In this March 5, 2015, file photo, Illinois' Amarah Coleman, left, drives to the basket as Nebraska's Chandler Smith guards during an NCAA college basketball game in Hoffman Estates, Ill

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News Local/State - April 12, 2016

U Of I Reaches Settlements With Former Women’s Basketball Players & Former Football Coach

The University of Illinois says seven former women’s basketball players who claimed in a lawsuit over an alleged “racially hostile environment” will share a $375,000 settlement. Meanwhile, a $250,000 negotiated settlement has been announced for former football coach Tim Beckman, who was fired by the university last year over the handling of athletes’ injuries.

Notice and Agenda for the Cunningham Township annual town meeting in Urbana.

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News Local/State - April 12, 2016

Pro-Pot Ballot Questions On Town Meeting Agendas In C-U

Proposals to place advisory referenda calling for the legalization of marijuana statewide are on the agenda at annual town meetings in Champaign and Urbana --- two of the 1,431 such meetings being held across Illinois on Tuesday evening.

In this Jan. 27, 2016 file photo, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, attends a joint session of the General Assembly at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

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News Local/State - April 11, 2016

Madigan Introduces Education Funding Amendment

The Democratic House Speaker's legislation states that education is a fundamental "right'' - as opposed to "goal'' - and that the state has the "preponderant financial responsibility'' for funding schools.   If approved, the amendment would appear on ballots in November.

The 21st Show - April 11, 2016

The 21st: Film, Baseball, Books - How Art Affects Life

On today's show: how the arts can help overcome stereotypes about mental health and disability. We also highlighted a new documentary on the life of Jackie Robinson, and talked about what makes a good children's book - in honor of Beverly Cleary's 100th birthday this week.

Illinois Capitol

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News Local/State - April 11, 2016

Lawmakers Frustrated By State Budget Impasse Meet Privately

Rank-and-file Illinois lawmakers frustrated by the 10-month state budget impasse are meeting on their own in bipartisan groups to discuss potential solutions.  Some met Monday at a forum in Chicago hosted by The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

Signs on the door for the RACES agency in Urbana.

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News Local/State - April 11, 2016

Rape Crisis Agency Stays Open Despite Lack Of State Money

Staff cutbacks and emergency fundraising have enbabled Rape Advocacy, Counseling & Education Services --- RACES, for short --- to stay open, despite the loss of state funding due to the state budget impasse.

Gov. Bruce Rauner meets with other state and local officials when surveying flood damage in Villa Grove January 3.

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News Local/State - April 08, 2016

Rauner Appeals Federal Denial Of Disaster Funds

Gov. Bruce Rauner is appealing the federal government's decision to deny funding to help Illinois residents, businesses and local governments pay for damage caused by December and January floods. Counties impacted by the flooding in December and January include Vermilion and Moultrie.

tap water

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The 21st Show - April 08, 2016

The 21st: Water Quality Issues & A Stereotype-Smashing Organist

The crisis with lead in Flint’s water has led many communities around the country to ask: could this happen here? Today on the 21st, we talked with people from Chicago, Galesburg, and Decatur, to find out what those communities are seeing regarding lead and other problems with tap water. Also, musician Cameron Carpenter joined us to explain his not-so-traditional approach to playing the organ.

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