Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks during a campaign rally earlier this month at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Scott Morgan/AP
September 17, 2016

Third-Party Candidates Fall Short Of Presidential Debate Threshold

There will officially be no third-party candidate on the presidential debate stage. Libertarian Gary Johnson and Jill Stein of the Green Party officially did not make the cut, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Friday.


Kimberly Thomas is Illinois Teacher of the Year for 2016
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September 17, 2016

Teacher Of The Year Makes School ‘Mathalicious’

Kimberly Thomas is the reigning Illinois Teacher of the Year. The title doesn’t come with a satin sash and a tiara, but you might think it does once you get a taste of Thomas’s extreme effervescence. This Peoria math teacher has a lot more going for her than just bubbles and fizz, but you have to get you a sip of that first.


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September 16, 2016

Federal Loan To Help Monticello Build New Wastewater Treatment Plant

The US Department of Agriculture has awarded the city of Monticello a $14 million loan to build a new wastewater treatment plant. The announcement comes a year after Illinois' Attorney General sued the city over the release of untreated wastewater into streets. 


A measure heading to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections.
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September 15, 2016

Same-Day Voter Registration; Anthem Protests; Baseball Pitching Regulations; Flint Water Collection

On the 21st: We heard from both sides of the debate over same-day voter registration, and talked with a sports columnist about Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protests. Plus, we spoke with a surgeon about the effects of over-pitching on high school baseball players, and learned about an effort to help residents of Flint, Michigan, get access to clean water.


Harold Poling, left, and Ted Weisenberger found the doors to the ITT Technical Institute campus closed after ITT Educational Services announced that the school had ceased operating, Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press
September 15, 2016

ITT Technical Institute To Cease Operations Friday

The for-profit college ITT Technical Institute said in a federal filing that it will cease operations on Friday. Carmel, Indiana-based ITT Educational Services Inc. said in a Wednesday filing with the Securities and
Exchange Commission that it would stop services a little more than a week after it announced it would close all of its campuses. At the same time, Parkland College and other community colleges are stepping in to help displaced students.


Republican vice president candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks at the Republican National Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 13.
Cliff Owen/Associated Press
September 14, 2016

Lawyers Questioned Over Indiana’s Syrian Refugees Order

Attorneys defending Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's order to bar state agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in his state have been fiercely questioned by a federal appeals court. The three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago zeroed in on the intelligence and intent behind the Republican vice presidential candidate's order.


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