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State News
6:27 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Gifford begins recovery process

Credit Sean Powers / WILL

In Gifford, in Champaign County, one resident Tuesday compared the destruction from Sunday's storms to a war zone.  Marc Schudel says he saw the tornado coming over a neighbor’s house and was half-way down the basement stairs when debris started flying. 

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State News
6:23 am
Tue November 19, 2013

150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address

Tuesday marks the one-hundred-fiftieth anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, an occasion observed at the start of the day at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.  

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State News
7:01 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Webster challenges White for IL Sec. of State

Illinois' longtime secretary of state finally has at least one challenger in next year's election. Republican Mike Webster says he'll take on Democrat Jesse White.

White is seeking his fifth term as secretary of state. He's a formidable opponent -- winning each of his four elections by double-digit margins, and once carrying all of Illinois' 102 counties.

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State News
6:57 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Two tornados hit Champaign County

Sean Powers WILL

There were dozens of reported tornados Sunday across the state, including two in Champaign County that hit at almost the same time. Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers arrived in Gifford Sunday just as the skies were clearing, and the cleanup was beginning. 

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Environment
6:03 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Western Illinois bats used in Whitenose Syndrome research

Whitenose Syndrome has devastated bat populations across the U.S.  Now a researcher is hoping to answer some lingering questions about the disease by looking at bats in western Illinois.  IPR’s Scott Stuntz reports:

Business
6:01 am
Mon November 18, 2013

A look at Galesburg’s Sustainable Business Center

The newest tenant at Galesburg’s Sustainable Business Center is a coffee shop called Jerry’s Mojo.  However, the owner is only at the Center when he parks the shop at the end of the day.  IPR’s Scott Stuntz explains:

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Medical
6:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Healthcare reform could add to need for more doctors

The new health care law could contribute to a need for more primary care doctors.  

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Politics
5:52 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Kirk takes flak from group opposing homosexuality

Illinois Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is taking flak from a group that opposes homosexuality after Kirk abruptly cancelled its Capitol Hill symposium.  

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State News
3:07 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

State DCFS head resigns post

The head of Illinois’ troubled child welfare system resigned Friday.  A press release from the governor’s office says the director has been diagnosed with cancer.  The resignation comes in the wake of recent media reports on the child welfare system, including an investigation on child deaths by WBEZ  and the Chicago Sun-Times.  

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State News
5:51 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Moody's monitoring the U of I

A financial expert at the University of Illinois says bond rating agency Moody’s is keeping a close eye on the school due to the state’s ongoing pension crisis. 

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