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PODCAST: Chris Mooney on state issues post-budget

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Univ. of Illinois Prof. Chris Mooney offers insight on what's next for Illinois now that a budget is in place. Mooney heads the UI Institute of Government and Public Affairs but will step down from that role on Sunday.

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SIU plans Carbondale campus cuts

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Forecasters say flooding could worsen in suburban Chicago

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Comptroller Susana Mendoza announced the payment Thursday.

It includes $327 million owed for the needs-based Monetary Award Program for 110,000 college students for the past school year.

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That's because Kane County's board Tuesday enacted a ban on roosters for most unincorporated property. It's effective immediately.

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Northwestern Medicine says in a statement on its website that power was restored Wednesday night at Lake Forest Hospital following the outage earlier in the day, but it's closed to clinical operations on Thursday.

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