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Education
4:32 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

U of I trustees to consider 1.7-percent tuition hike

University of Illinois trustees later this month will consider raising tuition 1.7 percent for next school year. The university announced the proposed increase on Monday as a committee of trustees reviewed it. The full board of trustees would have to approve the proposal at its next meeting on Jan. 23. The proposal would raise the cost of a year of tuition for in-state students to $12,036 in Urbana-Champaign, $10,584 in Chicago and $9,405 in Springfield.

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Government
3:36 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Lawmakers question state DCFS on abuse cases

More Illinois children are dying from abuse or neglect.  And Monday - Illinois state senators once again asked the state’s child welfare agency what’s being done about it.  

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State News
1:06 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Springfield man hopes to enter race for 13th Congressional District

Josh Dill
Credit Lincoln Liberty Party

A Springfield man wants to join the race for the 13th Congressional District. Josh Dill wants to run as a third party candidate. He's formed the Lincoln Liberty Party. 

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State News
7:16 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Another deadline approaching for those who haven't signed up for insurance

It has been roughly two weeks since the first batch of consumers who signed up for the Affordable Care Act have been able to use their insurance. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, another deadline is approaching.

Consumers who signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act by Christmas saw their new benefits kick in Jan. 1. There's no telling how many Illinois residents that is: the government hasn't released enrollment numbers for December. But insurers and so-called navigators, who are charged with helping people sign up, reported a last-minute rush. 

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State News
7:08 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Some GOP candidates for gov. attack Rauner through the media

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.
Credit BruceRauner.com

Republican candidates for Illinois governor are criticizing Bruce Rauner the best way they can afford to -- through the media. IPR'S Tony Arnold reports.

State Senator Bill Brady held a press conference Sunday to criticize Bruce Rauner for a variety of reasons. From Rauner’s multiple stances on the minimum wage…To his private equity firm’s ties to a convicted politician...To Rauner’s alleged influence used to get his child into an exclusive Chicago school.

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Storms
4:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Quinn: Central Illinois needs FEMA help

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is appealing the federal government’s decision to reject funding for cleanup from last year’s tornadoes.  FEMA - the Federal Emergency Management Agency - approved money to go toward businesses and individuals.  But it denied federal aid to local units of government that were hit by November’s tornadoes.  Quinn says the region around Central Illinois needs the money.

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State News
12:19 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Tremont Middle and High Schools placed on lockdown

Tremont Middle and High Schools were put on lockdown this morning after bullet casings were found on the high school side of the facility. The lockdown was in effect from about 9:20 until about noon. 

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State News
10:16 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Questions surround possible Amtrack service in northwest Il

Credit Wikipedia

Amtrak is coming off a record year for ridership. And it still hopes to re-establish service in northwest Illinois. That was supposed to happen near the end of this year. But supporters wonder if the project will get off the ground by then. Some also wonder if the new route will attract enough customers to sustain itself. IIllinois Public Radio's Mike Moen reports:

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State News
7:02 am
Fri January 10, 2014

5th Republican running for gov. kicked off ballot

You may have heard by now about the four Republicans running for governor, but there was a fifth too. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, he has been kicked off the ballot.

By this point in the campaign, reporters on the political beat have received loads of press releases from most of the statewide candidates. But not Peter Edward Jones, who had tried running for the GOP nomination for governor.

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Business
5:03 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Will Velveeta cheese survive football playoffs?

The soft processed cheese product Velveeta is manufactured at the Kraft Foods plant in Champaign. But can they make enough of it, in light of reports of a possible Velveeta shortage during the football playoffs? 

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