The Russia Investigations: Big Questions Answered, More Big Questions Raised

Updated at 9:44 a.m. This week in the Russia investigations: The Senate Judiciary Committee dumps documents about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, the special counsel's office celebrates its first birthday and the GOP escalates its war against the Justice Department. The enemy within After chapters on "wiretaps," eavesdropping, "unmasking" and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the new hotness this week was confidential sources. FBI investigators used a confidential source in the initial...

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state should be able to execute persons convicted of killing police officers or committing mass shootings. He made that proposal among several measures Monday in an amendatory veto message of legislation aimed at reducing gun violence.

The bill, HB1468, would have required anyone buying so-called assault-style weapons to wait 72 hours before picking up their purchase from a gun dealer.

How Schools Can Help Kids Traumatized By Gun Violence

May 15, 2018
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Last month, about a dozen people gathered in the basement of a church in Champaign, Ill., to learn how traumatic experiences affect the lives of children and young adults, and what they can do to mitigate its effects.

Karen Simms, a mental health counselor and trauma expert, led the presentation, which was part of a free 40-hour training called “Healing Solutions.”

Most of the adults who attended Simm’s training were educators who say they’re worried about their students.

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Chris Quintana covers "culture wars" on college campuses and other news for The Chronicle of Higher Education. He was intrigued by the story of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's one-time icon, Chief Illiniwek.

Illinois Nurses Face Workplace Violence

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new report from the University of Illinois finds the vast majority of nurses in Illinois experience violence on the job. 

The survey on workplace violence was sent to members of the Illinois Nurses Association, which has more than 2,000 members in various healthcare settings.

Police Data Show Gun Violence A Chronic, Growing Problem Across Illinois

May 14, 2018

His name was Devon McClyde, and he was 16 years old when he was caught in the crossfire of an argument while playing basketball one evening in a local park in Danville on June 8, 2016.

He died three days later – the victim of another gun crime in Central Illinois.

 


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Companies and local governments have proposed building new immigration detention centers in Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana, responding to a request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials stepping up arrests in the center of the country.

 

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The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of a collective bargaining agreement Thursday with AFSCME Local 1890.

The five-year contract provides union members an immediate 3% wage raise and various job-related protections. Barbara Andree is President of the NIU Operating Staff Council. She says the agreement makes up for stagnant clerical worker pay.

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The sewage treatment plant at Marseilles is receiving two new upgrades to deal with potential flooding.

Wastewater Superintendent Jason Rix says the first of these is a floodwall providing five extra feet of clearance, which is still above the highest recorded level for floodwaters in 500 years. 

“We are putting in a roughly 1200 linear foot wall essentially, made of corrugated steel, and it will protect us from any flooding from the Illinois River," he said.

This comes after two near-floodings in 2008 and 2013 when the plant was saved by judicious use of sandbags. 

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Illinois lawmakers are weighing legislation to prevent synthetic marijuana manufacturers from dodging laws banning the substance.

 

The state Senate passed a measure this week to ban all types of synthetic cannabinoids instead of just specific formulas, The Chicago Tribune reported . The bill is now in the House for consideration.

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An ex-commander of a Mexican intelligence unit who worked with U.S. agents has changed his plea to no contest in a Chicago case alleging he traded secrets to Mexico's Beltran Leyva cartel.

Ivan Reyes Arzate's plea in Chicago federal court Friday means his June 11 trial is off. The 46-year-old faces a maximum 25-year prison term at his Aug. 29 sentencing.

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