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Illinois House passes bill requiring LGBT content in state-funded textbooks

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House on Wednesday passed a bill requiring public school textbooks purchased with certain state funds be nondiscriminatory and unbiased in their treatment of racial and ethnic minorities, and that they highlight the contributions that LGBT individuals have made to...

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Illinois Senate to vote on “Tobacco 21” today

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products is scheduled for a vote in the Illinois Senate today, just 2 days after it successfully passed out of the House. Bill sponsor Sen. Julie Morrison, a Deerfield Democrat, said it will be one of the first measures heard...

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SPRINGFIELD – As part of an effort to rein in the rising cost of prescription drugs in Illinois, Democratic state lawmakers introduced bills Wednesday to impose state regulations on a little-known industry, pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, who negotiate drug prices and benefits on behalf of...

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Congressman Adam Kinzinger participated in a press conference Wednesday urging Democratic leadership to allow a vote on “Born Alive” protections, as well as speaking out against new legislation proposed in Illinois. This proposal would require doctors to use all means available to save the life...

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Eyes and ears

STERLING – Not many Sterling High School students walk through the double doors leading from the main floor hallway to the district’s offices. It’s become sort of a daily routine for Connor Bland. Bland, a high school senior, also is the district’s student liaison to Superintendent Tad...

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FRANKLIN GROVE Culvert work will bring Route 38 to one lane

FRANKLIN GROVE – A section of state Route 38 will be down to one lane beginning Monday as crews begin to replace a culvert in the drainage ditch at North Spring Street. Widening work is expected to take 2 weeks, during which time flaggers will direct traffic through daytime lane closures. The road...

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Detours ahead: rainfall floods roads

Standing water from Wednesday’s rain has closed several roads and at certain spots. Morning rainfall totaled almost 1 inch, according to the National Weather Service, and has caused standing water from fields to run off onto roads. Another half inch was expected before the day was over. Closed...

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