Evangelist Billy Graham speaks during in 2005 in the Queens, N.Y. Graham was one of the most influential religious figures of the 20th century. Scholars say his death marks the end of a historical era, in which one person could unify Protestant Chris
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February 21, 2018

‘America’s Pastor’ Billy Graham Dies At 99

Billy Graham, the most famous minister of his era, died Wednesday at his home in Montreat, N.C., spokesman Todd Shearer tells NPR. In his 99 years, Graham changed the face of evangelical Christianity in America.


Tom Berns.
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February 20, 2018

Engineer, Former State Lawmaker, Tom Berns Dies At Age 72

Friends of former state representative Tom Berns say his one term in the Illinois House was only a small part of his public service.

Berns, who died Monday at age 72, was elected to the Illinois House 104th District in 2000, succeeding Republican Tim Johnson, who left to serve in the U.S. House. 


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February 20, 2018

Despite Law, ‘Planned Abandonment’ Persists As Last Resort For Troubled Families

A law passed in 2014 was supposed to ensure Illinois families no longer have to give up custody of their children in order to get them necessary mental health treatment. Even so, for years families with no other options have been forced to abandon their children to get them the help they need, and legislators say state agencies are to blame.


Gov. Bruce Rauner ran TV ads touting Illinois school funding reform law, but his proposed budget would alter the model lawmakers approved.
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February 15, 2018

Old Idea Could Change School Funding Dollars

One of the biggest changes Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed in today's budget address is making local school districts bear the costs of teacher pensions. The idea has been kicked around by both parties for years, most recently in Rauner’s bipartisan, bicameral school funding reform commission.


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