Illinois

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New numbers show that the poverty rate in Illinois is still worse than the national average.  

The poverty rate is lower, both nationally and in Illinois, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers for 2016. But there’s a caveat.

“Unfortunately, we are still above where we were pre-recession,” said Amy Rynell, head of the research unit of the Heartland Alliance that studies poverty. “While, as a nation, we have caught up with where we were pre-recession, as a state, we have not.”

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Illinois is preparing to launch a pilot program to test out tax credits for donors to private school scholarships. The five-year, $75 million program served as a bargaining chip drawing Republican support to the education funding reform bill that Gov. Bruce Rauner signed last month. But less has been said about how it will actually work.

One person interested in how the private school tax credits will work is Mike Chitty, superintendent of Judah Christian School a 500-student pre-school-through high school in Champaign.

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Democratic candidate for governor Chris Kennedy's newly announced running mate says he wants to address the "senseless violence" that plagues Illinois and took his son's life earlier this summer.

Kennedy on Thursday introduced Chicago political activist Ra Joy as his lieutenant governor candidate in the 2018 campaign.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’s been in touch with Amazon executives in an effort to bring the company’s second headquarters to the state.

Officials from the Seattle-based online retailer last week announced they want to build another headquarters in North America that would be staffed by up to 50,000 employees. Several states are making offers.

Rauner says Amazon already has some distribution centers in Illinois, which could help with his pitch.

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Illinois Public Universities - Fall 2017 Enrollment
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There’s a three percent increase in freshman enrollment at Northern Illinois University this year.

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