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Fact Check: Davis, Londrigan Muddy The Water On Health Care, Tax Overhaul

Health care, trade, and the tax overhaul are three of the biggest issues in the race for the 13th Congressional District between incumbent Rodney Davis and challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

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The People Spoke -- And We Listened

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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The Democratic candidate for Illinois governor is facing a racial discrimination lawsuit against his campaign — from 10 of his own campaign workers.

With early voting underway and less than three weeks until Election Day, he denies the allegations and is pushing back hard.

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The College Course On Zombies

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There’s been a lot of changes in agriculture through the decades, from the equipment used to the amount of land needed to sustain a livelihood. Gary Oxley is an Illinois man who has been farming for more than 70 years. He discusses the changes he's witnessed first hand.

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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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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued a national apology Monday on behalf of the government to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse — the first such official statement since a major report last year showed the problem was rampant in Australia.

"Today, as a nation, we confront our failure to listen, to believe, and to provide justice," he said to an audience of hundreds of survivors in Canberra. "We say sorry. To the children we failed, sorry. To the parents whose trust was betrayed and who have struggled to pick up the pieces, sorry."

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UIS' Yona Stamatis talks with Illinois Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Ken Lam about this weekend's concert - a Bicentennial Celebration featuring Joan Tower's adventurous First Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, Copland's masterful Lincoln Portrait, and the resouding "Ode to Joy" of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

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The post-Millennial generation is beginning to come of age, and by 2020, it will make up about one-third of the U.S. population. Some refer to it as Generation Z, while others call it the iGeneration.

The Powerball winnings climbed to $620 million over the weekend, while the Mega Millions prize is now at $1.6 billion before taxes, amounting to a combined jackpot of $2 billion.

CBS News’ Jill Schlesinger (@jillonmoney), host of “Jill on Money” and the podcast “Better Off,” shares advice for lottery winners with Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd.

Fresh off spending two weeks on Nantucket at a songwriting workshop, Denver-based singer-songwriter and NPR Slingshot artist Brent Cowles performs live at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio. After achieving minor success with the band You Me & Apollo, Cowles recently set out on a solo career.


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Editor’s Note: This segment includes discussion of sexual assault that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive.

It’s estimated between 8,000 and 10,000 rape kits are sitting on the shelves at the Washington State police agency, awaiting DNA testing. DNA evidence can help identify sexual offenders by matching the DNA with a federal database.

This story is part of our Senate Tracker series, looking at Senate races across the country ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Check out all of our election coverage.

President Trump blamed Democrats Monday morning for a “caravan” of thousands of mainly Honduran migrants attempting to reach the U.S.

USA Today immigration reporter Alan Gomez (@alangomez) joins Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd to discuss why migrants are on the move now and who benefits politically from their actions.

Melissa McCarthy is not interested in playing pleasant characters — flawless women with perfect clothes and relationships. "Who wants to watch that?" she asks. "There's nothing to sink your teeth into. ... The people I love and like are filled with quirks and eccentricities. ... We're a bundle of all these different weirdnesses."

Instead, McCarthy became known for her comic roles in movies like Bridesmaids and The Heat — and for her impersonation of President Trump's first press secretary, Sean Spicer, on SNL.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the son of Jamal Khashoggi to express condolences for the death of the journalist killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the kingdom announced early Monday.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Jane Harman, director, president and CEO of the Wilson Center and a former U.S. representative who served on the House Intelligence Committee, about what this means for U.S.-Saudi relations.

October 22, 2018: Hour 1

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Only 16 percent of eligible voters under the age of 30 cast ballots in the 2014 midterms. While some public figures have taken to social media to mobilize young votes, some experts say the solution to low youth turnout is better civics education.

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The economy is booming, but there’s a lot of empty retail space in cities. For instance, retail surveys show a 20 percent vacancy in Manhattan.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson discusses why this is the case with Derek Thompson, (@DKThomp), senior editor at The Atlantic.


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News & Brews: What's on Your Ballot? 10/23

The midterm elections conclude November 6. Do you know what’s on your ballot? It's not a presidential election, so why does it even matter? What impact will your vote really have?

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Statewide: A Town Deals With Cancer; #MeToo In Illinois A Year Later

Why did an unusual number of childhood cancer cases show up in a central Illinois community? And what's changed in Illinois since #MeToo went viral? Statewide, with host Sean Crawford, brings you reports and conversations from in and around Illinois.

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Ask The Newsroom: How Are Early Voting And Mail-in Ballots Handled?

In the past, Ann Quackenbush would wake up early on election day to get to her polling place. The elementary school teacher in Champaign says it was often hard to make time to vote during a busy school day. For the primary last March, she tried something different – mailing in her ballot before election day. “It is just incredibly convenient,” said Quackenbush, who has already requested a mail-in ballot for the mid-terms in November. Quackenbush posted to social media encouraging friends to...

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The Race For Comptroller, Treasurer: The Story Of How One Office Became Two

Voters this fall are choosing who will occupy the state’s two financial offices: treasurer and comptroller. Even during campaigns, these positions rarely get much attention. In fact, their very existence usually comes into question in proposals to merge the offices into one. Years ago, one person was in charge. It all changed after a massive scandal filled with fast moves, fancy cars and fraud tarnished state government moneyhandling forever.

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Bedrock 66 Live! presents Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis Sunday Night

Bedrock 66 Live! and NPR Illinois present Bloodshot recording artists Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis Sunday, October 21 at 5 pm at Bar None in downtown Springfield. Tix are available here .

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On 'Fanfare For The Common Man,' An Anthem For The American Century This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at . Aaron Copland 's "Fanfare for the Common Man" begins with dramatic percussion, heralding something big and exciting. Then comes a ladder of simple trumpet notes, solemn and heroic. The whole piece takes less than four minutes to play, but its admirers say it...

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