Champaign County LIHEAP Program Manager Dawn Rear.

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August 31, 2017 - News Local/State

Illinois LIHEAP Program Starting One Month Later This Year

The people who run LIHEAP for Champaign County plan to come to work early on the morning of Friday, September 1st, to greet first-day applicants for the program that helps low-income households with their home heating bills. But all they can tell applicants is: come back in thirty days.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

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August 31, 2017 - The 21st Show

State Senators Discuss School Funding Bill; Jaggery; Baby Pigs And The Microbiome

On the 21st: We discussed Illinois' school funding bill with two of its chief sponsors: Republican State Sen. Jason Barickman and Democratic State Sen. Kimberly Lightford. Plus, we spoke to the editor-in-chief of the online literary journal Jaggery and talked to two University of Illinois researchers about what their work studying baby pigs means for our understanding of the human microbiome.

The Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, is northeast of Houston. The company says it received reports of two explosions at the plant in the early hours of Thursday, Aug. 31.

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August 31, 2017 - News Local/State

Explosions Reported At Flooded Arkema Chemical Plant In Crosby, Texas

The Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, was the site of a fire and chemical releases Thursday, confirming worries about volatile organic peroxides that had forced the evacuation of the surrounding community over fears that they could explode.

NIU Student Yosue Perez.

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August 31, 2017 - News Local/State

NIU Student Creates Website Linking Immigrants To Healthcare Facilities

A Northern Illinois University student created a website that maps out Illinois health care providers for immigrants, regardless of their status. Yosue Perez, an accounting major from Hanover Park, completed the project through the school's Summer Research Opportunities Program.

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith watches during a 2016 win over Murray State at Memorial Stadium

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August 30, 2017 - News Local/State

Harvey Hits Home To Lovie Smith

U of I football head coach Lovie Smith is concerned for his family as Hurricane Harvey devastates Texas.

Gov. Bruce Rauner at Ball Charter School in Springfield

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August 30, 2017 - News Local/State

How Much Credit Should Rauner Get For School Funding?

Gov. Bruce Rauner took,a sort of victory lap Wednesday, visiting a Catholic school, a traditional public school and a charter school to celebrate the Illinois General Assembly's approval of a historic school funding overhaul.

YouthBuild Rockford 2017 graduates

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August 30, 2017 - The 21st Show

YouthBuild Illinois Receives Federal Funding For At-Risk Youth; Women Of Color In Science

On the 21st: A new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor is sending millions of dollars to Illinois to strengthen job programs for at-risk youth. We speak with Sen. Dick Durbin about the importance of these kinds of job programs and check in with two of the organizations that have received funding. Plus, we talked to one of the authors of a new research study revealing how women of color in the field of astronomy face higher levels of harassment and hostile workplace experiences.

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