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Advance Illinois
10:56 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Room for Improvement in Illinois Schools

The education advocacy group Advance Illinois has issued a "report card" on the state's public schools. It says things are improving -- but not nearly enough.

Some of the findings are scandalous: only one-third of Illinois fourth graders can read proficiently, and for African Americans, that number is just 12%.

Advance pulled those numbers from a federal study known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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Invasive Species
10:28 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Eradicating Asian Carp from Illinois Rivers

Asian carp
Credit treehugger.com

Illinois has come up with a straightforward solution to its Asian carp problem: fishing.

“It’s simple but it’s exciting to see it work,” said Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, who chairs the state’s river coordinating councils.

The state is encouraging businesses to fish for the carp by promoting markets for them. The fish are being touted as a high protein meal for foreign and domestic markets. But don’t look for “Asian Carp” on a local menu – it’s been rebranded as “Silver Fin.”

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Demand for Cheaper Product
5:12 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Illinois Coal Production on the Rise

Coal

While the United States has seen an overall decline in the production and use of coal, there is a different story in Illinois.

During the first half of this year, Illinois coal production was 13% higher than the same period last year. That has been driven in significant part by power plants that have switched from Appalachia's higher-cost coal to Illinois' cheaper coal. Illinois coal has more sulfur, a pollutant, but at least 30 power plants in the region have added scrubbing equipment that allows them to burn Illinois coal.

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WIUM Local
2:28 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Drought Still Causing Problems for Farmers

ISU Extension Agriculturist Darbee Wellman

The drought has been less noticeable this fall, but cattle farmers are still feeling its effects.

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Illinois Joining Forces
9:54 am
Mon November 12, 2012

New Program to Help Illinois Vets

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
Credit Rich Egger

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced a newly launched public-private partnership designed to improve services for Illinois veterans, military personnel and their families.

Quinn said  Illinois Joining Forces will increase collaboration and make sure veterans find out about services available to them, such as health care and jobs programs.

"We cannot have our service members who fought in Baghdad or now in Kabul or elsewhere in Afghanistan -- they fought there, they shouldn't have to fight for a job when they come home," Quinn said. 

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