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Dozens of residents joined at the DeKalb Public Library over concerns for several pipeline projects in the U.S.

Dave Davis, an organizer of the event, says the people should be aware of the potential effects of pipelines.

Enbridge operates a line through southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The company has expanded the line in recent years and continues to add upgrades.

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Governor Bruce Rauner came into office as a big advocate of charter schools.  

He promoted the idea again this week during a Facebook live forum, when he seemed to tie school choice to the state budget.  

“Parents want and deserve options, and we’ve got to make sure as we change our funding formula, that options are on the table and we create the financial ability for low-income parents in particular who can’t afford to move or can’t afford private school tuition,” Rauner said.

The Illinois Supreme Court struck  down a law Thursday  that cut civil juries in half and hiked their pay.  

When lawmakers passed the measure in 2014, they argued that having fewer jurors made the higher pay affordable.

But critics say it was a thinly-veiled parting gift from state Democrats to to trial lawyers.

The thought is that smaller juries would be prone to paying out higher awards in personal injury cases.

Doctor Tom Anderson is president of the Illinois State Medical Society.

Public universities continue to struggle with budgeting due to uncertainty in Springfield, Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker told a town hall meeting Thursday. He says the stopgap and partial-year budget measures aren’t enough. His suggestion to lawmakers?

"Why don’t we take the 2017 budget—that half-year budget -- and count it towards ’16 and you give us a full-year budget?," Baker asked. "That’s our story. The odds of that are probably not very high right now.”

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SwedishAmerican announced a $70,000 donation for Rosecrance's behavioral health program.

Rosecrance recently threatened to close its mental health triage center because of the Illinois' budget impasse. 

Bill Gorski, President and CEO of SwedishAmerican, says the stopgap budget isn't enough to keep those services afloat. 

"We know that the long term sustainable answer though, is going to have to come most likely from the legislature," Gorski said.

Gorski says the Rockford-area health facility is supporting the program because it meets a community need.

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