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News Local/State - May 31, 2017

79 Losing Jobs At Southern Illinois University As School Cuts Spending

Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is laying off 53 people and will not renew the contracts of another 26 employees as it tries to cut $19 million dollars in spending, spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith said Wednesday.

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News Local/State - May 31, 2017

Illinois House Abandons Plans To Vote On Budget In May

The Illinois General Assembly is once again ending it’s annual legislative session without passing a budget, a move that Gov. Bruce Rauner calls a "dereliction of duty". 

Nearly three-dozen activists were arrested during a sit-in Tuesday night at the Illinois State Capitol.

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The 21st Show - May 31, 2017

Day 700 Without A Budget; Turning Down A Dream School; NEIU Announces Layoffs

On the 21st: Today is the last scheduled day for state lawmakers and the 700th day without a state budget. We spoke with Civic Federation President Laurence Msall on what an ideal state budget proposal would look like. We also spoke with faculty and a student from Northeastern Illinois University about 180 layoffs that will begin this summer. 

A protester being arrested at the Illinois state capitol on Tuesday evening

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News Local/State - May 31, 2017

34 People Arrested At Illinois State Capitol Demonstration

Nearly three-dozen activists were arrested during a sit-in last night at the Illinois State Capitol. Their goal: get lawmakers to pass a so called “People and Planet First Budget” — taxing the wealthy to pay for universal health care and free tuition at public universities.

State Rep. Lou Lang, at podium, and other members of the Illinois House Democratic leadership team.

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News Local/State - May 31, 2017

House Dem On Budget: ‘We Can’t Do It On Our Own’

Wednesday is the last day of the Illinois General Assembly's annual legislative session. It also happens to mark 700 days since Illinois last had a real budget. Majority Democrats still aren’t saying whether they plan to do anything about that.

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News Local/State - May 31, 2017

Governor Kills 911 Legislation Supported by Chicago

Emergency dispatchers, phone companies, and lawmakers from both parties were in agreement. The fee on cell phone bills needed to increase — to keep 911 services going and to add new technology mandated by Illinois.

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