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August 31, 2018

VIDEO: Aretha Franklin Funeral

Detroit will celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin on Friday, August 31st at 10 a.m. EST. Over two dozen people -- including heads of state, a record mogul, and music legends of nearly every description -- will take the stage of the Greater Grace Temple to speak, sing and pray in honor of the gift that Franklin so readily shared with the world.


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August 31, 2018

Battling Drug Addiction: What Comes After Detox?

Getting off drugs is a challenge, and what comes after detox can be just as difficult. With the state’s growing opioid epidemic, many areas don’t have enough long-term treatment centers to meet the demand, but community groups in some parts of Illinois are stepping in to fill the gaps.


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August 31, 2018

There’s An Illegal Market For An Opioid Addiction Medication. Is That Such A Bad Thing?

Buprenorphine is one of just three federally approved medications to treat opioid addiction. It’s possible to misuse it because it’s an opioid itself — people snort or inject the medication to get high. And patients with prescriptions can sell or give it away, which is known as diversion. But addiction treatment professionals argue the problem of buprenorphine diversion is often misunderstood. The black market exists, in part, because addiction treatment can be hard to find, and the availability of the drug on the street can be helpful, they say.


Champaign Central High School.

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August 30, 2018

Negotiations Stall Between Unit 4 And Teachers Union

Contract negotiations between the Champaign Unit 4 school district and its teachers union have stalled. The Champaign Federation of Teachers requested a federal mediator to intervene in the bargaining process, and the district has agreed.


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August 30, 2018

Obama To Visit U of I, Receive Ethics In Government Award

Former President Barack Obama will visit the University of Illinois Urbana campus on Friday, Sept. 7, to receive the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government. The annual award from the U of I's Institute of Government and Public Affairs recognizes public officials who promote the highest standards of public service.


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August 30, 2018

Manar Hopes To Override Teacher Salary Veto

lllinois is in the grips of a severe teacher shortage, but late last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation to raise their wages. The bill would’ve ramped up the minimum salary to $40,000 by the year 2022. In a message explaining his veto, Rauner called that an “unfunded mandate.”


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