Veterans Administration hospitals in the Chicago area, left, and Madison, Wis., are two of three such facilities that provide service to veterans living in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

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News Local/State - June 02, 2017

Regional VA Hospitals Adapt To Veterans Choice Program

Some of the key participants in the Choice Program are regional hospitals. We continue our examination of this program by talking with managers and administrators at two facilities serving veterans in northern Illinois.

State capitol in Springfield.

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News Local/State - June 02, 2017

Budget Failure Leads To Credit Downgrades

A day after the Illinois General Assembly ended its spring session without passing a budget, two bond rating agencies have downgraded the state’s credit.

House Speaker Michael Madigan, left, speaks with reporters on Wednesday.

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The 21st Show - June 01, 2017

How Illinois’s Budget Impasse Affects Schools, Businesses, Social Services; DCFS Director Resigns

On the 21st: Illinois legislators ended yesterday’s final scheduled session without approving crucial state funding. We heard from listeners and spoke with stakeholders. Plus, the director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services announced he's stepping down, amidst an ongoing ethics probe and following several recent deaths of children whose homes were being investigated.

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