illinois

Illinois Budget Affects Teachers
8:23 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Quinn's Budget Would Affect Retired Illinois Teachers

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants to eliminate the state's contributions toward health insurance benefits for retired school teachers and community college professors across the state.  Those cuts are part of the budget proposal he unveiled last week. They target two insurance programs and would save the state about $92 million.  About 77,000 retired teachers and their dependents are covered under the Teachers Retirement Insurance Program and the Community College Insurance Program.  If Quinn's plan is approved, retirees could be forced to pay higher premiums.

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Culture
3:30 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Two Film-Makers Tell the Story of Cairo, Illinois in Their Documentary "Between Two Rivers"

Cairo, Illinois has seen boom and bust. It was a massive hub for river travel in the early 20th century and boasted a population some say up to 20 thousand, now it's a fraction of that size. Once beautiful buildings and homes that are still standing are now in disrepair, and the poverty level has sky rocketed. An industrial exodus and fall out from the civil rights movement are mostly to blame for the state of Cairo today.

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Morning Cram
11:55 am
Thu December 15, 2011

the morning cram [there's no place like home edition]

Nine years of war in Iraq is symbolically coming to an end.NPR reports the number of troops in Iraq has fallen from 20,000 to 4,000. Hopefully the real end is on its way as well.

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