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Turnover In Trump's White House Is 'Record-Setting,' And It Isn't Even Close

If President Trump's first year in office seemed chaotic from a staffing perspective, there's a reason. Turnover among top-level staff in the Trump White House was off the charts, according to a new Brookings Institution report . Turnover in Trump's first year was more than triple that in former President Barack Obama's first year, and double the rate in President Ronald Reagan's White House. A full 34 percent of high-level White House aides either resigned, were fired or moved into different...

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Rep. Shimkus Talks Budget as Possible Shutdown Looms

Without a new spending bill the federal government will partially shut down at midnight tonight . The House yesterday passed a stopgap to keep the government funded until February 16 th , but it doesn’t look like that bill has enough votes to pass the Senate. Republican John Shimkus represents Illinois’ 15 th Congressional District, which is made up of all or parts of 33 counties in central and southern Illinois. He spoke with Illinois Public Media's Niala Boodhoo , host of the daily talk...

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Women's Marches Across The Country Will Focus On The Vote

On Sunday, people around the country will mark one year since the Women's March on Washington, D.C. Last year it brought hundreds of thousands of liberals to the capital, many wearing pink knitted caps in solidarity. Others marched in hundreds of cities and towns across the United States and more than 80 other countries. Last year's march was definitively in protest of President Trump, coming just a day after his inauguration. A year on, the organizers of that national march are marking the...

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The November election race for Illinois governor cost $28 million just for the last three months of 2017. Campaign finance disclosure reports filed this week show that $9 of every $10 was spent by two candidates - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker.

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The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport is celebrating 2017 passenger numbers. More than 635,000 people flew through PIA last year, making it the third busiest year in the airport’s history.

With the death of biologist Mathilde Krim on Monday, at the age of 91 at her home in New York, the world lost a pioneering scientist, activist and fundraiser in AIDS research. She is being widely praised this week for her clarity, compassion and leadership.

Amid the panic, confusion and discrimination of the HIV epidemic's earliest days, Krim stood out — using science and straight talk, in the 1980s and beyond, to dispel fear, stigma, and misinformation among politicians and the public.

Illinois lawmakers are warning the state is at risk of losing millions of dollars meant to bring fast internet to remote schools.

The federal government will help pay for fiber optic cables — if Illinois comes up with 16 million dollars in matching funds.

State Senator Sam McCann, a Republican from Plainview, is among lawmakers asking Governor Bruce Rauner to include the funds in next year’s budget.

IL Pollution Control Board Eyes Changes to Standards

Jan 17, 2018
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The Illinois Pollution Control Board is taking public input on proposed rule changes Wednesday and Thursday in Peoria.

Environmental, respiratory-health and social advocates are urging the Board to uphold existing Multi-Pollutant Standards.

Dynegy, the Texas-based owner of Edwards Power station in Peoria County is seeking the rule changes opponents say could more than double air pollution.

Illinois public health officials are reporting a second case of measles in a person who was at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday said this case is unrelated to a case reported last week at the airport. The department says there isn't a measles outbreak at O'Hare.

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