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Rauner Demands School Funding Bill Now

Lawmakers approved a state budget more than a week ago. But the education portion remains uncertain. For the money to flow, Democrats added a provision that requires enactment of a new school funding plan . Democrats have passed such a plan through both chambers, but Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, says he’ll veto parts of it.

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Illinois' constitution has been in place since 1970.  But there's an effort to draft a new one.  Republican representative Tim Butler of Springfield has introduced a plan to hold another constitutional convention. 

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Adults in Illinois who failed to graduate from high school still can earn a General Educational Development certificate, also known as a G-E-D.  But legislation approved by the General Assembly would provide what some consider to be a better alternative. 

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The Un-Pretty History Of Georgia's Iconic Peach

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During peach season, Georgia's roads are dotted with farm stands selling fresh peaches. Year-round, tourist traps sell mugs, hats, shirts and even snow globes with peaches on them. At the beginning of the Georgia peach boom, one of Atlanta's major roads was renamed Peachtree Street. But despite its associations with perfectly pink-orange peaches, "The Peach State" of Georgia is neither the biggest peach producing state (that honor goes to California) nor are peaches its biggest crop.

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In an attempt to reach a younger and more diverse audience, the largest and most well-known Latino advocacy group in the U.S., the National Council of La Raza, renamed itself this month. The new name, UnidosUS, was announced at the group's 2017 conference in Phoenix. This has caused a rift in the U.S. Latino community — some see it as shedding a dated name, but others see it as leaving a legacy behind.

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Sean Crawford talks with State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis.

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Xanda, Son Of Cecil The Lion, Also Killed

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It appears that the six-year-old son of Cecil the Lion has met with the same fate as his father, two years after the famed lion's killing at the hands of a trophy hunter sparked a global outcry.

Xanda was killed near Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park on July 7, according to the Oxford scientists who were tracking him with a GPS collar like the one they used to track his father.

Citing concern for the nearly 800,000 young immigrants who've been granted protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra and 19 of his colleagues are asking President Trump to keep the program running.

Charges and counter-charges by the White House and top Democrats endured into Friday as the two sides continued trying to work the referees like hard-bitten NBA coaches in the playoffs.

Friday News Roundup - International

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Syria’s rebels can expect much less help from the CIA. The White House threatens new sanctions against Iran & Venezuela. And Australia reacts to the fatal police shooting of a woman in Minneapolis.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

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If the news this week has left you with questions, you’re not alone:

“How do you take a job and then recuse yourself?” President Donald Trump asked about Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a revealing interview in the New York Times. But even though his boss seems to regret hiring him, Sessions says he’s not going anywhere.

More than half of female murder victims were killed in connection to intimate partner violence — and in 10 percent of those cases, violence shortly before the murder might have provided an opportunity for intervention.

That's according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, published Thursday, that takes a close look at the homicides of women.

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When Democracies Choose Authoritarianism

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Breaking Down the Crisis in Venezuela

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Illinois Issues Forum on the state budget and the challenges ahead at the Peoria City Hall.
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WATCH-LISTEN: Peoria State Budget Forum

NPR Illinois continued its listening tour on the state's fiscal health co-hosting an Illinois Issues Forum in Peoria on July 20. Community members attended to tell how they have been impacted by the state budget impasse.

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Illinois Issues: The Battle Over Transparency And Privacy In The Digital Age

The issue pits business interests against privacy concerns. For Carolyn Parrish, a privacy professional based in Evanston, data privacy is just as important in her personal, everyday life, as it is to keeping her business running.

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'Dunkirk' Director Christopher Nolan: 'We Really Try To Put You On That Beach'

In England, theres something known as the Dunkirk spirit, shorthand for coming together in times of adversity. It refers to the heroic evacuation of British troops by British civilians in small boats at the beginning of World War II — and its a story director Christopher Nolan has wanted to tell for a long time. Youve got 400,000 men on this beach [in Dunkirk, France], pretty much within sight of England; the enemy closing in on all sides, Nolan says. And they were faced with really the...

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