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Executive chef Jessica Gorin of Big Grove Tavern, Champaign.
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Chef Jessica Gorin Talks About What She Eats On Thanksgiving And The Day After

Jessica Gorin, executive chef at Big Grove Tavern in Champaign, has a few suggestions about how to serve Thanksgiving leftovers.

Protesters march during a demonstration for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Chicago. Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times last year, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the c
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Writer Tells How He Broke The Laquan McDonald Story

Chicago writer Jamie Kalven focuses on patterns of police abuse and impunity in Chicago. He heard about an attempted cover up of the details in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old wielding a knife.  Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, shot Laquan McDonald, a black youth, 16 times in 14 seconds.

A drawing by a small boy depicting his family's homelessness.
Valerie Everett
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Illinois Issues: No Place To Call Home

An estimated 13,054 Chicago families experienced homelessness during the 2014-15 school year, according to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, 

Chicago Police Car
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Police Release Video Of Black Teen’s Fatal Shooting By White Chicago Police Officer

Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times after allegedly refusing to follow officers' instructions as he walked down a street with a knife in October 2014. The officer who shot him was charged Tuesday with murder.

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East Central Illinois Community Colleges Grapple with State Budget Impasse

Officials with community colleges in Danville, Mattoon and Decatur plan cuts in programs for the spring semester due to the state budget impasse, but still hope for eventual state funding this fiscal year.

Several black student groups gather on the U of I quad in support of black students at the University of Missouri.
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Push Back Against Black Student Rally Calls Greater Attention To Racism On College Campuses

Last week on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus, black students came together to show support for the students at Mizzou, and to share their own experiences with racism; hours later, a Facebook group appeared that denounced the protesters.

Mats Selen sitting in his office on the University of Illinois Urbana campus
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U of I Physics Professor Named ‘Professor Of The Year’

A University of Illinois physics professor credits his department and the university for his recent Professor of the Year award.  Mats Selen received the honor from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching on November 19.

Gov. Bruce Rauner presenting his budget probably back in February; the state's looking to close out the calendar year without a spending plan in place.
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When, Oh When, Will Illinois Have A Budget? Time To Get Out Your Datebooks ...

Feb. 17 --- that's when the governor's to give his next budget speech. It could be that Rauner makes history; presenting a budget proposal for the next fiscal year, even as there isn't a current one in place.

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