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Why Is Deerfield (Still) So White?

Commentary: A North Shore suburban native reflects on the community's troubled racial history.

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A new report suggests a third of the deaths in Illinois prisons are preventable.

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In Illinois, more than 80 percent of all public school teachers are white. But odds are, most of the children in their classrooms are Hispanic, Black, Asian, or a mixture of races. Only 48 percent of public school students are white.

Emily Fox is trying to bring those numbers closer together. She is “director of educator effectiveness” at the Illinois State Board of Education.

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A recent study completed by the Illinois Rural Health Summit Planning Committee found that 1.5 million Illinoisans who live in rural parts of Illinois struggle to maintain "healthy, active, and productives lives." 

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A statewide series of forums this year found plenty of concern about the direction Illinois is heading.  But we also found work is being done at the local level to solve some of the problems.

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Why Is Deerfield (Still) So White?

Nov 15, 2018
Art Shay / @Art Shay Archive, 2018

Commentary: A North Shore suburban native reflects on the community's troubled racial history.

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Preston Jackson is a martial artist, an accomplished guitar player, an educator and professor-emeritus, and a visual artist who has studios in Bartonville, Peoria and Chicago. His newest work, unveiled on Tuesday, is a mural that depicts the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis caring for the wounded after the 1908 Race Riot in Springfield.

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Conservative lawyer George Conway says he no longer feels comfortable in the Republican Party. And he's urging fellow conservatives to speak up more loudly, when they see President Trump challenging the rule of law.

Conway's frequent criticism of the president attracts outsized attention because he's married to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

Protesters across Ireland took to the streets this week chanting and carrying thongs, after a 27-year-old man was acquitted of rape during a trial in which his lawyer cited the lacy underwear worn by his 17-year-old accuser.

"You have to look at the way she was dressed," defense attorney Elizabeth O'Connell said, according to the Irish Examiner. "She was wearing a thong with a lace front."

Deborah Long of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, made it her mission to find and thank the families of American World War II veterans who liberated her mother from a Nazi concentration camp. Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins (@ljmullinsworld) reports.

Some franchisees of the convenience store chain 7-Eleven say they believe the corporation is referring critics of its corporate policy to federal immigration authorities. 7-Eleven denies the claims.

Roughly 1 in 10 Americans say they have an allergy to penicillin. However, the latest science shows that a true penicillin allergy is serious, but much less common. Blake Farmer (@flakebarmer) of Nashville Public Radio reports.

This week on social media, supporters of Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are bashing a reporter who tweeted a photo of her clothing and suggested that she is wealthier than she admits. Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks with Femi Oke (@FemiOke) of Al Jazeera English.

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The midterms are over. Long live the midterms.

A number of contests from last week still haven’t been decided.

So reports of a blue wave crashing against a red wall may have been slightly off. Yes, the Senate will stay in GOP hands and the House will flip to the Democrats. But the governorships of Florida and Georgia are still undetermined, and the final nationwide vote may look bluer than previously thought.

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A major doctors’ group demands immediate action on gun violence, calling it a public health crisis. The National Rifle Association demands doctors “stay in their lane.”

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President Trump has completed written answers to questions about the Russia investigation from Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller.

The president told reporters on Friday that he wrote the answers, not his lawyers, and that he did so "very easily."

Trump said he suspected some of the questions were designed to be pitfalls and catch him in a "perjury trap" — to induce to him to lie about things for which prosecutors might already have contradictory evidence.

A few weeks back, a reader wrote the Ombudsman Office with "a small simple gripe." He had a thought about a story and wanted to get a comment to the NPR journalist who wrote it. He couldn't figure out a way to do that, noting that he uses no social media channels. "I e-mail, that's all."

He concluded: "Please allow for some sort of 'contact via email' access."

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Please join us for our annual "Thank You Fest" to thank our donors and supporters. This year's event will take place at the Governor's Mansion in Downtown Springfield on Wednesday, November 28th between 5:30pm- 8pm. We will celebrate with live music and delicious food. RSVP for Thank You Fest HERE.

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The Impact Of The Illinois Election Where You Live

The votes have been counted and we’ve seen who won in Illinois. We know Democrats added to their grip on the Chicago area and Republicans held on in much of central and southern Illinois. What did we learn about the division of political support in the state?

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Election 2018 - Illinois Results

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Dear Governor-elect Pritzker

Former and outgoing Illinois leaders offer suggestions for the man going to the mansion.

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Politics

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The midterms are over. Long live the midterms.

A number of contests from last week still haven’t been decided.

So reports of a blue wave crashing against a red wall may have been slightly off. Yes, the Senate will stay in GOP hands and the House will flip to the Democrats. But the governorships of Florida and Georgia are still undetermined, and the final nationwide vote may look bluer than previously thought.

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Prosecutors are negotiating a potential plea agreement with the Russian woman who was charged over the summer with being a clandestine foreign agent.

The U.S. attorney's office for Washington, D.C., said in a court filing that its lawyers are in talks with counsel for the woman, Maria Butina, who also was charged with alleged conspiracy.

Her lawyers have said she is simply a naive young woman who was "jabbering" about her efforts to influence U.S. politicians.

Updated at 1:13 p.m. ET

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., delivered a blow to President Trump Friday, ruling in favor of CNN and the news media.

Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee, ordered the White House to restore correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials, something the White House said later it would do.

"Each day he [Acosta] is deprived ... [he] suffers a harm that cannot be remedied in retrospect," Kelly said.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced sweeping rules on how colleges handle cases of sexual assault and harassment that she says will fix a "failed" and "shameful" system that has been unfair to accused students.

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Jacob Banks Doesn't Rush His Music: 'Time Is The Only Currency That Matters To Me'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjNxTyEZBMc The first thing you'll notice about musician Jacob Banks is his voice — a mesmerizingly deep baritone with timbre so rich, you can almost feel it wrapping you up in song. But that's not all the 27-year-old R&B singer brings to the table. The U.K.-hailing artist was born in Nigeria but grew up in Birmingham, England and got into music seriously about seven years ago. After years of releasing well-received EPs and performing for fans both across...

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A Preview of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's "Simply Strings" Concert

Yona Stamatis talks with Illinois Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Ken Lam and guest piano soloist Alon Goldstein about Friday night's (November 9th) ISO concert, featuring Britten's "Simple Symphony", Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings" and Shostakovich's "First Piano Concerto". http://www.ilsymphony.org/

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