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Early Voting Gets Late Start In Some IL Districts

Early voting in this year’s primary election came a little late in some parts of Illinois. But officials say the polls are now officially open statewide. Matt Dietrich on the reason behind the early voting delays in some Illinois districts.

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Higher Ed On The Hot Seat

A panel of state senators today heard budget requests from agencies representing colleges and universities, and lawmakers took the opportunity to ask why neighboring states are able to lure so many Illinois students away. The answer is pretty simple: Other Big 10 schools offer financial considerations that Illinois' flagship campus can't match.

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'America's Pastor' Billy Graham Dies At 99

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_UzzA1Plag https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ggT3lqhNXY Billy Graham, the most famous minister of his era, died Wednesday at his home in Montreat, N.C., spokesman Todd Shearer tells NPR. In his 99 years, Graham changed the face of evangelical Christianity in America. Though he spent his final years in failing health and largely silent at his mountaintop cabin in North Carolina, Graham for more than six decades was in constant motion. He preached to more than...

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TERRY GROSS, BYLINE: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies, in for Terry Gross, who's off this week.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "COCO")

ANTHONY GONZALEZ: (As Miguel Rivera) Abuelita runs our house just like Mama Imelda did.

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TERRY GROSS, BYLINE: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies, in for Terry Gross, who's off this week.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "COCO")

ANTHONY GONZALEZ: (As Miguel Rivera) Abuelita runs our house just like Mama Imelda did.

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"We are well on our way to solving the horrible problem" of mass shootings, President Trump said Friday at a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House.

I think I'm coming down with something.

Usually that means I prepare a mug of tea, add a spoonful of honey kept solely for such occasions, and add a dash of lemon juice. This elixir, I've been told, will soothe my sore throat and coax my raspy voice back to normalcy. But does it actually work?

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PEORIA, Ill. - A Pekin man is set to be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to charges that he defrauded an elderly person out of nearly $100,000.

 

The U.S. Attorney's office says the case of 42-year-old Deryl Wright is one of 250 defendants across the country to be charged as a result of a coordinated effort by federal and local law enforcement agencies to combat elder fraud.

 

The South Korean women's curling team, hometown rock stars of these Winter Games, put on quite a show for a rollicking arena in Pyeongchang on Friday. The team defeated Japan in the semifinals, 8-7, claiming the nail-biter victory only after both teams went tied into an extra end.

  CHICAGO - The Illinois Attorney General warns that a social media scam is soliciting personal information with promises of "free money" through her office.

 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she received complaints of fake Facebook and Instagram accounts falsely claiming association with her office. The accounts provide links to get "free money" through government grant funding.

 

Florida's Republican governor is calling for a range of measures that aim to prevent shootings like the one that occurred last week in Parkland, Fla., where 17 students and staff were killed.

In a news conference Friday in Tallahassee, Rick Scott said he wants new laws and programs that fall into three categories: gun laws, school safety and mental health.

This week, our guests are Sarah Salazar-Martin and Trevor Bety. They're the director and assistant director, respectively, of "Dead Man's Cell Phone" at Bradley University Theatre. The play tells the story of a woman who answers a stranger's phone, and finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into that man's life. Along the way, it explores issues of connection, isolation and intimacy. Salazar-Martin and Bety say that those themes have particular resonance for a generation that has grown up with smart phones and their promise of instant, ubiquitous communication.

A panel of state senators today heard budget requests from agencies representing colleges and universities, and lawmakers took the opportunity to ask why neighboring states are able to lure so many Illinois students away.

 

The answer is pretty simple: Other Big 10 schools offer financial considerations that Illinois' flagship campus can't match.

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