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March 31, 2015 - News Local/State

Jobless Rates Fall In All Illinois Metro Areas

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment fell in every Illinois metro area in February. It was the 12th straight month of across-the-board improvement.


Jarling's Custard Cup on 309 W Kirby Ave, which closed its doors late Monday when inventory ran out.

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March 30, 2015 - News Local/State

Champaign’s Custard Cup Closes Its Doors

Doug and Christie Jarling announced on Sunday that Jarling's Custard Cup in Champaign would be closing as soon as inventory runs out.   That happened quickly Monday afternoon, with a 4 p.m. Facebook post.  Custard Cup will reopen when new owners can be trained.


Adalberto Martinez’s paid a $200 fine for lacking health insurance. But under the Affordable Care Act, he is exempt from the requirement to have health coverage, and from the penalty.

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March 30, 2015 - News Local/State

Obamacare Tax Rules Trip Some Immigrants

The deadline’s coming to file tax returns, and aside from the usual headache, this year it’s proving particularly thorny for undocumented immigrants. That’s because, for the first time, there are penalties under the Affordable Care Act for those lacking health insurance


Betsi and Tod Waldron with their daughter, Emily. This photo was taken after Betsi completed her treatment for breast cancer in 2013.

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March 30, 2015 - News Local/State

Couple Faces Cancer Again After Nearly Four Decades

Nearly forty years after Tod Waldron was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as freshman at the U of I, he says the most difficult part was talking about his cancer with his girlfriend (now wife), Betsi and his parents.“I was pretty nonchalant about it at the time, because I just didn’t know enough,” said Tod, “but my parents were from a generation that didn’t discuss cancer.


University of Illinois researcher working on cancer drugs in a lab

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March 30, 2015 - News Local/State

U of I Researchers Discover Cancer-Killing Drug

Chemistry professor Paul Hergenrother identified a molecule that appears to cause many cancer cells to self-destruct. This week marks the start of a clinical trial on the potential new drug that has shown promising results when tested on lab animals with cancer. If it is found to be safe and effective in humans, the new drug may improve prognoses for patients with the most aggressive forms of brain cancer and other forms of the disease.


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March 28, 2015 - News Local/State

Indiana Officials Look To Stem Religious Objections Fallout

As calls for a boycott of Indiana go viral, mayors of several Indiana cities say they are welcoming to all, and supporters of the new law say arguments that it allows discrimination are overblown.


Marvel Creative Director Bill Rosemann

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March 27, 2015 - Longer Listen

Marvel Creative Director: We’re Going to Shock And Amaze

There is something about superhero stories that make them so universal and popular. Bill Rosemann has a theory why. He is the creative director for Marvel, Marvel Games and Legendary comics. Rosemann visited the University of Illinois campus last week and talked with us about that, the creation of Guardians of the Galaxy, what's in development at Marvel, and more. 


Bruce Rauner signs budget approced by the Illinois Senate

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March 26, 2015 - News Local/State

Rauner Signs Off On Plan To Fix Budget Hole

Governor Bruce Rauner took to the Illinois Senate floor to shake hands Thursday after senators passed a plan to plug a $1.6 billion hole in the state budget.  He signed the measure late in the day.


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