Rauner, Republicans Denounce Trump

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(Éovart Caçeir at English Wikipedia)

Republicans meet at the Illinois State Fair while the House convenes to hammer out a compromise on school funding. 

Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Comments Draw Harsh Local Reaction

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Harsh local reaction Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s comments that “both sides” are to blame for the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Hanging Out With Jeanne Nolan in Her ‘Happy Place’

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The founder of The Organic Gardener says she always felt a strong connection to nature. “My garden is really a big part of where I like to spend my time and to feed my soul,” she said.

New Shedd Shark Expert on Aquarium’s Conservation Efforts

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Jumping into ocean waters teeming with sharks doesn’t sound like much fun, but for researchers working on shark conservation, it’s a way to gather important and sometimes surprising information. Meet Steve Kessel, the Shedd Aquarium’s new director of marine research.

New Group to Promote Humane Farming, Expose Animal Cruelty in Illinois

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Illinois farmers and animal welfare experts say they will promote farms where animals are raised humanely, following a Chicago Tribune investigation last year on the state’s biggest pork companies.

Federal Feedback Lists Concerns With Illinois’ Education Accountability Plan

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(Chicago Tonight)

In its initial feedback on the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act proposal, the U.S. Department of Education has raised concerns over how the plan deals with graduation rates and tracks English-language learner progress.

Education Funding Unresolved as Illinois House Returns for Vote

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As Gov. Bruce Rauner’s supporters rally Wednesday for “Governor’s Day” at the Illinois State Fair, representatives will be returning to the capitol to take an ax to his vision for education funding.

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Repeal Cook County Soda Tax

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More trouble for the Cook County sweetened beverage tax.

Examining Charlottesville and the Culture of Hate

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A look at domestic terrorism and hate groups following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.

Cook County Jail Expands Family Planning, Birth Control Services

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Most women in U.S. prisons and jails lack access to birth control. But for many of these women, incarceration is not the only obstacle to such care. A new program in Chicago is trying to change the trend.

Floating Museum Begins its 3-Month Journey Up the Chicago River

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There’s a new floating attraction along Chicago’s Riverwalk. We go for a look.

Study: Cost, Severity of Opioid Overdose Admissions to ICU Rising

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For years, critical care doctors have noticed an increase in patients suffering from opioid overdoses. A new study confirms their observations and details the staggering cost of treatment.

CPS Budget Hearings: Get Dates, Times for August Meetings

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Chicago Public Schools has five hearings scheduled on various aspects of its latest spending plan this month, beginning Monday with meetings on its capital budget. Get complete details.

Gov. Rauner: ‘Let’s Compromise’ on School Funding

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A day after the Illinois Senate killed his vision for a new method of funding Illinois schools, Gov. Bruce Rauner kept up hopes that legislators will come around to his way of thinking.

Emanuel: Neo-Nazis ‘Think They Have a Friend in the Oval Office’

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The violent confrontation between white supremacists groups and protesters has sparked nationwide outrage and condemnation. How some local politicians are responding.

Mayor Mum on City Money for CPS

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(Courtesy City Club of Chicago)

The city of Chicago will need to come up with an additional $269 million to help Chicago Public Schools make it through the year, according to the schools’ new budget. Where will this additional city money come from?