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Hillary Clinton
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The 21st Show

Clinton’s Appeal To Illinois Voters; Rhymefest Speaks Out

On the next 21st: We continue this week’s political conversation by talking to Hillary Clinton supporters in Illinois. Plus - we'll talk to Che “Rhymefest” Smith about the national debate over communities and policing.

King Li of Wake Forest University, the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.
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News Local/State

U Of I Names First Dean Of New Medical School

The University of Illinois has hired King Li, an administrator at Wake Forest University, as its inaugural dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. His tenure will start October 1, pending approval by the U of I Board of Trustees at its September 8 meeting.

Lovie Smith at the podium.
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News Local/State

Smith Looks Forward To College Atmosphere For Opener

The Fighting Illini football team opens its season this Saturday at Memorial Stadium against Murray State.  First-year head coach Lovie Smith is no stranger to season openers, but for the last 20 years those openers have taken place in NFL stadiums.

School hallway.
WUIS
News Local/State

Illinois Issues: Rewriting The Rule Book

A law going into effect in Illinois next month will ban zero-tolerance policies in schools and turn suspension and expulsion into disciplinary options of last resort. Districts throughout the state are taking different approaches to prepare for the changes.

Justine Siegal throws batting practice to Cleveland Indians catchers during baseball spring training Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, in Goodyear, Ariz.
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News Local/State

Normal Coach Is Changing The Face Of Professional Baseball

Justine Siegal said she started her career patch playing tee ball, like many kids do. But at age 13, when she was told by her baseball coach to play softball instead, she refused to quit - and still hasn't left the game. The newest member of the Normal Cornbelters coaching staff, she's also scouted big leaguers, and pitched batting practice to major league hitters.

Graph showing Illinois' statewide video gaming machine count, 2012-2016
WNIJ & summer 2016 data visualization course, Department of Computer Science, Northern Illinois University (Mohammed Jaffer Ali)
News Local/State

Video Gaming Reaches New Heights In Illinois

Video gaming machines have been popping up in Illinois bars and restaurants for nearly four years. For the most part, the increase in gaming machines and in revenue across the state has been steady. There are nearly 24,000 video gaming machines in Illinois, and the amount played over the last few years is in the billions of dollars -- with a b.