Sherman Hall on the campus of Western Illinois University at Macomb.

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News Local/State - May 10, 2016

Unionized Faculty at Western Agree to Pay Cut

Members of the University Professionals of Illinois chapter at Western Illinois University voted overwhelmingly to defer 3% of their compensation for the next two years. They also agreed to pass up a negotiated 1% salary increase.

Michael Chrzastowski teaches his first class in his series, Gaining a Christian Understanding of the Qur’an, at entered First Presbyterian Church in Champaign, IL.

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Longer Listen - May 10, 2016

Interfaith Class Seeks Deeper Understanding of Islam

Michael Chrzastowski worked for years as a geologist at the University of Illinois. Instead of retirement, however, he decided to pursue a second career in religion. Now, the Lutheran helps Christians better understand Islam. 

Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus

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News Local/State - May 09, 2016

U Of I’s Budget Plan To Include FY 2015 Figure From State

State law requires the University of Illinois to submit a budget by the end of the fiscal year.  But it's not clear what's coming from the state, if anything, due to the budget impasse.  In a U of I Trustees committee meeting Monday, Chief Financial Officer Walter Knorr said the school will rely on its fiscal 2015 figure when submitting its budget plan for FY 2017. 

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The 21st Show - May 09, 2016

Prison Phone Calls; E-Cigarettes; Political Roundup

On The 21st: Calls from prison are expensive and unregulated; what's going on in Springfield to change that? Also, new FDA regulations on e-cigarettes and the latest in Illinois politics.

A United States map showing redistricting methods by state

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News Local/State - May 07, 2016

Redistricting Initiative Takes Next Step Toward November Ballot

A citizens' group working to change how Illinois draws legislative districts turned in nearly double of the number of signatures required to put the proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot.  The group's chairman says the change would increase voter turnout and encourage more competitive elections.

Governor Rauner greets supporters at Nord's Outdoor Power in Bloomington

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News Local/State - May 06, 2016

Rauner Pushes Workers’ Comp Reform In Bloomington

Governor Bruce Rauner has taken his turnaround agenda campaign to Bloomington, calling for workers comp reform to save Caterpillar jobs that are moving to Arizona. He also repeatedly avoided answering questions about him not endorsing apparent GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Exelon's Clinton nuclear power station.

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News Local/State - May 06, 2016

Utilities Try Again For Legislation To Save Clinton Plant

In a new effort to counter losses at two of its Illinois nuclear plants, Exelon is proposing new legislation to offer incentives to those plants plus solar and wind energy producers.

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