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Ten Years After Arrest, Has Illinois Learned The Right Lessons From Blagojevich?

News Analysis — This coming Sunday, December 9, marks the 10th anniversary of the day the FBI arrested Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. The event led to his impeachment, criminal conviction and a 14-year prison sentence. There were also changes in state ethics laws. But there are those who say the corruption was not the worst part of the Blagojevich administration — and I am among them. I'll make that argument in this week's Illinois Issues in-depth report.

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Satanists Sponsor Statehouse Sculpture

The Illinois Statehouse is looking festive this year, with its annual outdoor lights descending from the dome to the ground. But on the inside, things look a little less traditional.

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News Analysis — This coming Sunday, December 9, marks the 10th anniversary of the day the FBI arrested Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

The event led to his impeachment, criminal conviction and a 14-year prison sentence. There were also changes in state ethics laws.

But there are those who say the corruption was not the worst part of the Blagojevich administration — and I am among them. I'll make that argument in this week's Illinois Issues in-depth report.

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Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker and a new crop of legislators will take office come January. Those crafting state education policies say they will continue one of the biggest fights in recent years, finding more funding for teachers, students and schools.

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The opioid epidemic has become such a problem, many communities are offering for free the antidote that's administered when someone overdoses.  

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Illinois Economy

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The holiday shopping season is upon us and shifts in the retail sector are becoming more evident.  

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Why Is Deerfield (Still) So White?

Nov 15, 2018
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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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Mothers and Daughters, and a Blessing

Jul 3, 2008

Sue Hyde lives in Cambridge, Mass., with her wife, Jade McGleughlin, their daughter, Jesse, 14 and their son, Max, 12.

The makeup of their household is not as rare as it once was — and certainly not as rare as it was when Hyde was growing up, in a small town in rural Illinois.

Asked by her daughter about the differences between their childhoods, Hyde's response is, "I grew up in one of those very typical families, with a mom and a dad. And there were seven kids."

StoryCorps Griot: Field of Dreams

Oct 16, 2007

This week's installment of StoryCorps Griot features William and Glen Haley.

They remember their father, Joseph Howard Haley, who founded the Jackie Robinson West Little League in 1971 on the South Side of Chicago.

Although the league only had one team at its inception, it fostered the talents of ballplayers who later played in the major leagues. Such players include Emil Brown, Marvell Wyne and Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett.

In the 2007 season, the 12- year-old team was ranked third in the state of Illinois.

This I Believe: A Koala Bear

Jan 29, 2007
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A Return to the Roots of Childhood

Dec 15, 2005

At 68, Barb Fuller-Curry lives across the road from the farm where she grew up, in Whiteside County, Ill. In her youth, Fuller-Curry's father and mother took turns working the fields in order to make ends meet.

After raising her own family elsewhere, Fuller-Curry returned to the farm after 40 years to care for her mother, who passed away earlier this year. The house Curry lives in is one her parents built.

Speaking with her 34-year-old son, Craig, Fuller-Curry recalled the sacrifices her parents made -- and how little she thought about it at the time, when she was just 7.

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Eight years before WUIS began began broadcasting, the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 initiated consideration in communities and colleges what might be done with public media. "It announces to the world that our Nation wants more than just material wealth; our Nation wants more than a "chicken in every pot." We in America have an appetite for excellence, too. While we work every day to produce new goods and to create new wealth, we want most of all to enrich man's spirit. That is the purpose of this act." President Lyndon Johnson's remarks up signing the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967

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At Least 500 Homes Sustained Damage In Taylorville Tornado

A survey of destruction in Taylorville shows a Saturday tornado left 100 homes destroyed or with severe damage. The survey, which included the areas of the town that took less of a direct hit, determined another 400 homes damaged, but habitable.

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Cleaning Up After A Tornado Strikes Taylorville

Sunday brought daylight and a chance to view the magnitude of damage in Taylorville. Many residents spent the day removing debris and helping neighbors after a tornado roared through the Christian County community on Saturday afternoon.

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Illinois' Birth: We Cooked The Books

Prairie politicians didn't let challenges, like rules, get in their way, historians say.

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Gov. Rauner And The Folly Of Hubris

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Vice President Mike Pence often describes his conservative religious views as "Hoosier values." It's a consistent narrative in a state that, with the exception of 2008, has voted for Republican presidents since 1980.

The religious right in Indiana has long been a powerful political force. But now a progressive interfaith movement, called Faith In Indiana, is trying to challenge that foothold.

Robert Mueller knows how to keep a secret.

As reporters and lawyers for President Trump speculate about the end of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the special counsel threw a curveball this week.

The double jeopardy clause of the Constitution says someone can't be prosecuted twice for the same crime.

But, in fact, for 160 years, the Supreme Court has said that separate sovereigns — state and federal governments — can do just that, because each sovereign government has separate laws and interests.

Now, the Supreme Court could be ready to reverse that long-standing rule — and that could have consequences for special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation of President Trump and his associates and their ties to Russia.

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Start with the top, if you must: Janelle Monáe 's human and heroic Dirty Computer is our No. 1 album of 2018 after all. But then we recommend hitting shuffle on this 40-hour playlist of the 50 best albums of the year and seeing where it takes you. Where else could you jump from Monáe's funk to the limitless sounds of Mexican vocalist Magos Herrera to Khruangbin 's instrumental chill to The HIRS Collective 's punk chaos to a true communion of Bartók 's violin concertos? For every Vince Staples...

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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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