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Proposal Could Bring LGBTQ Pioneers to Illinois Classrooms

A state legislative proposal would make sure schools teach about LGBTQ people who made history. Equality Illinois, an LGBTQ advocacy group, says many of the state’s school-aged children who don’t identify as heterosexual feel left out of history lessons. Mike Ziri is the group’s Public Policy Director.

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Midwest Scientists Help Endangered Mexican Wolf Population

Scientists from the Chicago Zoological Society and a team assembled by the Reproductive and Behavioral Sciences Department at the St. Louis Zoo are using artificial insemination in an effort to improve the genetic diversity of the Mexican wolf population. The Chicago Tribune reports that the wolves have been endangered since 1976, when only seven were left in the wild. Now, scientists at Brookfield Zoo are utilizing new reproductive tools and technologies to advance the recovery of the...

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ISIS' Parting Gift To Its Former Capital: Thousands Of Explosive Booby Traps

The city of Raqqa was the de facto capital of the Islamic State. ISIS fighters were defeated there back in October, and they scattered in all directions. But they left behind a deadly legacy - thousands upon thousands of explosive booby traps. Now U.S. and Syrian trainers are teaching young men how to dismantle those bombs, at a village on the outskirts of the city. In an exercise a Syrian instructor and his young student are trying to do just that. A mock explosive is set inside the metal...

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Peoria REACHes to Address Opioid Epidemic

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The Peoria Recovery Project is planning a broad-based opioid event in April at the Peoria Civic Center.


Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says the goal of the group is to 'REACH a solution'. “The Acronym stands for stands for Recovery, Education, Advocacy, Community, and Health.”  

Ardis was one of many community leaders who joined in the announcement for the event. Others included the Peoria Police and Fire Chiefs, the Peoria County Sheriff, State's Attorney and Coroner and still others. 

Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly, was in the penalty box after a third period fight with a Blackhawks defenseman on Saturday night when four Blackhawks fans started taunting him in unison.

"Basketball, basketball, basketball," they chanted.

"It's pretty obvious what that means," Smith-Pelly said on Sunday. "It's not a secret." The non-secret racial stereotype at play here is that basketball is a "black" sport and hockey is for white people.

The Illinois Department of Human Rights has set up a new hotline for victims of sexual harassment.

Matt Streb, chief of staff to Acting NIU President Lisa Freeman, says Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed allocation for higher education ignores even a minimal 1.9 percent increase requested by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Instead, it keeps cuts made in last summer’s budget deal.

“The [university] presidents,” he said, “including Acting President Freeman, have argued that the institutions in the state should revert to the Fiscal ‘15 year allocation, which was the last year that we had a full budget before FY ’18.”

This week, Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his annual Budget Address before the General Assembly and House Speaker Michael Madigan fired a long-time campaign worker due to sexual harassment allegations.

Gatehouse Media's Doug Finke joins the panel.

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