State Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Lake Zurich

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News Local/State - November 12, 2019

Merger Urger: State Senator Pushes Consolidation

llinois has more than 850 school districts, and most of those stop at 8th grade, or serve only high school students. State Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Lake Zurich), has proposed legislation that would give such districts three years to merge to become “unit” districts — the kind that serve all grades.

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The 21st Show - November 11, 2019

Green Veterans Illinois; How Ambulances Get Diverted From The Closest Hospital; Karate Is Now An Olympic Sport

About 9.5 million veterans are in the American workforce. One group called Green Veterans wants more servicemembers to work in clean energy and sustainability. Plus, hospitals in the Chicago area have been sending ambulances away in an effort to reduce overcrowded emergency rooms. But, this practice is actually moving the problem instead of solving it. And, the centuries old sport of karate will be an Olympic event for the first time in Tokyo next year. We speak with some Olympic hopefuls.

An artist rendering of the Chicago Veterans Home. Officials say the project is nearing completion.

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News Local/State - November 11, 2019

Chicago Veterans Home To Open By Summer 2020

Final construction work on the long-awaited Chicago Veterans Home is on schedule, and a state official says the facility will be fully operational by next summer.


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News Local/State - November 11, 2019

Why This Group Handles Grief Through Boxing

Overdose Lifeline supports families dealing with problems like alcoholism and opioid abuse. An alternative grief therapy group is helping people deal with grief in a way that’s unexpected.

Illinois freshman Kofi Cockburn dunks home two of his nine points during the Illini's 90-69 loss at Arizona.

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News Local/State - November 11, 2019

Illinois Men Blown Out At Arizona 90-69

The Illini men's basketball team lost its first basketball game of the year last night in Tucson, Arizona.

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