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Illinois’ Storied History of Choosing Its Second-in-Command

In 2010, lawmakers changed the rules for how the state picks its second-in-command. No longer would voters separately nominate candidates for lieutenant governor and governor in the primary, and hope for a successful match.

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Illinois Lawmaker Looks To Ban AR-15, 'Ghost Guns'

An Illinois proposal has been drafted in response to the deadly shooting at a Florida high school last week. The newly filed measure would ban so-called "ghost guns."

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Rauner Budget Counts On Tax Hike


Five of the six Democrats running for governor met in Springfield for a debate. House Speaker Michael Madigan was once again a hot topic, as the speaker had earlier in the week cut ties with a second aide over allegations of harassment.

Meanwhile, Republicans were distancing themselves from their own problem candidate — one who'd used racial and anti-gay language in a conversation with Republican attorney general candidate Erika Harold.

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Education Desk

Welcome to our weekly roundup of education news. This week, students and teachers made major headlines.

Survivors protest gun laws; Lawmakers offer solutions

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Arts & Life

This weekend, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra presents "Rock Me Amadeus" - Mozart's First Symphony, written at eight years old, and his brilliant Forty-First and final Symphony, plus Tchaikovsky's Neo-Classical Rococo Variations, reflecting his love of Mozart.  The concert, Friday evening at Springfield's First Presbyterian Church, features the ISO's Principal Cellist Ruth Marshall.  Ruth joined the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's Music Director & Conductor Ken Lam and UIS' (and the ISO's) Yona Stamatis for a preview of the concert.

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Since 2016, Marc Nelson has used his artwork to draw attention to the people, often children, affected by the Syrian civil war. He's connected his students with children there through artwork and messages sent via social media, namely Twitter.

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Illinois Economy

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A group of Illinois state legislators want to lower check cashing rates at currency exchanges — while the industry is pushing to raise those rates.


Last summer, the industry told Illinois’ financial regulator it hadn’t been allowed to increase service fees since 2007, and the time had come for a raise. 

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North Korea Says Its Open To Talks With U.S.

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It's not called a snail's pace for nothing, but just how slow is too slow for the mollusk to move? According to a pub in England, hibernation is where they draw the line.

The Dartmoor Union Inn in Devon was promoting a snail racing championship for Saturday, promising guests, "each thrilling race will last about 4 minutes with guests able to bet on their favourite snail."

Proceeds would go toward city emergency services.

Except it's so cold in the United Kingdom that even the snails are hunkering down.

When Boko Haram extremists snatched 276 girls from a boarding school in northeast Nigeria in 2014, the world reacted and rallied around the cry of "bring back our girls." But now, some four years later, it appears to be happening again.

Since this frightened mom crossed the border with her son in early 2017, fleeing gang violence in El Salvador, she has felt bewildered by the vast complicated immigration system in the United States.

NPR is not using her name for her protection.

Updated at 1:10 p.m. ET

A version of this story was originally posted by member station KQED.

Before U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein could finish her speech at the California Democratic Party convention Saturday, the music began playing to indicate she had used her allotted time.


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This I Believe: Where is Home?

I believe that being “homeless” is a choice. Yes, that is honestly what I believe but let me explain.

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2018 Tiny Desk Live @ NPR Illinois

All musicians considered. No matter what genre you play or how long you’ve been making music, NPR Illinois and Bedrock 66 invite all unsigned local artists to a special recording to enter into NPR’s 2018 Tiny Desk Contest.

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Illinois Issues

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Women Rising: The Push For Gender Parity In State Government

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, as well as the 2016 election, have sparked renewed passion for electing women to office in Illinois.

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A Call For Immunization

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The Radium Girls: An Illinois Tragedy


Finding Strength In Shared Stories Of Childhood Sexual Abuse

New Bethany Home for Girls in Arcadia, La., opened in the early 1970s as a religious reform school for, as its founder said, "the incorrigible, unwanted rejects" who "haven't been loved and haven't had a chance in life." Over the next three decades, law enforcement officials repeatedly investigated claims of physical and psychological child abuse at the school. Joanna Wright was 16 years old when she first arrived at New Bethany in the 1970s. She says she had been sexually abused as a child...

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Search For Buried Treasure Linked To Illinois Man's Death At Yellowstone

Last summer, 53-year-old Jeff Murphy was hiking in Yellowstone National Park when he disappeared . Park investigators found his body on June 9, where Murphy had fallen 500 feet from Turkey Pen Peak, after accidentally stepping into a chute. But he wasn't on just any hike. He was looking for a treasure box of gold and jewels worth up to $2 million, buried somewhere in the Rocky Mountains by an eccentric millionaire named Forrest Fenn. Fenn, an art dealer and millionaire in his 80s, lives in...

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Continued Interest

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Rauner Budget Doesn’t Use 'Pixie Dust,' But It’s Fanciful Nonetheless

Commentary: The governor's plan would rely on some iffy savings from shifting pensions costs to schools and universities and getting state workers to pay more for their health care.

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Jorge Ramos On Being A 'Stranger'

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The Dueling Memos

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The Trump administration unleashed a flood of outrage earlier this month after unveiling a proposal to overhaul the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps. The plan would replace half the benefits people receive with boxed, nonperishable – not fresh – foods chosen by the government, not the people eating them.

Democrats Release Their Own Memo

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In his latest book, "The Undressing," poet Li-Young Lee explores the beauty and violence of human relationships and connection.


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Announcing The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest It's time to crank up the amps, warm up the drum machines, dust off the sax (or whatever your instrument of choice is) and enter the Tiny Desk Contest . When we started the contest in 2014, we did it for one simple reason: We love discovering new music. And since then, this contest has been an amazing way to do just that. I've been thrilled to discover new artists from around the country and hear some unforgettable music through your videos. I've...

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Classical Music's Greatest Love Stories, On And Offstage Classical music has plenty of infamous fictional couples: Dido and Aeneas, Mimì and Rodolfo, and of course, Romeo and Juliet. "The thing about fictional love stories in music is that, especially in opera, most of them end very badly, you know, with the lovers singing heartrending arias just before they die," says Miles Hoffman, The American Chamber Players...

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