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November 29, 2018

Illinois Ashes Tobacco Age Bill

The age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products in Illinois remains at 18, for now. The Illinois House of Representatives failed to override Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto on Wednesday with a vote of 62-45.


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November 28, 2018

Rivian At The LA Auto Show; Technology In The Classroom; Midwest Climate Change

On the 21st: Bloomington-Normal residents have wondered what Rivian will do ever since the company first moved to the area. And recently, the startup unveiled their plans to make electric pickup trucks. We’ll learn more about that and the state of the auto industry in the Midwest. Plus, students of all ages are using more technology in the classrooms than ever before, whether it’s laptops, tablets, or other devices. So how do teachers make sure that technology is helpful instead of distracting? But first, we’ll sit down with state climatologist Jim Angel to talk climate change in Illinois.


Giorgi Bezhanishvili attempts a hook shot versus Notre Dame, Tuesday in South Bend.

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November 28, 2018

Another Comeback Falls Short At The Buzzer For Illini Men

Notre Dame beat the Fighting Illini men's basketball team 76-74 last night in South Bend. For the second time in as many weeks, Trent Frazier had a chance to hit the game-winning shot. This time the ball went halfway through the basket before rolling off the rim.


J.B. Pritzker announces his 35-member team of education advisors.

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November 28, 2018

Pritzker Names Education Advisory Team

Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker Tuesday announced his seventh transition team. This one is charged with advising Pritzker on policies for all levels of education.


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November 27, 2018

Dolton, IL and Suburban Poverty; More Scientists In Congress; Starved Rock Expansion; E-Cigarettes

On The 21st: There’s been growing poverty in American suburbs for years. WBEZ and the Better Government Association have spent months talking to people in one of these communities - Dolton, Illinois. Plus, the next Congress will have seven new members with science backgrounds. We talk with current Representative Bill Foster and Congressman-elect Sean Casten about what this could mean for the next few years. Plus, Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks are expanding by more than 2,600 acres. What could that mean for visitors and for the land itself? And, with e-cigarette sales going up, what do we know about their health effects? 


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