An image of a crop field with a large prison wall behind it.

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June 28, 2019 - News Local/State

Durbin Regrets Voting To Take Pell Grants Away From Prisoners

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is cosponsoring legislation that would rollback one of the provisions of the 1994 crime bill. It’s called the Restoring Education and Learning Act — or REAL Act. The bill would restore Pell Grant eligibility to people incarcerated in state and federal prisons. 


Construction workers are building the foundation for new tracks at a train crossing at Ash and Third streets in Springfield. The city is hoping for money in an infrastructure bill to pay for the rest of the project.

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May 31, 2019 - News Local/State

Why There’s A Push To Change How Illinois Funds Road Projects

For decades, lawmakers would trade votes to get a new bridge in their district for a tough vote on a tax increase to fund infrastructure. But legislators are considering a proposal to get rid of that practice.


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