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January 18, 2018

A Bad Flu Season; Rep. Cheri Bustos; Political Newcomer Marie Newman; Renting From The Field Museum

On The 21st: We check in with Representative Cheri Bustos about the possibility of a government shutdown, and learn why two powerful House Democrats endorsed someone who has never run for office before in the Chicago suburbs. Plus, did you know you could rent fossils and other artifacts from the Field Museum? But first, why this year's flu season is especially bad - and how you can cope with it.

Parkland College in Champaign
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January 18, 2018

Parkland Trustees Approve New Solar Energy Array

Parkland College is expanding its use of solar power. At their regular monthly meeting on Jaunary 17, the board of trustees approved a 25-year contract to install an eight-acre array of solar panels on the campus.

Classroom featuring Illinois flag and world globe.
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January 17, 2018

Lawmakers Demand Fast Internet For Rural Schools

New legislation tries to address the plight of nearly 90,000 students in schools across Illinois, who do not have access to high-speed internet. The lack of access prevents from participating in modern classroom activities like taking online tests or classes and browsing the internet.

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