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People shop in The Galleria mall in Houston during Black Friday on Nov. 26, 2021. The economy grew strongly last year but at an uneven pace because of the pandemic.
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The U.S. economy grew last year at the fastest pace since 1984, but growth was tempered by successive waves of the pandemic.
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Mayra Guillén, second from left, and Lupe Guillén, second from right, have been vocal advocates for changes to military justice, after their sister Vanessa was murdered at 20 years old. The Guillén family says Vanessa endured sexual harassment — which is now a crime in the military.
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Spc. Vanessa Guillén was murdered by a fellow soldier in 2020. "My little sister shed light on the epidemic of sexual misconduct in the military" Mayra Guillén said.
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The Citizen’s Club of Springfield held a forum via Zoom in January 2022 titled “Confronting Inequities in the Criminal Justice System.” The discussion featured panelists UIS assistant professor Dr. Sean McCandless; DeAndre Neal, a prisoner reentry and prevention program manager; and State’s Attorney Dan Wright, as well as Alderwoman LaKeisha Purchase.
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 Gov. JB Pritzker says he is "cautiously optimistic" the recent COVID-19 surge  is now declining. The governor gave a virtual update Wednesday in Chicago.
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Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday that he is “cautiously optimistic” that the recent surge in COVID-19 cases spurred by the omicron variant has peaked, but he cautioned that another variant could appear at any time and continued to urge people to get vaccinated and wear face coverings when in public.
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Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin launches his GOP bid for governor in a campaign video Monday.
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About a quarter of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Despite the large number of workers affected, no national laws protect them when they need time off to deal with the loss.
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Neil Young, performing in Lake Hughes, Calif. in 2019.
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The move came two days after Neil Young requested that his work be removed from Spotify in protest over coronavirus misinformation on Joe Rogan's podcast.
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