President Trump flanked by Sens. Susan Collins, of Maine, (L) and Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, (R) as GOP senators meet with Trump to discuss the health care bill at the White House on June 27, 2017.

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News Local/State - July 29, 2017

For Some, GOP Women Deserve Slow Clap Ending After Killing ‘Skinny Repeal’ Bill

For those who've opposed every Republican version of a plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a fully fleshed out one to put in its place, early Friday morning was the culmination of months of opposition by moderate Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

Champaign County seal, displayed in the Champaign County Boardroom.

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News Local/State - July 28, 2017

Champaign County Officials: Don’t Lay Off Staff To Fund Nursing Home

Champaign County public officials want the County Board to sell the county nursing home soon so other county services can continue without staff layoffs. All nine county-wide elected officials jointly signed a statement Thursday calling on the Champaign County Board to sell the nursing home “as soon as practicable to a reasonable buyer.” 

Reince Priebus

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News Local/State - July 28, 2017

Trump Chief Of Staff Priebus Is Out — In Biggest White House Staff Shake-Up Yet

He rose from relative state-party obscurity and reached an unlikely pinnacle as the man responsible for the agenda of the president of the United States. Now, Reince Priebus is out of that job as White House chief of staff in the most significant shake-up of the rocky Trump presidency. President Trump announced on Twitter on Friday that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has been named as Priebus' replacement.

Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles, speaks at a news conference accompanied by Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, right, and Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Springfield, Ill.

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News Local/State - July 28, 2017

Barickman Walks Back Comments On SB1 Negotiations

State Senator Jason Barickman is walking back comments he made in a press conference Thursday regarding negotiations over Senate Bill 1, the K-12 school funding bill.

A diagram showing staffers how to build their own school funding simulations.

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News Local/State - July 27, 2017

ISBE Supplied Staffers DIY School Funding Simulator

Gov. Bruce Rauner has launched a website to show that most school districts stand to gain more state funding under his plan than under the Democrats' plan. How he calculated those numbers is a question reporters have asked repeatedly. We turned to the state board of education for answers.

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