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News Local/State - September 27, 2018

Democrats Pull Out Of Forum Due To News-Gazette “#MeToo” Cartoon

Champaign County Democrats have pulled out of a county board candidates’ forum co-sponsored by the News-Gazette. It’s their response to an editorial cartoon printed in the newspaper on Tuesday, which Democrats say excuses sexual assault and depicts supporters of the “Me Too” movement as “humorless scolds”.

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The 21st Show - September 26, 2018

Talking Food, Farming And SNAP At The Champaign Farmers’ Market

On the 21st: We visited the Champaign Farmers' market and talked to vendors who shared their ideas about what it means to eat local here in Central Illinois. Plus, we discuss how the market is working to make produce available to people of all income levels through the SNAP program. And, our Farm Bill is set to expire Sept. 30. What might that mean for the programs it covers?

State Rep. Carol Ammons, Democrat, of Champaign.

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News Local/State - September 26, 2018

Report: Elect Women, Change Campaign Culture To End Abuse

Illinois' political parties can make a leap toward eliminating sexual harassment and bolstering gender equity by electing women to half of all political offices in the state, according to a report released Wednesday by a panel of women in state government.

little boy

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News Local/State - September 26, 2018

When Insurers Deny Mental Health Coverage, Families In Crisis Struggle Even More

Dozens of children a year enter state custody when parents run out of options for getting them the mental health care they need. Fundamentally this issue of who pays for mental health treatment comes down to a law that requires insurance companies to cover mental health care at the same level as other medical conditions.

The federal courthouse in Urbana, Illinois.

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News Local/State - September 25, 2018

Youngest “White Rabbits” Militia Defendant Pleads Guilty

One of the four Ford County residents accused of committing crimes to support a private militia group changed his plea to ‘guilty’ in federal court in Urbana Tuesday. Ellis “EJ” Mack has agreed to cooperate with authorities.

Vishesh Anand/Illinois Public Media

The 21st Show - September 25, 2018

Live From Research Park At The University of Illinois

On the 21st: We're live from EnterpriseWorks at the University of Illinois’ Research Park, home to tech startups and businesses. We spoke to student entrepreneurs and community members about startups, and what it takes to attract talent to this college town. And we also talked to people trying to push the envelope on cycling and public transit in Champaign-Urbana.

SBA Administrator Linda McMahon speaks with reporters after a tour of startup companies housed at EnterpriseWorks at the University of Illinois Research Park.

Anna Casey/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - September 25, 2018

SBA Administrator Addresses Immigration Questions During Resarch Park Tour

Trump administration cabinet member Linda McMahon toured EnterpriseWorks, the University of Illinois’ technology and science startup incubator, Thursday morning. The Small Business Administration head addressed questions about the administration's immigration policy, including the accessibility of visas for international entrepreneurs.

Melody Benjamin works as a personal assistant for her mother Mae Benjamin.

Courtesy of Melody Benjamin

News Local/State - September 25, 2018

Illinois Issues: The Janus Effect - Will African-American Women Pay?

Some experts say black women could feel financial pain if union membership declines as a result of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, which decreed that public sector unions can no longer force workers they represent to pay fees in lieu of union dues. But conservative groups are cheering Janus v. AFSCME as a victory for workers’ free speech rights.

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