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6:22 am
Wed October 22, 2014

A Teachable Moment: In Riverview Gardens, Training Ambassadors For Nonviolence

Bernice King speaks with students at Riverview Gardens High School about nonviolence on Sept. 18, 2014

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 10:17 am

This story is the third part of A Teachable Moment, a three-part series that profiles how issues raised by events in Ferguson are being discussed in classrooms across the St. Louis region. 

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6:15 am
Wed October 22, 2014

13th Dist. Candidates Talk NAFTA, Ebola During Springfield Debate

Democrat Ann Callis (left) and Republican Rodney Davis in a WUIS/AARP debate at UIS Tuesday, October 21.

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 8:37 am

Illinois' declining manufacturing sector led to one candidate for congress calling for repeal of a controversial free trade deal.  The North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, has been praised by those who see it as key to opening up new export markets.  But others say it has led to more outsourcing of jobs to other countries.  

Democrat Ann Callis of Edwardsville, who is seeking the 13th Congressional District seat, commented in a Tuesday debate in Springfield that she would support repealing NAFTA. 

Afterward, she walked back those comments:

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3:49 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Race for Illinois Governor raising big money

At least 53 million dollars has been spent so far on the race for Illinois governor making it one of the most expensive match-ups in the nation. Details on a new report shows that most of that comes from relatively few donors. 

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10:53 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Illinois Leads Nation In Improvement in Unemployment

Illinois had one of the stronger showings in the nation in new jobs last month and it led the way nationally with a a 2.5% drop in unemployment from September of last year to September of this year.

Figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show Illinois added more than 19,000 jobs last month, marking the second largest increase in the nation. 

Illinois trailed only Texas in month over month employment.

The biggest gains came in  professional and business services. That includes more accounting jobs which have increased in the Chicago area.  

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7:27 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Illinois' image problem as a bad place for business

The future of Illinois’ business climate is one of the hottest topics in the governor’s race. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner toss it around like a hot potato, claiming credit for themselves while lobbing blame at the other guy. But that hot potato represents real people and real businesses. As part of our “Hey Gov” election series, Illinois Public Radio's Alex Keefe found a lot of them in what once was the fastest-growing county in the whole country.

You don’t have to spend much time in Kendall County before you find places still haunted by the economic downturn.

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7:03 am
Tue October 21, 2014

A Teachable Moment: For Some, Ferguson Is A Matter Of Faith

Chaminade High School Theology Teacher Dan Stout talks with students about protests in Ferguson.

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 11:07 pm

This story is the second part of A Teachable Moment, a three-part series that profiles how issues raised by events in Ferguson are being discussed in classrooms across the St. Louis region. 

From pulpits to protests, a wide cross section of St. Louis’ religious leaders has been deeply involved with demonstrations following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9. And for some teachers at religious schools in St. Louis, talking with students about the protests in Ferguson and Brown’s death is about more than education -- it’s a matter of faith.

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6:45 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Quinn and Rauner face off in final debate

The debate portion of the Illinois governor’s race is over. The last debate gives voters a little clarity.

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7:10 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Task Force Hopes To Help Turn Students Into Good Citizens

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 6:28 pm

Illinois is one of only 10 states where students are not required to take a civics course. A task force of legislators and educators now recommends that students learn not just the history of government, but how to participate in it. 

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4:56 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Gas prices could stay low for winter

Gasoline is now selling for under three-dollars for a gallon of Regular in many parts of Illinois outside of the Chicago area. And more areas could join them soon. 

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7:06 am
Mon October 20, 2014

A Teachable Moment: ‘Adults, We Have Such A Hard Time Having These Conversations’

Vincent Flewellen leads a lesson on Ferguson during his eighth-grade multicultural studies course at Ladue Middle School.

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 10:58 am

This story is the first part of A Teachable Moment, a three-part series that profiles how issues raised by events in Ferguson are being discussed in schools and classrooms across the St. Louis region.

Students were enjoying the last few weeks of summer vacation when mass demonstrations erupted in Ferguson following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown on Aug 9.

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