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The 21st Show - May 19, 2016

Job Outlook For Grads; What’s With The Gnats?

On The 21st: We talked with economists and millennials about the job outlook of recent graduates. We also talked with an entomologist with University of Illinois Extension about why cleaner water is bringing more gnats to Illinois.

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News Local/State - May 19, 2016

Academy High Makes Its Case To Parents

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 150 people attended a meeting at the I-Hotel in Champaign to learn more about a possible new private high school.  Organizers say that Academy High would hold classes in the University of Illinois Research Park starting with the 2017-18 school year.

Union supporters rally against Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's calls to change collective bargaining policies, in front of the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. The march is organized by a coalition of

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News Local/State - May 18, 2016

Thousands Protest Rauner’s Call To Change Labor Laws

On Wednesday, about 8,000 union supporters rallied at the Illinois Capitol to protest Gov. Bruce Rauner's calls to change collective bargaining policies. A coalition of labor groups marched by the governor's
mansion on their way to the Capitol.  Both Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton took the stage.

Illinois' Kendrick Nunn (25) and Malcolm Hill (21) walk off the court after the team's 69-60 loss to Wisconsin basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Madison, Wis.

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News Local/State - May 18, 2016

Illinois’ Nunn Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor, Gets Probation

Illinois basketball junior guard Kendrick Nunn pleaded guilty to a mismeanor charge of battery, and could eventually see his record cleared. He was sentenced to 18 months unsupervised probation and 100 hours of community service.

Demonstrators marched outside the office of State Representative Norine Hammond in Macomb, demanding she vote to fully fund higher education.

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News Local/State - May 18, 2016

School Year Ends But Cash Needs Continue at WIU

About 50 faculty, staff and students from Western Illinois University gathered with community members Monday in Macomb for a demonstration to call for full state funding of higher education.

Hygienist, Linda Rowe, brushes a patient's teeth.

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News Local/State - May 18, 2016

Nursing Home Patients Lack Dental Care

A Quad Cities dental hygienist says failure to keep up with dental care can have devastating consequences for residents of nursing homes.

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks to lawmakers while on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Springfield.

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News Local/State - May 17, 2016

Mixed Reviews For Latest Talks On Illinois Budget Standoff

Mixed messages came out of a meeting Tuesday between Illinois' governor and legislative leaders.  It was their first meeting in months - even as Illinois is in the midst of an unprecedented budget standoff.

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The 21st Show - May 17, 2016

Solar Power In Illinois; STEM Mentorship Program

On the 21st: The solar panels on one man's Champaign home generate enough electricity for the house and the cars - and feed the grid. Illinois towns and residents are turning toward the sun for power and we talked about howmuch they are saving. Also, a STEM mentorship program helps high school students from across the state get connected with mentors in academia and industry.

U of I faculty member John Bambenek, a former Illinois Senate candidate and Champaign School Board member

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News Local/State - May 17, 2016

U Of I Professors Protest Gov. Rauner’s IBHE Nomination

Some faculty aren't happy with the appointment of former Republican Senate candidate and Champaign Unit 4 School Board member John Bambenek to the Illinois Board of Higher Education.  Members of the Urbana campus Senate Executive Committee are drafting a letter protesting the nomination to the Rauner administration.

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