Classroom featuring Illinois flag and world globe.
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January 17, 2018

Lawmakers Demand Fast Internet For Rural Schools

New legislation tries to address the plight of nearly 90,000 students in schools across Illinois, who do not have access to high-speed internet. The lack of access prevents from participating in modern classroom activities like taking online tests or classes and browsing the internet.

Prison bars.
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January 17, 2018

Rauner Signs Law To Help Women Behind Bars

Flanked by inmates at the all-female Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation to create a women-specific division within the Department of Corrections. 

January 16, 2018

‘Passive Houses’; Hunger In Cold Weather; Twitter And Hate Speech; Astrophysicist Wins Award

On The 21st: 'Passive houses' are insulated eco-friendly homes which need almost no heat or airconditioning -- and in the U.S., they started in Urbana. We also speak with the executive director of the Rock River Valley Pantry about how the freezing weather affects people who need their services. Plus, we hear about how Twitter is handling hate speech, and talk to a Northwestern astrophysicist about black holes and how she first got started in astrophysics.

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