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When a police officer is injured, getting them medical help is expected.  But what about when that officer is a K-9?  A new Illinois law allows E-M-T's to transport the dog to a veterinarian for treatment. 

A former UIS employee was arrested for the campus  burglaries reported on December 18th. 

This year marks the 31st annual First Night celebration of the arts in downtown Springfield. 

New Law Will Force Insurers To Pay Death Benefits

Dec 26, 2017
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Beginning in 2018, insurance companies must become more diligent in notifying beneficiaries of life insurance policies

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A law taking effect January first is meant to force Illinois government to be more honest about its money problems.

While across the country hate crime rates rose after the presidential election, Illinois has passed some laws addressing the issue. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center and FBI statistics - the last quarter of 2016 saw hate crimes go up more than 25% in the U.S.

Advocates say progress was made this year when it comes to rights of Illinois residents who are LGBTQ+.

Gov. Bruce Rauner requested a sit-down with the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune, and covered a range of grievances in his hour-long conversation.

He blamed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for not supporting the governor's agenda, he said House Republicans were not principled enough, and he seemed disappointed that Illinois no longer had a crisis he could leverage to pass his business-friendly, union-weakening agenda.

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In Illinois, the number of people getting insurance through the ACA has, for the most part, remained the same since its launch.  About 350,000 people have been receiving coverage and the same goes for 2018 despite the lack of effort by President Trump’s administration to encourage enrollment.

If you’ve got a recent college graduate on your gift list, you might be interested in the results of a survey conducted by the finance firm Lend Edu. They asked people with student loans whether they’d rather get a holiday gift or an equal value payment toward that debt. We decided to take that poll for a tiny test drive with two recent college grads, who gave us plenty of food for thought.

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Many of us enjoy a party on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, but for a few wealthy Illinois residents, Jan. 2 will be the day to celebrate. Beginning at 8 a.m., on a first-come, first-served basis, they can reserve a hefty tax credit in return for their donation to a private school.

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Illinois lawmakers ended the state budget impasse and made big changes to how the state pays for public schools. The state also wrestled with the debate over abortion and a nationwide rise in hate incidents.

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

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John Schmidt, who was recently named to the 4th District Appellate Court, died this morning.

You’re going to hear a lot of Christmas songs between now and December 25th. And you may hear one that features a little boy asking Santa to replace his two central incisors, after losing them in a slide down the banister. The vocalist that made that song famous was George Rock, a trumpeter hailing from the central Illinois town of Farmer City.

Thieves Target UIS

Dec 18, 2017
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Thieves targeted the University of Illinois in Springfield early Monday morning. Several computer hard drives and monitors were damaged or stolen from the school’s main library and Public Affairs Center.

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With the holidays around the corner, NPR Illinois will broadcast a couple December traditions listeners of the station will find familiar. 

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Illinois lawmakers acted quickly last month in response to sexual harassment allegations at the statehouse.  But several female legislators say this isn't a quick fix.  They say the process was rushed and not enough thought was given to explore alternative options.

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat, says the new policies were not inclusive of everyone affected by the issue—such as legislative staff and lobbyists. She says she hopes newly formed legislative task forces in the House and Senate will resolve this concern. 

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80% of the families served through Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County consist of women and their children. Shayne Squires is the development manager for the organization. She says a new initiative wants to build a home funded entirely by women - and built by them as well.

Over the last few years, 13 residents of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy have died from Legionnaires’ disease. Public radio station WBEZ this week published an investigation into problems at the home. The political reaction was swift, with calls for investigations that could last well into next year.

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Some visitors to downtown Springfield have been met with a surprise this year. It’s a welcome one for fans of the blues and soul music.

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A preview of this weekend's Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra concert at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield.  UIS Professor of Ethnomusicology Yona Stamatis talks with Ken Lam, Conductor and Music Director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

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In the midst of the national #metoo phenomenon, Illinois women wrestle with their own experiences.

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With roughly three months to go until Illinois' primary election, there are seven men seeking the Democratic Party's nomination to be governor of Illinois.

One of the key questions facing primary voters: To counter the vast wealth of incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, do Democrats need their own billionaire at the top of the ticket?

Brian Mackey explores the potential upsides — and downsides — of an ultra-wealthy candidate.

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Even though the primary election is over three months away, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful J.B. Pritzker has already notched a win. Pritzker was selected to be first on the primary ballot among the seven candidates running. 

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After passing their respective tax overhaul bills, the U.S. House and Senate are trying to reconcile the differences in their legislation. While they do that, President Trump makes a renewed pitch to the American people about the importance of overhauling the tax code.

Environmental groups in Illinois are renewing their push to stop fracking in Illinois before it starts. 

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Every second Tuesday of the month, a roots or folk act plays at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. It's a series that kicked off earlier this year and now has funding through 2019.

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

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