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September 17, 2019 - News Local/State

A New Beginning For Climate Reporting

Could it be that the press, especially the US press, is finally waking up to the climate story?


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September 16, 2019 - News Local/State

IEPA ‘Listening Session’ On Coal Ash Rules Tuesday In Danville

Two sessions on Tuesday at Danville Area Community College will give local residents the chance to tell the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency what they want from new rules regulating coal ash, a toxic substance produced by coal-fired power plants.


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September 16, 2019 - News Local/State

How The Amish Live Uninsured But Stay Healthy

Holmes Co., Ohio, is a patchwork of farmland. Modest houses perch on sloping hills and laundry hangs from clothes lines, flapping in the wind. There are horses and buggies – some driven by farmers in straw hats, others by women with their hair covered in bonnets, babies on their laps. Holmes is one of the healthiest counties in Ohio. It’s also the least insured.


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September 14, 2019 - News Local/State

Last-Second Field Goal Lifts EMU Over Illinois 34-31

"A lot of people need to do a better job, including me," said Illinois coach Lovie Smith, following Eastern Michigan's impressive last-second 34-31 win over the Illini on Saturday at the State Farm Center.


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Urbana School District 116

September 14, 2019 - News Local/State

UPDATE: Urbana Police Say No Crime Occurred At Thomas Paine Elementary School

UPDATE on September 13, 2019: Urbana Police say they’ve found no evidence to support allegations of inappropriate contact between a staff member and a student at Thomas Paine Elementary School. The allegation that such an incident occurred during recess at the school playground came to light earlier this week and led to a hotline call to the state Department of Children and Family Services.


Charlie Wheeler began covering Illinois government five decades ago at the 1970 Constitutional Convention.

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September 13, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois Issues: Charlie Wheeler On The Past And Future Of Statehouse News

Charlie Wheeler has been covering Illinois government for 50 years. As he retires from leading the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield, he reflects on the decline of the Statehouse press corps, the threat that poses to democracy, and the rays of hope in non-profit news.


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