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August 17, 2018

Taste of Champaign-Urbana Kicks Off Friday

For nearly half a century, the Taste of Champaign-Urbana festival has showcased local art, music and food. The event will take place this weekend at West Side Park in Champaign, and organizers say this year will be one of the busiest yet.

Decatur resident Brandy O'Connor at home with her son, Mark Bolen, 10. Mark has cerebral palsy and O'Connor said she has struggled to find a childcare facility willing and able to care for him.

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August 16, 2018

Illinois Families, Kids With Disabilities Suffer Without Childcare

According to a new study from the University of Nevada, nearly 70 percent of surveyed childcare professionals in the state indicated they have at least some difficulty caring for infants and toddlers with disabilities. A lack of childcare providers willing to accept children with both social, emotional and physical special needs is a common problem for families in Illinois. 

Aretha Franklin performs at the national Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Washington, D.C., in 2013. Franklin died on Thursday in Detroit.

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August 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin Was America’s Truest Voice

Aretha Franklin's voice is the voice of America. No other contemporary artist embodied the nation's brash optimism with as much flair, nor exemplified its sorrow-forged resilience as convincingly. No one better expressed American joy. Her murmurs gave shape to a sensuality that defeated repressive moral codes and replaced them with the commandments of tenderness, of sweet bitter love. Her high notes made hope happen. When she sang, we remembered that we could walk on the moon.

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