Tom Berns.
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February 20, 2018

Engineer, Former State Lawmaker, Tom Berns Dies At Age 72

Friends of former state representative Tom Berns say his one term in the Illinois House was only a small part of his public service.

Berns, who died Monday at age 72, was elected to the Illinois House 104th District in 2000, succeeding Republican Tim Johnson, who left to serve in the U.S. House. 


child walking
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February 20, 2018

Despite Law, ‘Planned Abandonment’ Persists As Last Resort For Troubled Families

A law passed in 2014 was supposed to ensure Illinois families no longer have to give up custody of their children in order to get them necessary mental health treatment. Even so, for years families with no other options have been forced to abandon their children to get them the help they need, and legislators say state agencies are to blame.


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February 20, 2018

Power of Teen Activism; New Legionnaires Cases; Violence in Movies; Gov. Candidate Jeanne Ives

On The 21st: Teen girls around the country are leading the charge for change in their communities. Now more than ever, publications like Teen Vogue and Rookie Mag are adapting to this new wave of "girls media." Plus, we get the latest on more legionnaires cases at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Also, we hear from Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips about why he's tired of gun violence in movies. And, we continue our series of gubernatorial candidate interviews with Jeanne Ives. 


A study tries to understand how much intensive agriculture has contributed to climate change in the Midwest.
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February 19, 2018

Study: Intensive Agriculture Drives Midwest Climate Changes

As agriculture intensified in the 20th century, summers in the Midwest became wetter and cooler. Researchers at MIT, in a study published this month, looked at whether vegetation from crop production, rather than the greenhouse gas emissions that are an established source of climate changes, could have driven these regional impacts.


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