The Illinois statehouse.

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May 30, 2017

House Democrats Divided Over Taxes

Illinois Democrats remain divided over how to address the state’s financial crisis. House Democrats are trying to decide whether to follow the lead of their counterparts in the Senate, who voted last week to to raise income taxes and expand the sales tax.

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May 30, 2017

Even With State Budget For Schools, Local Districts ‘Categorically’ Underfunded

All though Illinois’ budget impasse, one part of the budget has continued --- state funding for public schools.

But local school officials complain the school budget does not include so-called “categoricals”. That’s state funding for certain designated purposes, like school bus programs and Special Education personnel.

Cpl. Frank Scott and Pfc. James O'Brien on Sept. 28, 1912. Scott Field was named for Scott, the first enlisted service member killed in an aviation crash.

Scott Air Force Base

May 29, 2017

Scott Air Force Base Celebrates 100 Years

Scott Air Force Base near Belleville is celebrating its 100th anniversary. It was founded in 1917 as Scott Field, named after Cpl. Frank Scott, the first enlisted member of the U.S. armed forces to lose his life in an aviation accident. 

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