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Cleve Heidelberg's Post-Conviction Case Reaches a Turning Point

A murder case involving the killing of a Peoria County Sheriff's sergeant in 1970 will get a modern-day reconsideration this week. 74-year-old Cleve Heidelberg’s sentence will be reexamined Tues. in a hearing that will consider new evidence and testimony.

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Your congressman came home. Why no town hall?

Members of Congress return to Washington on Monday after a week-long work sessions in their home districts. Like some other around the country, St. Louis-area representatives are catching criticism for not using the break to host town hall meetings to hear from constituents. There was one exception; Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., held a listening session Friday in Hillsboro regarding pension funds. So where are your representatives, and why aren’t they holding public meetings? Here’s what they...

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How The Media Are Using Encryption Tools To Collect Anonymous Tips

There was a time when a whistleblower had to rely on the Postal Service, or a pay phone, or an underground parking garage to leak to the press. This is a different time. A renewed interest in leaks since Donald Trump's surprise election victory last fall, and a growth in the use of end-to-end encryption technology, have led news organizations across the country to highlight the multiple high-tech ways you can now send them anonymous tips. The Washington Post , The New York Times and...

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Members of the Illinois Senate return to Springfield  tomorrow. They’re once again expected to vote on a deal meant to end Illinois’ budget stalemate.  The top Republican and Democrat in the Senate have been working on this compromise since December.

Chicago Public Schools officials are seeking a preliminary injunction barring the state of Illinois from disbursing education funds until it adequately funds the state's largest school district.  Faced with a huge deficit and an upcoming teacher pension payment, CEO Forrest Claypool says the Chicago school year could end three weeks early on June 1 if the state doesn't come through with funds.

It's become an annual tradition for NPR to host a live band in our studios for a full day. This year, we upped the ante and invited around 70 musicians from Washington, D.C.'s National Symphony Orchestra to play the musical interludes between stories on All Things Considered.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is seeking to offer more Medicaid services through managed-care programs. The plan involves choosing a vendor that'll provide managed-care services to 80% of Medicaid clients.  That's up from 65% now. 

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The large plastic buckets that Illinois Tollway drivers usually toss change into to pay tolls soon will be eliminated.  Tollway leaders have approved a deal to replace the buckets at toll booths with updated machines. The new machines would have touch screens that can accept credit cards or bills as well as coins.

It's been five years since the death of Trayvon Martin — and the outrage that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.

Martin — 17 years old, black and unarmed — was shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla.

A former Cook County clerk employee who pleaded guilty to lying about an alleged bribe to a company run by the clerk's husband has been sentenced to three years of probation.  Sivasubramani Rajaram pleaded guilty to making a false declaration to a grand jury. The maximum sentence was five years prison. 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged to devote federal resources to combat violent crime and to shore up morale across the nation's police departments, on Monday in his first on-the-record briefing as the top U.S. law enforcement officer.

United Airlines says it's adding new destinations in smaller cities this summer including Champaign. The Chicago-based company announced that it'll start flying dozens of new daily roundtrip flights.  Starting on June 8, there'll be three daily flights between Willard Airport in Champaign and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.   The last time United Express operated through Willard was 1993. 

President Trump's initial budget proposal isn't enough to expand the military in the way he proposed.

Trump campaigned on the need to add tens of thousands more troops to the Army and Marine Corps, field a Navy with 350 warships or more and also to upgrade the Air Force. The $54 billion he's seeking to increase the Defense Department budget this year would represent a funding boost — but not one that would pay for an expansion on the scale Trump endorsed.

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