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Hammond Calls Gov's Higher Ed Budget "Non-Starter"

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's budget proposal this year recommends funding higher education at 85% of what the state provided in fiscal year 2015. State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) said that's not enough.

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Breanna Descourouez

Macomb area children ages 9-to-14 can learn about science and technology by building robots using Legos.  They do so in the First Lego League Robotics Club put on by Genesis Garden, 4-H, Western Illinois University, and the University of Illinois’ extension office.

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The Lee County Attorney's Office is dismissing most of the remaining charges against the people arrested last fall during the weeks-long protest against the Dakota Access Crude Oil Pipeline.

Rich Egger

I am a proud product of public schooling. I learned how to read in public schools. I was encouraged to explore the world around me, find books that I loved and learn about a variety of different people and cultures.

The Illinois Senate made progress Tuesday on its so-called grand bargain.

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President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress for the first time  Tuesday evening at the Capitol. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs.

NPR's Sarah McCammon recently wrote a piece for Nieman Reports that recommends media outlets hire more journalists who work outside major cities.  McCammon grew up in the Midwest and her career includes a stint at Iowa Public Radio.  

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During a trip to Macomb, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called out her home state and the federal government for not making college more affordable.

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On a brisk and busy January morning at the Oklahoma National Stockyards, cattle arrive for auction in trailers pulled by pickup trucks — and leave in double-decker cars towed by semis.

T.J. Carson

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) recently started her third term by taking on a bigger role in her party. She is one of the three co-chairs of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

Rich Egger

City revenue is down by about $427,000 this fiscal year that what was projected. City Administrator Dean Torreson said the city took in less revenue in four key areas.

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Celebration Concerts

Don Stiernberg Trio, 7:00pm March 4, Vallillo/Holtz Performance Studio

While still in his teens, Don Stiernberg learned to play the mandolin from the innovative and influential virtuoso Jethro Burns. Jethro referred to Don as his "graduate student", hired him to play in his band, and guided him to a career as a professional musician which has already lasted for decades.

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President Donald Trump's pick to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, testified in a confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture committee today, but remains far from the head job at USDA.

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"For most of our trafficking victims this is kind of where we're going to start," says Jamie Manzer, as she gives a tour of the SASA (Spouse Abuse Sexual Assault) Crisis Center, where she worked until recently.

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After court documents unsealed Tuesday raised questions about its research methods, chemical giant Monsanto said it did not ghostwrite a 2000 study on the safety of glyphosate, the active ingredient in its flagship pesticide Roundup.

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This story is part of the special series United And Divided, which explores the links and rifts between rural and urban America.

Rural voters overwhelmingly chose President Donald Trump in the presidential election. But when it comes to the central campaign promise to get tough on trade, rural voters are not necessarily in sync with the administration.

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Farmers in the U.S. like to point out that their products feed people all over the world. And while this is a diverse country, the people working on farms and elsewhere in agriculture often don't reflect the nation's demographics. Changing that is becoming a priority, in hopes new people will bring fresh ideas to meet some of our food system's greatest challenges.

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