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Democratic Rep. Sean Casten was among Illinois lawmakers who decried the legislative impasse this past week, saying, “Anything short of honoring the deal that we agreed to in June is unacceptable. A government shutdown would disrupt the lives of 330 million Americans.”
Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Associated Press
If Congress doesn’t pass a federal spending bill by Oct. 1, agency closures will disrupt numerous routine functions for Illinois residents.
President Joe Biden listens during a meeting with Pacific Islands Forum leaders during the U.S.-Pacific Islands Forum Summit in the East Room of the White House on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, in Washington.
Evan Vucci
Biden said his administration is requesting Congress approve $200 million in new assistance for the region, including financing to help the islands prepare for climate and natural hazards.
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UIS Performing Arts Center
When written history and historical details lost to time clash, what will persevere? "Niceties" actresses Regina Ivy and Meredith Vogel-Thomas, as well as Carly Shank, Artistic Program Director for the UIS Performing Arts Center, sat down with co-host Logan Bricker to speak about their work and passions in the acting community and what goes into creating characters. Ivy and Vogel-Thomas also shared a scene from the play that runs Sept. 27-30, 2023.
EIS officer Arran Hamlet walks into the Government Meadows site to conduct environmental sampling for norovirus.
Mia Catharine Mattioli/CDC
Having this virus is bad enough at home, where you might spend hours hugging the toilet. Imagine having it out camping. Investigators wanted to find out how backpackers were getting and spreading it.
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With all of this condemnation swirling, it's worth wondering what about enduring monuments like the Rock Hall keeps stirring people up.
Duane Prokop
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Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner was removed from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's board after sexist and racist comments. But he is, and always has been, an avatar for an exclusionary framework.
Author David Browne describes the young James Taylor as a shy, troubled songwriter whose album <em>Sweet Baby James</em> became an unexpected hit.
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