Illustration of a family sitting at a table
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February 18, 2018

How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things

For the more than 3,000 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday's mass shooting was terrifying and life-changing. But what of the tens of millions of other children, in schools across the country, who have since heard about what happened and now struggle with their own feelings of fear, confusion and uncertainty?


Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs
February 16, 2018

2016 Report Puts Quincy Plumbing Fix At 8 Million Dollars

A report obtained by The Associated Press shows engineers told Governor Bruce Rauner's administration in 2016 that replacing problematic plumbing at a veterans' home beset by Legionnaires' disease would cost $8 million, much lower than the estimate provided by state officials. 


Alan Montecillo/Illinois Public Media
February 15, 2018

Reactions To Gov. Rauner’s Budget Address; Trump’s ‘Harvest Box’ Plan; AG Candidate Scott Drury

On the 21st: Reactions from Senate President John Cullerton, Rep. David Harris, and WBEZ political reporter Tony Arnold on Gov. Rauner's budget address. Plus, Dr. Craig Gundersen from the University of Illinois talks about President Trump's plan to convert electronic food benefits to boxes of packaged food. We also conclude our interviews with candidates for attorney general with state representative Scott Drury. 


Gov. Bruce Rauner ran TV ads touting Illinois school funding reform law, but his proposed budget would alter the model lawmakers approved.
Screenshot of ad from Citizens For Rauner, Inc.
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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