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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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The Illinois General Assembly rolled over Gov. Bruce Rauner in the first week of veto session, voting to override his vetos of more than three-dozen bills. But that's only half the game.

When lawmakers return for week two of veto session, the House and Senate will swap bills to complete the override process — will the governor fare any better then?

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A recent study by the Institute for Higher Education Policy shows that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign stands out among similar schools for its low percentage of minority students. The study looked at flagship universities around the Great Lakes to gauge whether they offer equal access for under-represented minorities and low-income students, and whether those students, once-admitted, succeed.

Specifically, the study focuses on Black, Hispanic, American Indian, and Alaska Native students — students who are under-represented in higher education nationwide.

The study uses a really basic yardstick. The researchers simply compared each state’s crop of high school graduates with the following year’s freshman class at its main public university. If the percentage of underrepresented minorities is higher in the first group than the second, that’s an equity gap. Using this measure, all six Great Lake flaships have a gap. But Illinois has the biggest gap. By far.

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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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School shootings have taken a terrible human toll. They have also been a boon to the business of security technology.

Over the summer, Washington Post reporter John Woodrow Cox saw an array of items on display at an expo in Orlando, Fla. He and fellow reporter Steven Rich went on to investigate whether any of the technology being promoted and sold really helps save lives.

One minute, Seamus Hughes was reading the book Dragons Love Tacos to his son. A few minutes later, after putting him to bed, Hughes was back on his computer, stumbling on what could be one of the most closely guarded secrets within the U.S. government: that the Justice Department may be preparing criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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On the morning of his 23rd birthday, Leonel Salas is just getting off the fireline after battling the Woolsey fire all night in Southern California.

"[We] can't get any rest while we're on the lines," he says.

He's exhausted after working for 24 hours, but relieved to be at the base camp in Camarillo where there are hot meals, sleeping pods and mobile showers.

Salas and his crew have been on the job for over a week now. When he got the call to head out to the fire he didn't even have the chance to say goodbye to his parents.

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President Trump visited fire-ravaged areas of California on Saturday, meeting with people affected by the wildfires. At least 76 people were killed in the Camp Fire in Northern California, and nearly 1,300 people have been reported missing, making it the most destructive and deadly wildfire in California state history.

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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

Live election results for Illinois: Get the latest on Illinois ' ballot measures and races for governor, Senate, and House. Loading...

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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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Andrew Gillum ended his bid to become the first African-American governor of Florida on Saturday, conceding the race to his Republican rival, former Rep. Ron DeSantis.

"R.J. and I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Mr. DeSantis on becoming the next governor of the great state of Florida," Gillum said in a Facebook video with his wife at his side. "This has been the journey of our lives."

President Trump shot down reports on Saturday that his administration was considering extraditing a Pennsylvania-based foe of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in order to diffuse tensions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Erdogan says Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric who has been living in Pennsylvania since the late 1990s, was involved in a failed coup in 2016. The government has requested the U.S. send him back to Turkey.

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Democrat Stacey Abrams has ended her run for governor of Georgia. From WABE in Atlanta, Jim Burress reports.

JIM BURRESS, BYLINE: During a fiery speech from her campaign headquarters, Stacey Abrams accepted the inevitable.

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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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