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Illinois legislators have finally passed a budget, but the impasse did not leave the state’s public universities unscathed: faculty and staff were laid off, student enrollment dwindled and bond ratings were downgraded.

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Among the celebrity deaths in 2016: Prince (courtesy of Paul Natkin) and Carrie Fisher (Riccardo Ghilardi / Wikimedia Commons).

From Prince to Princess Leia star Carrie Fisher, 2016 was a bad year for celebrity deaths. We take a closer look at our connection to celebrities.

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Donald Trump shakes the hand of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis. (Courtesy of CNN)

Looking back on U.S. history in addition to contemporary politics, what does the president-elect’s choices for Cabinet positions so far say about how he might lead as president?

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State lawmakers return to Springfield this week to vote on a number of measures, but not on the agenda is the No. 1 topic of discussion—the state budget that should have gone into effect last year.

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Governors State University (Daniel X. O'Neil / Flickr)

With the state budget standoff in its seventh month and little apparent urgency from Springfield, we talk with the presidents of Governors State and Northeastern Illinois Universities as the funding crisis deepens.

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The Northwest Chicago Film Society kicks off its fall season of 35-millimeter film screenings on Wednesday at the auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University in the North Park neighborhood.