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Working to Remove Barriers from the Past

State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth is sponsoring legislation to remove a common roadblock for those with a criminal record.

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Illinois Lawmakers Urge Redistricting Re-Do Ahead of Midterm Election

As the midterm election draws near, some state lawmakers want to change the way Illinois’ political districts are drawn. They want to do that by giving voters a chance to change the constitution. Listen to a summary of the story.

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Can Triage Nurses Help Prevent 911 Overload?

Most people are familiar with some form of triage: When you go to an emergency room, you first sit down with a triage nurse who records your symptoms, takes your vital signs and assesses the urgency of your medical need. As of Thursday, that's happening over the phone for 911 callers in Washington, D.C. , where triage nurses now sit alongside 911 dispatchers to help field calls. Why are they there? D.C. has the highest rate of 911 calls in the U.S., and one in four of those calls is not an...

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The first employers are being signed up now for Illinois’ Secure Choice retirement savings program. State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says that under the program, private-sector workers who don’t have a retirement plan at their job can have a portion of their pay automatically set aside in a state savings program. Frerichs says those savings will be shielded from any state financial problems.  

The joint alert from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security last month warning that Russia was hacking into critical U.S. energy infrastructure may have shaken some Americans. But it came as no surprise to the country's largest grid operator, PJM Interconnection.

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Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin On Pompeo

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As the midterm election draws near, some state lawmakers want to change the way Illinois’ political districts are drawn. They want to do that by giving voters a chance to change the constitution.
 

The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered inspections of fan blades on some jet engines of the same type as the one that blew apart on a Southwest Airlines flight, causing the death of a passenger and injuring seven others.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia's medical examiner says Jennifer Riordan, who died on the Dallas-bound Boeing 737 flight, was killed by blunt trauma to her head, neck and torso when she was partially blown out a cabin window shattered by engine debris. Federal inspectors say Riordan, 43, was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

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Robot Puts Together IKEA Chair

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When Lane Murdock, a high school sophomore, heard that 17 high school students and educators had been killed in a shooting in Parkland, Fla., she says she felt numb.

To her, and so many others, mass shootings can feel all too common in the U.S.

"In the time I've been in high school we've had the Pulse, Las Vegas and now, [the Parkland] shooting," Murdock says.

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