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Services for Transgender Patients Expanding, Still Lacking

Planned Parenthood health centers in Peoria, Pekin and Bloomington this month added services for transgender patients. Peoria Public Radio’s Cass Herrington reports members of the transgender community welcome the news, but say there’s still a void in the treatment that’s available: Darcia Ostling started her transition six years ago, “From who I was into who I am, who I truly am,” Ostling said. At the time, Ostling didn’t have a car. She’d take time off work, pack a suitcase and hop on a...
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New Corn Disease Found in Illinois Field

University of Illinois researchers say a new type of corn disease has been found in northern Illinois. The university says bacterial leaf streak was found in a field in DeKalb County.
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A Museum With Nearly 300 Brass Horns: You've Gotta See It Tuba-lieve It

The V&E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection in Durham, N.C., is the result of an obsession that grew one oom pah-pah at a time.Vincent Simonetti started playing tuba in high school in the 1950s – and it was love at first puff."And I would draw it in study hall. I'd draw pictures of it. I don't know why. I just became obsessed with it," he says.He and his wife, Ethel, used to run a tuba exchange that sold sousaphones, euphoniums and other members of the tuba family to high school bands. Now...
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The California Assembly unanimously passed a measure that requires a prison sentence for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious person.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has filed formal administrative charges to fire the officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014.  Johnson filed charges to fire Officer Jason Van Dyke along with four other officers who were at the scene of the shooting.

President Barack Obama has cut short the sentences 111 federal inmates, including eight Illinoisans, in his latest round of commutations for those convicted of nonviolent drug offenses.

Quinn Proposes Redistricting Plan

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Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has his own idea for changing how legislative boundaries are drawn.  Last week - the latest attempt to take politics out of redistricting was found unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court.  

Democratic Congressional Candidate Junius Rodriguez is attacking his opponent's judgment.

Rodriguez is running against GOP Representative Darin LaHood in the 18th District, which stretches from Bloomington Normal to Quincy.

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A popular site for "Pokemon Go" characters in a conservation area on the north Chicago lakefront has attracted hundreds of players and inspired legislation to protect ecologically sensitive areas.

Whether you're in Maine or Michigan, state fairs have their own smell — a mix of hot oil from the curly fries, and that unmistakable livestock tent.

One exhibit at this summer's Oregon State Fair, though, has a particularly distinctive funk. It's the one introducing a new crop: marijuana.

"It was this year that the state legislature designated cannabis as a farm crop. And the general public should know what it's all about," says Don Morse, the head of the Oregon Cannabis Business Council.

The idea of black capitalism goes back many decades. Civil rights activists Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey advocated African-Americans creating and doing business with their own to build wealth in their community.

This summer, the killings of black men and the Black Lives Matter movement rekindled campaigns to #BuyBlack and #BankBlack — but it's a call some supporters find difficult to heed.

As part of the project A Nation Engaged, NPR and member stations are exploring America's role in the world heading into the presidential election.

Everyone knew President Obama would say something about gay rights when he visited Kenya last summer. Many American activists were pressing him to publicly condemn Kenya's colonial-era law making homosexuality a crime.

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