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Dr. Howard Elementary School in Champaign.
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News Local/State

Champaign Teachers Union Says Unit 4 Refuses To Bargain

The Champaign teachers union says the Champaign Unit 4 School District is violating labor law by refusing to bargain over compensation and support for teachers who have to move their classrooms.

Connie Barr receives her father's Purple Heart from Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs
Photo courtesy of Connie Barr
The 21st Show

Reuniting Families with Military Medals; Author Chibundu Onuzo; Best Illinois Books

On The 21st: Connie Barr shares her story of learning her father received a Purple Heart for his service in World War Two and we hear about Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs' work reuniting families with long lost military medals. Plus, as the state celebrates its bicentennial, there’s a new contest to name Illinois’s greatest book. What are some of the titles in the running? But first, we speak to Nigerian author Chibundu Onuzo about her new book and first U.S. release, "Welcome to Lagos." 

The contents of a rape kit vary depending on the amount of evidence found on the victim.
Illinois State Police
News Local/State

Survivor Shares Experience With Rape Kit Testing

For this week’s Illinois Issues, we bring you a story about a measure that would train more nurses how to collect DNA evidence after a sexual assault for use in a criminal trial, often referred to as rape kits. Mary Cullen spoke with Melissa Souto about her experience undergoing the testing.