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February 21, 2019

Illinois Issues: Gov. Pritzker’s Budget Address, Annotated

Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivered his first budget address at a time of acute fiscal distress for the state of Illinois. It also comes after Democrats have taken total control of the executive and legislative branches of state government, including supermajorities in the Illinois House and Senate.


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News Local/State
February 20, 2019

FDA Says Teen Boys Most At Risk Of Using E-Cigarettes

Health officials say teenagers are using e-cigarettes at epidemic rates. Lawmakers in a number of Midwest states, like Indiana, Illinois and Minnesota, are addressing the problem and so is the FDA. Side Effects Public Media spoke with Mitch Zeller, director of the agency's Center for Tobacco Products, about efforts to curb the use of smokeless tobacco among youth.

Stuart Strahl, president of the Chicago Zoological Society, explains the infrastructure problems at Brookfield Zoo at a news conference Wendesday February 13 where the group asked the state for helping fixing the issues in the upcoming capital bill.

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News Local/State
February 20, 2019

Making The Case For A Piece of Illinois’ Capital Plan

Crumbling sidewalks, gas line failures and cracked concrete — the problems at Brookfield Zoo are a metaphor for what’s wrong with public infrastructure throughout Illinois. As lawmakers begin negotiating a statewide spending plan to fix it, the zoo is among a growing list of those coming to Springfield with their paws out.

The Hallene Gateway on the east side of the University of Illinois Urbana campus.

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News Local/State
February 19, 2019

U Of I: Minimum Wage Increase Makes It Difficult To ‘Hold The Line’ On Tuition Freeze

The University of Illinois System will need an additional $2.5 million in its operating budget to finance the minimum wage increase signed into law Tuesday by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, according to a spokesperson, and that could mean increased tuition costs across the state’s three campuses in the coming years.

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