Veterans Administration hospitals in the Chicago area, left, and Madison, Wis.

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May 30, 2017 - The 21st Show

Veterans Choice Program; Illinois Hate Crimes Bill; Politics: Still No State Budget

On the 21st: We learned about how a program aimed at reducing wait times for veterans needing medical care has experienced mixed results in Illinois. Plus, we talked with lawmakers behind a bill aimed at reducing hate crimes in Illinois and got an update on state politics with reporters from across the state.

The Illinois statehouse.

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May 30, 2017 - News Local/State

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 - News Local/State

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.

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May 29, 2017 - News Local/State

Illinois Budget Fight Could Affect 2018 Elections

Officials with the Illinois State Board of Elections say the nearly two-year budget stalemate could interfere with preparations for next year’s election. The warning came at a legislative budget hearing Sunday afternoon.

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 - News Local/State

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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