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Gov. Bruce Rauner, flanked by Auburn Supt Darren Root, and St. Representatives Avery Bourne, Sara Wojcicki Jimenez.
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Rauner Gives Dems A Deadline For School Bill

Monday at high noon — That's the deadline Gov. Bruce Rauner has given Democrats to send the school funding bill to his desk. The new state budget requires this revamped funding formula, but Rauner plans to veto certain parts of the plan.

He promises every school district -- except Chicago -- lots more money once he gets to veto portions of the Democrats' bill.

Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar.
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Candidate Pawar To Join Anti-Violence March In Danville

The Three Kings of Peace will hold another one of its neighborhood anti-violence marches in Danville on Saturday. And this time, organizers are expecting an out of town guest ---- gubernatorial candidate Ameya Pawar.

The Hallene Gateway on the University of Illinois Urbana campus.
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Rauner Appoints Stuart King To U Of I Board Of Trustees

Governor Bruce Rauner announced this morning that he has appointed Stuart King to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. King has received three degrees from the University of Illinois, and is a practicing physician at Christie Clinic in Champaign.

Anthony Bruno
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Christensen Pleads Not Guilty To Yingying Zhang Kidnapping; Jury Trial Set For Sept. 12

In a hearing lasting less than five minutes, Brendt Christensen entered a “not guilty” plea Thursday in a federal courtroom in Urbana to the charge of kidnapping Yingying Zhang.

Prosecutors accuse Christensen, a recent University of Illinois graduate student, of abducting Zhang, a U of I visiting scholar from China, from a campus bus stop on June 9th.