Gov. Bruce Rauner is joined by Republican Senators at Middletown Prairie Elementary School in Mahomet on June 1, 2016.

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News Local/State - March 07, 2017

Rauner: Illinois ‘Won’t Do Well’ Under House GOP Health Plan

Illinois' Republican governor says he is "very concerned'' that the state's residents might be "left in the lurch'' under the health care plan proposed by congressional Republicans. Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday he is talking with his fellow GOP governors and members of Congress on ideas for changing the proposal.

The 21st Show - March 07, 2017

Trying To Fool Facebook; Dakota Access Pipeline; Walking For Charity

On the 21st: What does Facebook do with all the information it collects from our news feeds, and why does it matter? Plus, we learn more about Illinois' role in the Dakota Access Pipeline and talk with an 86-year-old man from Princeville who has walked hundreds of miles for charity.

NPR Staff give context to tweets from President Trump.

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News Local/State - March 07, 2017

President Trump’s Tweets, Annotated

President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context. Here, we attempt to do just that for key tweets.

Icy water

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News Local/State - March 07, 2017

Illinois Issues: The Real Chilling Effect Of A Property Tax Freeze

At first blush, Gov. Bruce Rauner's property tax freeze seems like a great idea. What homeowner wouldn't want to know the next tax bill will never, ever be larger than the last one? But, Charlie Wheeler says there are serious consequences to the governor's proposal.

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News Local/State - March 07, 2017

Dentists Want An Exit From State Worker Insurance

Dr. Ronald Lynch runs a family dentistry in Jacksonville. He says approximately 20 percent of his patients are state workers. Because Illinois is still running with no budget, the state has not been paying its employees’ health bills on time — and the delays are growing.

Candidates for Parkland College's Board of Trustees gather in the Student Union cafeteria for Monday's debate.

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News Local/State - March 07, 2017

State Budget Impasse Dominates Talk At Parkland Trustees Debate

Some of the candidates seeking seats on the Parkland College Board of Trustees admit further budget cuts may have to be considered amid a nearly two-year state budget impasse. Tuition hikes, the future of Parkland's sports programs, and the viability of having some four-year degree programs were also among the topics discussed among the community college's ten Board of Trustees candidates Monday night. 

Students during Unofficial St. Patrick's Day in 2009.

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News Local/State - March 06, 2017

Town-Gown Committee Continues Efforts To Control ‘Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day’

The chair of a committee set up to deal with Unofficial Saint Patrick’s Day at the University of Illinois Urbana campus says he cannot be certain that the death of a student was definitely due to the unsanctioned event. Dean of Students Kenneth Ballom says the very nature of 'Unofficial' as a de-centralized, unorganized event makes it hard to be sure that the fatal fall of Jonathan Morales from a Champaign apartment balcony was truly a part of it.

District 13 protest

Elizabeth Jassin and Mike O'Neill

The 21st Show - March 06, 2017

Washington Lawmakers’ Obligations; Affordable Care Act; Illinois Politics; MLB Changes

On the 21st: What are the legal obligations Washington lawmakers have to their constituents? Plus, with all the discussion about repealing the Affordable Care Act, we discuss what this would mean for people in Illinois. We also check in with Peoria Journal Star’s Chris Kaergard and the AP’s John O’Connor for the latest in Illinois politics, and discuss recent changes to major league baseball with WBEZ sports reporter Cheryl Raye Stout.

Image of tornado hitting a structure Southwest of Homer.

Jeff Frame

News Local/State - March 06, 2017

National Weather Service Looking For Severe Weather Spotters

It’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois.  The state saw its first round of severe weather last week when tornadoes killed three people.  The National Weather Service is looking for severe weather spotters to help give people advance warning of severe weather.

President Donald Trump waves as he arrives at the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 5, 2017, from a trip to Florida.

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News Local/State - March 06, 2017

Trump Signs New Order Blocking Arrivals From 6 Majority-Muslim Countries

President Donald Trump has signed a revised travel ban that temporarily halts entry to the U.S. for people from six Muslim-majority nations who are seeking new visas. It also suspends the country's refugee program. That's according to White House spokesman Michael Short, who says the signing was done privately. The new directive aims to address legal issues with the original order, which caused confusion at airports, sparked protests around the country and was ultimately blocked by federal courts.

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