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News Local/State - October 31, 2016

State Board Of Education Releases School Report Cards

School report cards released by the Illinois State Board of Education show little change from previous years. But the Illinois State Board of Education is trying to make the data more accessible. 

Tracy Abrams looks for fellow Illini Maverick Morgan during Sunday's exhibiton game against Washington Uiversity.

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News Local/State - October 31, 2016

Illinois Defeats Washington U. In Exhibition Men’s Basketball

The Illini men's basketball team defeated visiting Washington University of Saint Louis 82-75 in in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon at the State Farm Center in Champaign.

But victory came only after Illinois squandered a 29-point lead in the second half. 

Chicago Cubs fans cheer after Game 5 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs won 3-2 as the Indians lead the series 3-2.

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News Local/State - October 30, 2016

Cubs Hang On For 3-2 Win, Series Headed Back To Cleveland

Aroldis Chapman got eight outs for a pressure-packed save and the Chicago Cubs held off the Cleveland Indians 3-2 to force Game 6. It was Chicago's first World Series win at Wrigley Field since 1945.Game 6 is Tuesday night in Cleveland. Starter Jon Lester went six innings for the victory, and the Cubs got solo home run out of Kris Bryant in the three-run fourth inning.

Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis (22) celebrates after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 4 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Wrigley Field

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News Local/State - October 30, 2016

Cubs Fall 7-2 In World Series Game Four, Trail Three Games To One

The Cubs find themselves on the brink of elimination after losing to Cleveland 7-2 Saturday night. Corey Kluber beat the Cubs for a second time in four days while the Indians' Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis homered for Cleveland. John Lackey took the loss. Dexter Fowler hit a home run in the 8th for the Cubs.

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith looks at the scoreboard during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign

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News Local/State - October 29, 2016

Illini Drop Homecoming Game To Minnesota, 40-17

A pair of early Illinois turnovers and a short punt gave Minnesota the ball at the Illinois 49-, 20- and 9-yard lines, and the Gophers turned each into a touchdown on the way to a 40-17 win. The turnovers, Illinois coach Lovie Smith said, swung the game hard and early for Minnesota. "It's hard to win the football game when you start like that," Smith said. "Those turnovers put us in a hole."

Fans wait in front of the Wrigley Field marquee as they arrive before Game 3 of the  World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, in Chicago.

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News Local/State - October 29, 2016

Cubs Fall 1-0 In Return To Wrigley; Cleveland Takes 2-1 Series Lead

The Chicago Cubs are down two games to one in the World Series, dropping a 1-0 Game 3 in the World Series Friday night. The Cubs had runners on second and third in the ninth before Javier Baez struck out to end the game. Manager Joe Maddon says the Cubs chased some balls they shouldn't have. It was the first World Series game at Wrigley Field in 71 years.

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News Local/State - October 28, 2016

Illinois Issues: Legislative Races To Watch

The presidential race is capturing most voters' attention. But here in Illinois, there's record-breaking spending going into races for the General Assembly. Hanging in the balance is the state of Illinois, or at least its budget, anyway.

Edward Feser, interim provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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News Local/State - October 28, 2016

UI Provost Delivers Cold, Hard Facts

University of Illinois Urbana campus interim provost Edward Feser talks about the financial difficulties facing the university due to the state's budget impasse, in an interview with Illinois Public Radio Education Desk reporter Dusty Rhodes.

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News Local/State - October 28, 2016

The History Behind ‘Go Cubs Go’

As enthusiasm for the Chicago Cubs run to the World Series has roared across the country, so has the ubiquitousness of the Cubs theme song penned by the late Steve Goodman. But there's an interesting backstory to how it became the team's official theme song.  

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