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Chunks of Arctic sea ice, melt ponds and open water are all seen in this image captured by NASA's Digital Mapping System instrument during an Operation IceBridge flight over the Chukchi Sea in July 2016.
NASA/Goddard/Operation IceBridge
News Local/State

2016 Was The Hottest Year Yet, Scientists Declare

Last year, global warming reached record high temperatures — and if that news feels like déjà vu, you're not going crazy. The planet has now had three consecutive years of record-breaking heat.

White board with school funding written on it.
Carter Staley / NPR Illinois
News Local/State

Education Desk: McConnaughay Sees Signals Of Compromise

For the past 20 years, school funding in Illinois has relied heavily on property taxes, which means schools near prime commercial or residential areas thrive, while others struggle to get by. Since August, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers has been meeting regularly to try to come up with a better way to fund public schools.

Illini Malcolm Hill rejects Purdue's Isaac Haas during the Boilermakers 91-68 win over Illinois.
Vashoune Russell / Illinois Public Media
News Local/State

Illini Men Suffer Third Consecutive Blowout Road Loss

The Illini men caused few problems for Purdue Tuesday night in West Lafayette, Indiana, losing by a final score of 91 to 68. In three Big Ten road games thus far, Illinois has been beaten by an average of 21 points.

Former Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush, the subject of Tuesday's separation agreement with the city.
Champaign Police Department
News Local/State

Champaign Permanently Terminates Officer Matt Rush

The city of Champaign has permanently terminated police officer Matt Rush after two-and-a-half years of appeals and litigation. City Manager Dorothy David announced the $50,000 separation agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police at the conclusion of Tuesday's Champaign City Council meeting. Rush was twice fired by the city, and was the subject of multiple excessive force lawsuits, costing the city more than $300,000 in settlements.

Former Congressman Aaron Schock, R-Ill., speaks in support of Bruce Rauner during a gubernatorial campaign rally outside the State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
News Local/State

Magistrate Sets Trial Date For Former Congressman Schock

A federal magistrate has ruled former U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock will be tried this summer on federal corruption charges. Magistrate Judge Tom Schanzle-Haskins on Tuesday set the July 11 date for Schock's trial on fraud, filing a false tax return, theft of government funds and falsification of Federal Election Commission filings charges.

President Obama and Chicago Cubs
Carolyn Kaster/AP
The 21st Show

President Obama Honors Cubs; Research: Link Between Violence & PTSD; New Book About The Human Body

On the 21st: We discussed the World Series champion Chicago Cubs' visit to the White House yesterday. Plus, we learned about research that finds a link between shootings, violence and post-traumatic stress disorder. We also talked with a medical doctor turned journalist about his new book that addresses some of the most common - and quirky - questions people have about the human body.