The Sangamon River at Allerton Park.
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May 19, 2017

Prairie Rivers Network Ready To Mark 50 Years, Sees Its Role As Important As Ever

On Sunday (May 21), the Champaign-based Prairie Rivers Network will mark its 50th anniversary, with an afternoon of events at Allerton Park, near Monticello.

Spokesman Jeff Kohmstedt said the Champaign-based environmental group believes its work is increasingly important, as President Donald Trump’s administration promises to cut back Environmental Protection Agency oversight.


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May 19, 2017

Mass Transit Use Correlates With Obesity Rates

Riding the bus could help you lose weight, or at least that's what some of the data shows. University of Illinois professor of computer science Sheldon Jacobson pulled publicly available county health and transportation records to see if there was a correlation between mass transit use and obesity.


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Illinois High School Association
May 19, 2017

IHSA Wins Illinois Supreme Court FOIA Case

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday the Illinois High School Association, which organizes sports tournaments between high schools, does not have to release internal records. The Better Government Association brought the suit.


State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill)
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May 17, 2017

IL Senate Passes Democrats’ School Funding Reform Bill, While GOP Cries Foul

The Illinois Senate approved legislation Wednesday aimed at eliminating the disparity in spending between affluent school districts and those serving poorer communities. Senate Bill 1 is sponsored by Democratic State Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill, who has tried several times to get education funding reform through the legislature.


Illinois Senate chamber.
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May 17, 2017

State Senate Begins Voting On ‘Grand Bargain’

There were mixed results Wednesday in Springfield, when Illinois Senate Democrats went ahead with voting on the so-called “grand bargain”. It's been widely seen as the best hope for ending Illinois' nearly two-year budget stalemate. 


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