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8:11 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Illinois prep sports body exaggerating suit's impact

A new plaintiff's filing in a class-action head injury lawsuit against the governing body of Illinois prep sports has asked a judge to let the litigation move forward. 

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State News
11:16 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

House Passes Portions of Budget

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 4:34 am

Democrats are moving forward with a new state budget. The House passed a huge chunk of it on Tuesday.

The Democrats' budget includes funding many programs the governor planned to cut, even though Illinois is short about $3 billion to pay for all of that spending.

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State News
11:16 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

University Presidents Lobby State Lawmakers As Budget Heats Up

The University of Illinois' new president, Timothy Killeen, speaks with University of Illinois Springfield staff at the UIS graduation.

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 10:09 pm

Heavyweights from each of Illinois' public universities gathered for a rare meeting at the state Capitol yesterday.

It's thought to be the first time leaders from all nine state schools have collectively met with the governor's office and the leaders in the General Assembly.

The University of Illinois' new President, Tim Killeen, says they didn't go into specifics about the budget.

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State News
5:42 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Champaign news anchor dies of brain cancer

Dave Benton
Credit WCIA

Champaign TV news anchor Dave Benton has died, about a year and half after telling viewers he had brain cancer.  

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State News
5:16 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Canoeist who drowned going after cat in Illinois lake IDed

Police have identified a man who drowned in a northern Illinois lake while trying to save a cat.  The Lake County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 46-year-old William Anderson of Ingleside.

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State News
5:00 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Democrats show priorities as they advance 2016 budget plan

Pieces of Illinois Democrats' proposed state budget are coming into focus as lawmakers begin advancing them in the Legislature ahead of a scheduled Sunday adjournment. 

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State News
4:50 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

McLean County maintenance worker dies in elevator accident

 Authorities say a maintenance mechanic has died in a central Illinois elevator accident.

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State News
4:44 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Illinois needs a new prison chief

Criminal justice advocates say Illinois’ next prison chief needs to be dedicated to reducing the prison population.

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State News
4:22 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

General Assembly may leave Energy policies unresolved

Despite huge pushes to alter Illinois' energy policies, it appears none will advance before the end of the month when the General Assembly is set to adjourn.  

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4:06 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Democrats propose smaller budget cut for higher education

Higher education will see a funding cut next year, but Democrats want to lessen the impact compared to what the Republican governor called for. 

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