Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki resigns

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May 30, 2014 - News Local/State

VA Sec. Shinseki Resigns

Embattled Department of Veterans Affairs head Eric Shinseki has resigned his position, hours after saying he would work to fix "systemic" problems in the VA's health care system.

Graduation caps.

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May 30, 2014 - News Local/State

High School Graduation Rates Up, Some Students Still Behind

May marks the anniversary of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, which outlawed “separate but equal” policies in public schools. But, 60 years later there are still concerns over equal opportunities for all students. 

Officials of UC2B and iTV-3 at news conference announcing their partnership.

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May 30, 2014 - News Local/State

Private Partner to Build Out UC2B Broadband System

Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband, or UC2B, announced a partnership Thursday with iTV-3 to provide its high-speed broadband service to homes and businesses in Champaign-Urbana.

Gig. U Executive Director Blair Levin

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May 30, 2014 - News Local/State

Telecom Atty Blair Levin on Expanding High-Speed Broadband

When UC2B announced Thursday that it had found a private partner for the expansion of its high-speed broadband service, telecom lawyer Blair Levin was there.

Levin is an expert on high-speed broadband, having directed work on the FCC’s 2010 National Broadband Plan.

He’s currently executive director of Gig. U, a consortium of research universities -- including the University of Illinois - formed to promote the development of faster and more powerful data networks in the U. S.

America is not a leader when it comes to Internet performance. Some 30 countries have faster average download speeds.

But Levin says American telecom companies are showing greater interest in investing in high-speed broadband networks - as he explained in this interview with Illinois Public Media’s Jim Meadows.

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