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Order of Lincoln Awards recognize faces of Peoria

The six Order of Lincoln award recipients for the year largely hail from Peoria. The Order of Lincoln award is the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner named this year’s winners in celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Nancy Goodman Brinker, Robert Gilmore, Ray LaHood and Kevin Stein are among the list of Order of Lincoln award winners. NPR’s Scott Simon is also named among the winners. The award recognizes those...
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Illinois gets extension to determine flooding damage

SPRINGFIELD, Il. (AP) - Illinois has received additional time to determine whether to seek a federal disaster declaration for early-winter floods. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says its federal counterpart has extended by two weeks a Friday deadline to make such a request. The state agency had sought to push the deadline back to mid-March. Federal Emergency Management Agency workers came to Illinois early this month to work with the U.S. Small Business Administration, IEMA and...
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Major Powers Call For 'Cessation Of Hostilities' In Syria — But It's Complicated

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced late Thursday that they had agreed to push for a "nationwide cessation of hostilities" in Syria within one week.The communiqué backed by major world powers also vowed to work toward getting humanitarian aid into hard-to-reach areas such as the city of Aleppo.But major questions remain about what this will actually mean on the ground in a country torn apart by five years of war.The announcement happened...
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Terry Farley remembers her first boyfriend: Steve Downey. The year was 1971. She was 14, he was 16.

"He was my first love, the first boy I ever kissed, the first boy I ever held hands with and he was hard to forget," Farley tells NPR's Rachel Martin in the Valentine's Day edition of For the Record.

Genya Ravan's name has always been a hurdle: strangers tend to stress the wrong syllable, or reduce it to something more conventional. (Jimmy Fallon once casually referred to her as "Gina.")

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly on Saturday. We spoke to NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg about his life, legacy and what's next.

1. Let's talk about Scalia's legal perspective. He was known as a proponent of originalism. Can you tell us a bit about that?

Originalism, as defined by Justice Scalia and others, is that what is in the Constitution literally is what the founding fathers meant.

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Antonin Scalia's Legacy

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Let's finish up today talking about last year's box office juggernaut. You know you saw it, maybe more than once.

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, perhaps the leading voice of uncompromising conservatism on the nation's highest court, was found dead Saturday, Chief Justice John Roberts has confirmed. Scalia, who had been staying at a luxury ranch in West Texas, was 79 years old.

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