Several small cities in southern Illinois are preparing for visitors to come and see a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. This will be the first in the mainland U.S. in almost four decades.
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August 14, 2017

Preparing For Eclipse; Senate Bill 1 Override; Donors Help Flooded Libraries; Video Game Art Gallery

On the 21st: The Senate took a big step toward passing a major school funding bill by overriding Governor Rauner’s veto, and the House will vote this Wednesday. When can public schools across the state expect to get the money they are owed? Plus — there’s only one more week until the total solar eclipse. We’ll tell you what you need to know to get ready for this once-in-a-lifetime chance.

State Senator Andy Manar speaks at the podium at Urbana High School alongside Urbana School District Superintendent. Don Owen and State Senator Scott Bennett.
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August 11, 2017

State Senator Andy Manar on SB1; Bed Bugs In Central Illinois; State Fair Eating Competitions

On the 21st: Illinois missed its first payment to K-12 schools yesterday because Democrats and Republicans can't agree on how to divide up that money. State Senator Andy Manar, the chief architect of the school funding bill SB1, weighs in on what comes next. Plus, we learn what's being done to address bedbug problems in central Illinois, and discuss a new eating competition at the state fair. 

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