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A diagram showing staffers how to build their own school funding simulations.
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ISBE Supplied Staffers DIY School Funding Simulator

Gov. Bruce Rauner has launched a website to show that most school districts stand to gain more state funding under his plan than under the Democrats' plan. How he calculated those numbers is a question reporters have asked repeatedly. We turned to the state board of education for answers.

Nurse "Bizz" Grimes tries to nail out prior authorization snags for pregnant mothers. "This has become a battle, and I'm going to win."
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Moms-To-Be With Addiction Face Obstacles At Every Turn

Nurse Catherine “Bizz” Grimes moves like her name sounds: at a frenetic pace. She darts across the hall from the prenatal diagnosis clinic at Indiana University Health University Hospital in Indianapolis, sits down at her cubicle, puts on her headset over curly white blonde hair and starts dialing.

St. Rep. Will Davis (D-Homewood).
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School Funding Special Session Keeps Legislators & Gov. At Odds

After the first day of a special session on education, Democratic lawmakers and the Republican Governor Bruce Rauner appear no closer to resolving the dispute that could hold up money for school districts. Rauner continues to demand Democrats send him the funding plan so he can change it and remove additional money for Chicago teacher pensions.

President Trump's tweets reverse a year-old policy set under the Obama administration.
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Trump Says Transgender People Can’t Serve In Military

President Trump has announced that the government will not allow transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, a year after the Pentagon lifted its ban on transgender service members.