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Indiana Governor Mike Pence holds a news conference on March 26.
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Indiana Governor Wants Changes To Religious Objections Law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he wants legislation clarifying that a new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination on his desk by the end of the week.

Jarling's Custard Cup on 309 W Kirby Ave, which closed its doors late Monday when inventory ran out.
(Photo: Tiffany Jolley)
News Local/State

Champaign’s Custard Cup Closes Its Doors

Doug and Christie Jarling announced on Sunday that Jarling's Custard Cup in Champaign would be closing as soon as inventory runs out.   That happened quickly Monday afternoon, with a 4 p.m. Facebook post.  Custard Cup will reopen when new owners can be trained.

Adalberto Martinez’s paid a $200 fine for lacking health insurance. But under the Affordable Care Act, he is exempt from the requirement to have health coverage, and from the penalty.
Odette Yousef/WBEZ
News Local/State

Obamacare Tax Rules Trip Some Immigrants

The deadline’s coming to file tax returns, and aside from the usual headache, this year it’s proving particularly thorny for undocumented immigrants. That’s because, for the first time, there are penalties under the Affordable Care Act for those lacking health insurance

Duckworth speaks during former governor Pat Qunn's election night reception in March 2014.
(AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
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Duckworth Makes Video Announcement, Challenging Sen. Kirk For 2016 Senate Bid

The campaign from the 8th District Democrat could represent one of the best opportunities for the party to pick up a seat as they battle to regain Senate control.  She's serving her second term in Congress.

Legal Issues In the News

Looking for Consistency in Illinois Court Forms

In this week's Legal Issues in the News, legal commentator Matt Andres argues for consistency with forms used in Illinois courts.

Betsi and Tod Waldron with their daughter, Emily. This photo was taken after Betsi completed her treatment for breast cancer in 2013.
(Photo: Emily Waldron)
News Local/State

Couple Faces Cancer Again After Nearly Four Decades

Nearly forty years after Tod Waldron was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as freshman at the U of I, he says the most difficult part was talking about his cancer with his girlfriend (now wife), Betsi and his parents.“I was pretty nonchalant about it at the time, because I just didn’t know enough,” said Tod, “but my parents were from a generation that didn’t discuss cancer.

Heather Tucker and Jen Shelby
Courtesy: Heather Tucker
News Local/State

Humor Served Two Friends Well After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

For Heather Tucker and Jen Shelby, two long-time friends from central Illinois, a breast cancer diagnosis in May, 2014 gave them the opportunity to take on new roles within their relationship.  

University of Illinois researcher working on cancer drugs in a lab
Credit: Christine Herman
News Local/State

U of I Researchers Discover Cancer-Killing Drug

Chemistry professor Paul Hergenrother identified a molecule that appears to cause many cancer cells to self-destruct. This week marks the start of a clinical trial on the potential new drug that has shown promising results when tested on lab animals with cancer. If it is found to be safe and effective in humans, the new drug may improve prognoses for patients with the most aggressive forms of brain cancer and other forms of the disease.

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