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March 31, 2017

Illinois Lawmakers Debate Proposals Aimed at Young Voters

Yesterday’s “I voted” sticker is today’s ballot selfie. But some voters last fall found out Illinois makes it illegal to take a selfie with your ballot. Lawmakers are trying to change that, inspired by the young people who simply wanted to share their fulfillment of their civic duty on social media.


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Google
March 30, 2017

Illinois Legislators Take Up Internet Privacy

The Illinois General Assembly is considering legislation meant to expand privacy rights on the Internet. Two of the bills cleared procedural hurdles Thursday in the House, but they both have powerful opponents. Democrats say it’s a needed corrective to what’s happening in Washington. President Trump is expected to undo privacy rules put in place at the end of the Obama administration.


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March 30, 2017

Police Dispatchers & Mental Health Awareness; Carbondale Eclipse; Jeremy McLellan Comedy

On The 21st: We learned how dispatchers in Illinois are being trained to respond to mental health crises. Plus, how is the city of Carbondale preparing to host tens of thousands for this summer’s eclipse? We also spoke with the founder of Caring Black Men of Decatur, and talked with a South Carolina comedian who does not shy away from hot-button issues.


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City of Decatur
March 30, 2017

Economy, Taxes, And Fees Among Debate Areas In Decatur Mayor’s Race

Decatur’s ability to attract business has become one of the main issues of debate before next week’s mayoral election. Challenger and longtime businessman John Phillips also contends recent hikes in property taxes and water and sewer fees are creating a burden for residents. Incumbent Julie Moore-Wolfe, a former city council member, has been in office since 2015, appointed after the passing of former mayor Mike McElroy.


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Wikipedia
March 29, 2017

SIU Looking At $30 Million In Budget Cuts

Illinois' budget impasse has prompted another "doomsday scenario" at Southern Illinois University – which could be voted on as early as next week. In a letter to the SIU system, President Randy Dunn outlined what he'll be asking from the Board of Trustees when they meet in Carbondale. The request includes declaration of a financial emergency.


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Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media
March 29, 2017

Agreement On School Funding Fizzles

School funding has been one of the most hotly debated issues in the statehouse, but in recent days, there’s been a glimmer of hope. A Democrat filed new funding plan, and a key Republican in the Illinois Senate appeared to endorse it, issuing a statement saying that he was “cautiously optimistic.”


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