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Helen J. McCorkle Public School, which was closed in Chicago several years ago.
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The 21st Show

Superintendents Speak Out On Budget Impasse; IDOT Patronage Hiring; History Of Black Music Class

On the 21st: We'll talk with two school superintendents about why they could have trouble opening in the fall without a full state budget. Plus, we learn how top Democrats helped friends and relatives land jobs at the Illinois Department of Transportation, and discuss how local high school students are learning about the history of jazz.

Parkland Trustees being sworn in: Rochelle Harden, Bianca Green, Dana Trimble and Greg Knott.
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News Local/State

Parkland Professor Is Now Also Parkland Trustee

Rochelle Harden was sworn in Wednesday night as the first-ever African-American trustee at Parkland College in Champaign. But that milestone has been overshadowed by the fact that the new trustee is also a member of the community college’s faculty.

John Bambenek
John Bambenek
News Local/State

Rauner Withdraws Nomination Of Bambanek To IBHE

Bambenek's 2016 nomination was never confirmed by the Illinois State Senate and drew protests from University of Illinois faculty, who said he wasn't qualified to serve.

In this April 27, 2016, file photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse in Chicago.
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Illinois Board Terminates Hastert’s State Lawmaker Pension

An Illinois retirement board is terminating former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s state pension. He’d been collecting about $28-thousand a year for his service in the state legislature. The General Assembly Retirement System's board of trustees voted 5 to 2 Wednesday to end the pension.

The Illinois House floor.
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News Local/State

House Democrats Pass Abortion Legislation

As women rallied at the Illinois Capitol Tuesday, the House passed a measure that would allow abortion to be covered by Medicaid and state-employee health insurance. If it also passes the Senate, it would be the first abortion legislation sent to the governor’s desk in 17 years.

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Meet 1A Host Joshua Johnson

WILL AM-580 is welcoming a new voice to our airwaves beginning Monday, May 1. The talk show 1A will air weekdays from 9-11am, just before Illinois Public Media's daily talk show “The 21st.”