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City Unveils First 'ArtPop' Murals to Spur Investment, Curiosity

A vacant building on Peoria’s South Side got a splash of color that the city hopes will spur more economic investment in the area. The City unveiled two vinyl murals Mon., as part of the Community Development Center’s first contest for the "Art Pop" initiative. The first Art Pop installations are two vinyl murals, draped along the sides of a large warehouse at 3560 SW Adams St. “This kind of shows the potential behind this vacant building. We’re planning on upkeeping the maintenance, and now...
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Armadillos Expected To Continue Trek North In Illinois

Armadillos aremoving into the state, and some researchers believe they may make it as far north as the central Illinoisarea.Illinois Issues editor Jamey Dunn talked with F.Agustin Jimenez, azoology professor at Southern Illinois University inCarbondale, aboutarmadillos and why they might one day be moreprevalentin the state.Jimenez is asking for help tracking armadillos in Illinois. If you see one, note when and where. If you can safely snap a picture, do that as well. However, Jimenez says...
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The Real Bob Ross: Meet The Meticulous Artist Behind Those Happy Trees

We're not going to bury the lead here: Bob Ross' hair was actually straight. Just ask his longtime business partner Annette Kowalski, who knew Ross better than anyone — he had just gotten out of the Air Force, and was unsuccessfully trying to make a living as a painter, she says."He got this bright idea that he could save money on haircuts. So he let his hair grow, he got a perm, and decided he would never need a haircut again," Kowalski explains.Before he could change it back, though, the...
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Anxious legislators will once again see a deposit from the state of Illinois in their bank accounts. They’re getting paid Tuesday for the first time since July, when their April paychecks came through.

Illinois doesn’t have enough money in the bank to pay all of its own bills. As a result, the comptroller’s office is way behind paying businesses contracted to do work for the state.

The backlog of overdue bills is approaching $8 billion.

Newly released government data paint a sobering picture of safety on the nation's roads and highways.

In 2015, the number of people who died in auto accidents reached 35,092, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a 7.2% increase over 2014. The last time there was such a large single-year increase was back in 1966 when Lyndon Johnson was president.

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Enormous rats are making their way through the federal court system. But they're not wet-nosed, living rodents. They're rubber, inflatable ones.  Unions deploy such rat replicas outside businesses they have disputes with.  

It's a sweltering night in July and Los Angeles' Underground Museum is packed. "It's crowded and hot, but it feels really good," says vistor Jazzi McGilbert. Like much of the crowd, McGilbert is young, creative and African-American. She drove across town to this unassuming, bunker-like storefront for an event that combines art and activism. The museum is one of her favorite spots in Los Angeles. "I like what it stands for," McGilbert says. "... And the art is incredible."

Wide-eyed Sakina Muhammad, who's 2, sits on her mother, Habiba's lap, on a bed in the ICU. Sakina is stick thin, her body withered and emaciated.

But she's one of the lucky ones — a malnourished child who came to the health facility in time to be saved. Many starving children don't make it.

Malnutrition is at a catastrophic level in northeastern Nigeria, where Sakina lives, says Doctors Without Borders. According to the medical aid group, the number of malnourished people could be as high as half a million. Children are starving — and dying.

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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. 

The Department of Human Services is still attempting to collect money from overpayments made nearly 30 years ago from its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, more commonly known as food stamps.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed measures that would increase wages for workers who care for those with developmental disabilities and expand a child care program for low-income families.  The Republican governor says there isn't enough money to support the proposals.

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Cook County officials say they expect to issue the 10 thousandth marriage license to a same-sex couple this week.  Cook County Clerk David Orr held a news conference along with state lawmakers and civil right groups to mark the milestone. 

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