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In the week since his budget address, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has done little to promote his plan or defend it from attacks by Democrats. That’s a significant departure from last year.

Back then, Rauner toured the state, highlighting his call for greater funding of public schools. This year, he took a ski vacation in Utah.

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Education Desk

On Wednesday, the Trump administration made big news around the rights of transgender students. But what exactly changed?

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Health+Harvest Desk

There are very few scenarios where I could see myself considering the flesh of a fellow human being as food, and the ultimatum "eat today or die tomorrow" comes up in all of them. Most people are probably with me on this.

But Bill Schutt's newest book, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History, reveals that from a scientific perspective, there's a predictable calculus for when humans and animals go cannibal. And far more humans — and animals — have dipped into the world of cannibalism than you might have imagined.

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Arts & Life

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UIS' Yona Stamatis talks with guest conductor Ken Lam about this weekend's Illinois Symphony Orchestra concert: "Beautiful Beethoven".

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Equity

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Champaign-Urbana is the only city in Illinois, other than Chicago, to have an official chapter of the Black Lives Matter organization. Evelyn Reynolds has been heading it.

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President Trump's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos struck a defiant tone in brief remarks before conservative activists at a political conference outside Washington, D.C. But she held back on the administration's rescinding of Obama administration guidance to schools on transgender rights.

"This issue was a very huge example of Obama administration overreach, one-size-fits-all approach to issues best solved at personal and local level," DeVos told the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, after brief remarks.

With guest host Ray Suarez.

If man and machine really do become one, will data destroy democracy, humanism, and our souls? One historian’s view of the future.

With guest host Ray Suarez.

Democrats hold leadership elections Saturday for the party’s national committee. After Trump’s election, how do they rebuild and start winning again?

After working mostly as a behind-the-scenes guy on Chappelle's Show and Inside Amy Schumer, Neal Brennan is now stepping out as a performer.

The headlines are everywhere today: Americans trust the news media more than they do President Trump.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows that 52 percent of registered voters said they trust the news media more than Trump to tell them "the truth about important issues." Only 37 percent say they choose Trump.

Never underestimate a tiger, no matter how fat.

It's an enduring truth we'd all do well to remember — and one that attendants at a tiger enclosure in China's Heilongjiang province have learned all over again.

On Wednesday, the Trump administration made big news around the rights of transgender students. But what exactly changed?

There are reports Thursday of heavy fighting between Iraqi forces and ISIS, which still controls the western section of Mosul. The fight has centered around the city’s airport.

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President Trump’s policies on immigration, refugees and more have prompted millions of people to take to the streets. Many of them are first-time protesters.

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Champaign-Urbana is the only city in Illinois, other than Chicago, to have an official chapter of the Black Lives Matter organization. Evelyn Reynolds has been heading it.

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This I Believe Illinois

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This I Believe: Being Fluffy And Fabulous

“Beauty is a state of mind, not a state of the body.” Society portrays that in order to be beautiful you have to be skinny and have the perfect body. Women are made to believe this because they cannot help but see it everywhere.

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The First 100 Days

President Trump's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos struck a defiant tone in brief remarks before conservative activists at a political conference outside Washington, D.C. But she held back on the administration's rescinding of Obama administration guidance to schools on transgender rights.

"This issue was a very huge example of Obama administration overreach, one-size-fits-all approach to issues best solved at personal and local level," DeVos told the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, after brief remarks.

The headlines are everywhere today: Americans trust the news media more than they do President Trump.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows that 52 percent of registered voters said they trust the news media more than Trump to tell them "the truth about important issues." Only 37 percent say they choose Trump.

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U of I Fascism Historian On "Fake News" & Falsehoods

Manipulation of the truth has long been a tool commonly used by political leaders throughout the Western world, says Peter Fritzsche , a history professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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Illinois Issues

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Illinois Issues: Civil Asset Forfeiture Critics Complain Innocent People Pay

Disparate entities say laws in this area need to change at the state and national levels.

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Trump's Election Drives More Women To Consider Running For Office

Will the election of Donald Trump, who once boasted of grabbing women by the genitalia and has a history of sexist remarks, create a wave of female candidates at all levels of government in the coming years? Early signs from the groups that work with women considering a bid for office suggest a level of intense interest not seen in at least a quarter century. Kate Noble had never considered getting involved in politics until she woke up the day after Trump's surprise victory over Hillary...

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