A woman dressed in a Native American headdress.
James Kenney/AP
October 29, 2015

Halloween Cultural Costumes Raising Debate On Stereotypes And Racism

It’s the time of the year when department stores stock their shelves with different outfits for Halloween, including costumes of other cultures. Sexy Geisha, Hey Amigo Mexican man and replicas of Native American headdresses are some real life examples of cultural costumes and they can be found on various Halloween websites.

Cultural costumes have led to a controversial dilemma over whether or not they are racist, sexist and perpetuate cultural appropriation.

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Illinois State Comptroller Leslie Munger (R) speaking in January, 2015.
Brian Mackey/WUIS
October 14, 2015

Illinois Can't Make Next Pension Payment

Illinois won't make its next pension payment. Comptroller Leslie Munger announced Wednesday she can't, because the state doesn't have the cash. That'll require Illinois to tap into its pension accounts which could further exacerbate the impact on the funds.

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A gas pump in Jacksonville, Florida
Anthony Inswasty/Wikimedia Commons
July 27, 2015

Gas Prices In Illinois Continue To Decline

Gas prices across Illinois continue to fall.  The cost of a gallon in Champaign is more than a dollar cheaper than a year ago. In the past week the price at the pump dropped another 13 cents in Champaign.

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Flooding in Des Plaines
(Photo: Illinois Department of Natural Resources)
July 27, 2015

Urban Flooding A Big Problem In Illinois

Urban flooding is most notable for flooded streets and flooded basements, especially due to storm sewer backups.   This type of flooding occurs in all of the counties in Illinois and usually happens in older sections of town where the infrastructure is old and also in subdivisions that were built in the 1950's and 1960's.

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