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Illinois Issues: Legislative Races To Watch

The presidential race is capturing most voters' attention. But here in Illinois, there's record-breaking spending going into races for the General Assembly. Hanging in the balance is the state of Illinois, or at least its budget, anyway.

Edward Feser, interim provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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UI Provost Delivers Cold, Hard Facts

University of Illinois Urbana campus interim provost Edward Feser talks about the financial difficulties facing the university due to the state's budget impasse, in an interview with Illinois Public Radio Education Desk reporter Dusty Rhodes.

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The History Behind ‘Go Cubs Go’

As enthusiasm for the Chicago Cubs run to the World Series has roared across the country, so has the ubiquitousness of the Cubs theme song penned by the late Steve Goodman. But there's an interesting backstory to how it became the team's official theme song.  

Illini Hall of Fame inductee Dick Butkus and U of I Athletic Director Josh Whitman at Thursday's announcement at Memorial Stadium.
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Illini Start Sports Hall Of Fame, Dick Butkus In 1st Class

The University of Illinois is forming the school's first Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame and a member of its first class will be former Chicago Bears great Dick Butkus. He was named as the Hall's first inaugural member Thursday. An induction ceremony planned in Champaign-Urbana for next September. 

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Kirk Backs Off Write-In Vote For Petraeus

For months, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said he would write-in former CIA Director David Petraeus for president. This week, Kirk backed off that stance.

In an interview for Chicago public radio station WBEZ, Kirk praised Petraeus’ military record but refused to confirm he would vote for him. Kirk, R-Highland Park, also reiterated his frustration with Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.