Campaign signs cover the lawn outside the Brookens Administrative Center in Urbana.

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News Local/State - April 05, 2017

Municipal Election Roundup

The Champaign County village of Savoy has a new village president for the first time since 1989. That's one of many area races decided in Tuesday's Illinois municipal election.

Diane Marlin celebrates her victory with supporters at Pizza M in Urbana.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - April 04, 2017

Marlin Wins Urbana Mayor’s Race

Democratic Alderwoman Diane Marlin will be Urbana’s next mayor after netting more than 42-hundred votes Tuesday. Republican opponent Rex Bradfield finished with 680. Marlin will be sworn into office on May 1.

Members of the Black United Front unfurl a banner at a University of Illinois trustees meeting on March 15, 2017.

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The 21st Show - April 04, 2017

Project 1000; New Central Illinois Health Clinic; In Studio: Jupiter String Quartet

On the 21st: We spoke with two students from Black United Front UIUC, a group that is urging the University of Illinois to recruit more black students and provide better resources. Plus, we learned about a new health clinic that aims to increase access to affordable medical and dental care in central Illinois, and we were joined in studio by the Jupiter String Quartet for a preview of their upcoming performance in Urbana. 

Ameya Pawar attended an immigrant rights rally in Peoria on Sunday. He says his parents emigrated from colonial India to escape poverty.

Cass Herrington/Peoria Public Radio

News Local/State - April 04, 2017

Pawar Touts Roosevelt-esque ‘New Deal’ For Illinois

A self-described “underdog” in the race for Illinois governor says he already has a plan to address the state’s ailing economy. Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is one of six contenders for the Democratic bid for governor in 2018. Pawar says he strongly favors a progressive tax structure -- meaning, higher taxes on the wealthy.

The U.S. Supreme Court building

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News Local/State - April 04, 2017

Illinois Issues: This State’s Abortion Debate

With Democrats in firm control of the Illinois General Assembly, abortion rights might seem to be safe in the state. But what would happen if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortion legal across the country in 1973? Abortion-rights supporters worry that an Illinois statute from 1975 could act as a “trigger law,” automatically banning abortions in the state.

Champaign County Nursing Home

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News Local/State - April 03, 2017

Voting Day: Guide To Area Elections

Voters across Illinois head to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots in races that include mayors and village presidents, tax measures, school board members and other questions.

In recent weeks, Illinois Public Media reporters have covered the issues, interviewed the candidates and explained what's at stake in many area elections. On election day, here's your guide to what's on some of the ballots. 

Classroom

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News Local/State - April 03, 2017

Rantoul HS Among Ten Participating in State Pilot Program

Rantoul Township High School District 193 is among ten of them in the state taking part in a pilot program using competency-based learning. The idea is to advance students based on their mastery of skills and knowledge in a particular subject — instead of how much time they spend on the subject in the classroom.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton

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News Local/State - April 03, 2017

Illinois Senate Leader Touts Bill To Protect Immigrants

The Illinois Senate's leader is promoting legislation he says will protect immigrants from Trump administration actions. Several immigrant and anti-crime groups and labor unions joined Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago on Monday to unveil legislation he calls the TRUST act. It would bar law enforcement agencies in Illinois from helping in immigration actions unless federal authorities present a warrant from a judge.

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