Gov. J.B. Pritzker hugged Rep. Robert Martwick after the Illinois House approved a a graduated income tax constitutional amendment earlier this year.

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October 09, 2019 - News Local/State

Survey Shows Significant Support For Graduated Income Tax

A broad majority of Illinois voters support major changes to the state income tax, favoring a system where the wealthy pay more. That’s according to new survey data from NPR Illinois and the University of Illinois Springfield.

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October 08, 2019 - The 21st Show

LGBTQ Workplace Rights U.S. Supreme Court Case; Native Americans’ Role In The Underground Railroad; Black Girl Genius Week

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether it’s legal to fire someone for being gay or transgender. Plus, Native Americans in the Midwest helped black men, women and children escape slavery through the Underground Railroad. We spoke about why that history is often overlooked. And, a Champaign-Urbana organization is celebrating its fifth annual Black Girl Genius Week through art, music and workshops.

Computer servers

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October 08, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois Offers Tax Breaks for Companies That Build Data Centers

The photos or videos you store in “the cloud” aren’t actually up in the air. They’re in computer systems housed in hundreds of vast buildings across the country. Illinois is now providing tax breaks for companies that build those centers in the hopes of attracting more of them.

Hollywood Casino Aurora.

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October 03, 2019 - News Local/State

Danville’s Mayor Has High Hopes For Casino Plans

The casino operator approved by the Danville City Council this week still has to obtain a state gaming license. But the mayor of Danville says once it’s built, the casino will be an economic boon.

Missouri resident Patricia Powers had no health insurance when she was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago.

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October 02, 2019 - News Local/State

State Border Splits Neighbors Into Medicaid Haves And Have-Nots

Patricia Powers went a few years without health insurance and was unable to afford regular doctor visits. So the Missouri resident, who lives near St. Louis, had no idea that cancerous tumors were silently growing in both of her breasts.

Jessica Sheridan, 27, was seven months pregnant when she found out Hansen Family Hospital was considering closing their labor and delivery unit.

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October 02, 2019 - News Local/State

Why Rural Hospitals Keep Closing Maternity Wards

Jessica Sheridan’s plan was to have her first daughter at the local hospital, five minutes from her house in Iowa Falls. But when she was seven months pregnant, that plan suddenly changed.

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