner: Dems Should Break Ranks With Madigan, Cullerton

Governor Bruce Rauner says he was 'stunned' at Democrats' inability to agree on budget measures as the legislative session ended Tuesday, but says he's also starting see more Democrats break ranks with the House Speaker and Senate President. The Republican governor is hitting a number of cities on a 2-day road trip, drumming up support for a stopgap funding measure with some GOP lawmakers.


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