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July 19, 2019

State Steps Up So Clinics Won’t Be ‘Gagged’

The federal government plans to cut funding to clinics that provide abortion referrals. But in Illinois, any clinics that lose that funding can get grants from the state.

View of Kaskaskia, 1841. Lithograph by J. C. Wild, from J. C. Wild and L. F. Thomas, The Valley of the Mississippi Illustrated in a Series of Views (St. Louis: Chambers and Knapp, 1841).

Southern Illinois University Press.

News Local/State
July 19, 2019

Illinois Issues: Kaskaskia—The Lost Capital of Illinois

The authors have taken a fresh look at the story of Illinois’ first capital city in a new book published by Southern Illinois University Press called “Kaskaskia: The Lost Capital of Illinois.” They’ve put together what they say is a comprehensive account of the town, complete with historical photos, maps, and even tales of a centuries-old curse. 

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News Local/State
July 19, 2019

Killer Of Yingying Zhang Sentenced To Life In Prison

The man convicted of murdering University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang will spend the rest of his life in federal prison “without release”. That was the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Jim Shadid Thursday, after a jury spent about nine hours deliberating before determining they could not reach a unanimous verdict on the death penalty for Brendt Christensen. 

Yingying Zhang Memorial Garden.

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News Local/State
July 18, 2019

Divided Jury Means Life In Prison For Christensen

A former University of Illinois doctoral student was spared the death penalty Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing of a 26-year-old scholar from China. Her parents, disappointed he was not sentenced to death, publicly begged for the killer to reveal where her remains are so they can be returned home.

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