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State News
6:57 am
Wed October 30, 2013

ISBE Chair says state needs to bridge the digital divide in schools

The chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education says Illinois needs to immediately address the digital divide in the state’s schools, and it’s not just about learning. 

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Government
5:36 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

IL lawmakers: don’t use internet for finding adoptive kids new home

Illinois lawmakers are trying to stop guardians from using the internet to get rid of their adoptive kids - without any oversight.  

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Education
5:14 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Astronaut speaks from space to U of I students

Credit Sean Powers/ Illinois Public Radio

A NASA astronaut who graduated from the University of Illinois spoke to U of I students Tuesday from orbit. IPR’s Sean Powers reports:
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Government
5:11 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Report: Illinois close to deficit spending

Illinois does not have enough cash in the bank to pay five billion dollars’ worth of its bills. The state is contributing a fifth of its spending on pensions, after years of skipping out, to the point that Illinois' retirement systems are owed 100 billion dollars.  And Illinois' budget structure is not equipped to handle it. That’s the takeaway of a report released by the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs. The report explores what Illinois can do to get on a path of fiscal stability.  

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Politics
5:08 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Former Gov. Otto Kerner subject of conference

A day-long conference in Springfield Saturday will look at the public and private life of former governor Otto Kerner.  His time in office during the 1960's resulted in numerous accomplishments, but he is probably best remembered for having served time in prison.  

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Government
5:05 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Driver’s license pilot to launch for immigrants living illegally

Immigrants living in Illinois who entered the U.S. illegally may begin applying for a state driver's license in December. Secretary of State Jesse White says a pilot program will begin at four state driver services facilities. The full rollout at 21 other locations is scheduled for January.  White says it will improve safety, because in order for it to be recognized as valid, someone with temporary visitors' drivers' license must have insurance.

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State News
9:11 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Leaders make business case for immigration overhaul

Leaders from across Illinois are becoming more vocal about their desire for Congress to approve an immigration overhaul. Staying outside of the political debate, mayors and university officials have a common theme in their message: a comprehensive bill would provide a boost to local communities. Illinois Public Radio’s Mike Moen has more:

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Government
5:00 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Pantries feel effects of food stamp reductions

Food pantries and homeless shelters say they're beginning to notice repercussions of a reduction in food stamps that will take effect this Friday.  A temporary hike in benefits that kicked in during the recession expires this week.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more.
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Courts
4:20 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

New IL Chief Justice takes seat

The Illinois Supreme Court has a new chief justice.  Rita Garman is the second woman in that role.

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Entertainment
3:36 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Steven Spielberg gives props to Springfield, literally.

A piece of Hollywood is coming to Illinois. Director Steven Spielberg is sending props and sets from the movie “Lincoln” to be part of a new exhibit at Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more.
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