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At Least They're Still Talking ... Budget Update

The end of the month -- and a major deadline for getting a state budget passed -- is getting ever closer. Gov. Bruce Rauner is standing firm. He says he'll agree to raising taxes, if Democrats agree with his pro-business, union-weakening agenda. Lawmakers continue to negotiate those items in private. Representative Dan Brady, a Republican from Bloomington, is part of the talks. He says the issues are "tender." "You know the important part is that we continue to discuss, we continue to have...
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Legislative Checklist

As the regular spring legislative session nears an end, lawmakers will be pushing to get their bills to the governor’s desk. You can keep track of proposals of note with the Legislative Checklist.
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Illinois Issues: Focus On Heroin Leaves Little Attention On Meth

The state’s heroin crisis has captured headlines and the attention of lawmakers. But in the past few years, the number of methamphetamine lab busts has crept back up, and law enforcement officials say the drug is also coming into the state from Mexico.
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Violence Erupts At New Mexico Trump Rally

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A Donald Trump campaign rally in Albuquerque, N.M., turned violent on Tuesday, leading to at least one arrest and several injuries.

According to the Albuquerque Police Dept. Twitter feed, several officers were hit by rocks thrown by anti-Trump protesters. The police later characterized the clash as a "riot."

NPR's Sarah McCammon was at the Trump rally, which was held in the Albuquerque Convention Center. She filed this report for our Newscast:

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Rauner Laughs At Cullerton Suggestion That Pensions, AFSCME Contracts Are Tied

It's been a year since the state Supreme Court found Illinois' big pension law unconstitutional, and an attempt to get a new law passed is stalled. Lawmakers' goal is to reduce the state's expenses for its vastly underfunded pensions. The court says it's illegal to do it by reducing an employees' retirement benefits. Senate President John Cullerton and Governor Bruce Rauner think they have a way around that. The idea is to push employees to opt-in to earning a lesser pension benefits; those...
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When Justin Cronin pitched his Passage trilogy — which began with The Passage in 2010, continued with The Twelve in 2012 and is now finishing with The City Of Mirrors — it must have been one of the easiest buys in the history of publishing. It's a post-apocalyptic sci-fi western with vampires is all he would've had to say. And then waited for the publishers to line up and throw money at him.

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Grit has been on NPR several times recently, not to mention front and center on the national education agenda.

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My dad, who came to the U.S. in 1969 from Hong Kong, who speaks English-lilted-with-Taishanese, who has lived in Connecticut for two-thirds of his life — three times the length of his time in Asia — still uses the word "Oriental."

It's always a casual reference. "This place used to be a Oriental restaurant," he'll say, as we drive by a boarded-up storefront that once was a Chinese take-out joint.

He doesn't use it in a derogatory way. It's just his go-to term for anything Asian, whether that's food, a business, a person, an idea. But I keep trying to get him to stop.

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One of the country's largest pizza chains faces a lawsuit over alleged wage theft.

New York's attorney general accuses Domino's Pizza of systematically undercounting the hours worked by employees at its franchises.

The case could deliver big changes in the fast food industry and beyond.

When you own a Domino's franchise there are some rules you just have to follow.

The Florida Everglades is a swampy wilderness the size of Delaware. In some places along the road in southern Florida, it looks like tall saw grass to the horizon, a prairie punctuated with a few twisted cypress trees. The sky is the palest blue.

But beneath the surface a different story is unfolding. Because of climate change and sea level rise, the ocean is starting to seep into the swampland. If the invasion grows worse, it could drastically change the Everglades, and a way of life for millions of residents in South Florida.

Violence Erupts At New Mexico Trump Rally

1 hour ago

A Donald Trump campaign rally in Albuquerque, N.M., turned violent on Tuesday, leading to at least one arrest and several injuries.

According to the Albuquerque Police Dept. Twitter feed, several officers were hit by rocks thrown by anti-Trump protesters. The police later characterized the clash as a "riot."

NPR's Sarah McCammon was at the Trump rally, which was held in the Albuquerque Convention Center. She filed this report for our Newscast:

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Mission Control: Drive, Fuel, and Car Talk

It feels like Illinois is lost without a map these days. The current quiet drive is trying to navigate the fog but has been slow moving as of late. An additional $60,000 is needed to reach goal by next Tuesday (May 31). If we're still short of our destination then, we'll go into OVERDRIVE June 1. I am so appreciative for the Calendar Club members and other donors who support NPR Illinois. I hear this sentiment from staff, members, and listeners. It's what makes public radio special. You hear...
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State Week: Rauner Dismisses Labor Pains

Thousands of union members rallied against Gov. Bruce Rauner's pro-business, anti-union agenda, and the legislative leaders met with the governor. But is Illinois any closer to ending the historic budget standoff? (Spoiler alert: No.) Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler, Amanda Vinicky and Brian Mackey, and guest Doug Finke, a reporter and columnist with The State Journal-Register in Springfield.
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Amanda Vinicky

Unionized state employees worried about stalled contract talks could learn Wedneday whether there's hope for a work-around.

Last week, thousands of union members rallied in Springfield. They asked legislators to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a bill that would change how the state negotiates with labor. Wednesday they may see if it worked.

Democratic Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch says he plans to call the measure for a vote.

WUIS

The end of the month -- and a major deadline for getting a state budget passed -- is getting ever closer.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is standing firm. He says he'll agree to raising taxes, if Democrats agree with his pro-business, union-weakening agenda.

Lawmakers continue to negotiate those items in private.

Representative Dan Brady, a Republican from Bloomington, is part of the talks.

He says the issues are "tender."

Just who can use what bathroom has garnered headlines across the country. Illinois senators are calling for a ban on unnecessary government travel to two states with bathroom laws targeting transgender individuals.

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Education Desk: U of I Student Trustee Doesn't Like "Diversity"

It’s not often that students get to shape university policy, but that’s just what happened today at a meeting of the University of Illinois' Board of Trustees. Thanks to a change in the university’s strategic plan proposed by a student member of the U-I Board of Trustees, University of Illinois officials are being encouraged to think about race in a new way.
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Grit has been on NPR several times recently, not to mention front and center on the national education agenda.

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Heartland Ep 3: Finding fulfillment in community & nature

This episode, Keil and Rachel head to Jubilee Farm, just outside of Springfield in New Berlin. They meet with the Catholic Dominican Sisters who operate the site which focuses on ecology and spirituality. It's over 100 acres and is home to llamas, alpacas and gardens.
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When Justin Cronin pitched his Passage trilogy — which began with The Passage in 2010, continued with The Twelve in 2012 and is now finishing with The City Of Mirrors — it must have been one of the easiest buys in the history of publishing. It's a post-apocalyptic sci-fi western with vampires is all he would've had to say. And then waited for the publishers to line up and throw money at him.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Things are going well for Marc Maron. He has a new comedy special; he has interviewed both President Obama and Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels on his podcast, WTF; and his IFC show, Maron, is in its fourth season.

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Book Interview: "Not Straight, Not White" A History On Black Gay Men

Traditional accounts of American history are sorely missing first-person narratives and retellings of stories belonging to gay, black men. So says Kevin Mumford, director of graduate studies and professor of history at the U of I at Urbana-Champaign.
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My dad, who came to the U.S. in 1969 from Hong Kong, who speaks English-lilted-with-Taishanese, who has lived in Connecticut for two-thirds of his life — three times the length of his time in Asia — still uses the word "Oriental."

It's always a casual reference. "This place used to be a Oriental restaurant," he'll say, as we drive by a boarded-up storefront that once was a Chinese take-out joint.

He doesn't use it in a derogatory way. It's just his go-to term for anything Asian, whether that's food, a business, a person, an idea. But I keep trying to get him to stop.

Everyone needs a copy editor. (Thank you, Susan and Amy and Pam.)

Today, the Texas Republican Party is probably wishing it had one, too.

Check out this sentence from the just-adopted 2016 party platform:

Last week, there was a big development in the long-running, bitter, complicated battle over a 9,000-year-old set of bones known variously as "Kennewick Man" or "The Ancient One," depending on whom you ask.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed that the ancient bearer of the bones is genetically linked to modern-day Native Americans. Now, under federal law, a group of tribes that has been fighting to rebury him will almost certainly get to do so.

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Business Report: Coal Jobs Disappearing; Longtime Internet Provider Getting Out Of The Business

NPR Illinois' Sean Crawford talks with the State Journal-Register's Business Editor Tim Landis:
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Sean Crawford talks with Tim Landis, Business Editor of the State Journal-Register, for our weekly Business Report.

This week...

* Population: Reflecting statewide trends, Springfield-area population down slightly from 2010 to 2015; focus on keeping millennials here.

* Food-truck festivals: New one coming to Illinois fairgrounds in July; existing festival on MacArthur Boulevard adding a third date; it's apparently the hot new trend in Springfield.

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NPR Illinois' Sean Crawford talks with Tim Landis, Business Editor for the State Journal-Register:

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NPR Illinois' Sean Crawford talks with Tim Landis, Business Editor for the State Journal-Register.

Harvest Desk

One of the country's largest pizza chains faces a lawsuit over alleged wage theft.

New York's attorney general accuses Domino's Pizza of systematically undercounting the hours worked by employees at its franchises.

The case could deliver big changes in the fast food industry and beyond.

When you own a Domino's franchise there are some rules you just have to follow.

It was the tasting that revolutionized the wine world.

Forty years ago today, the crème de la crème of the French wine establishment sat in judgment for a blind tasting that pitted some of the finest wines in France against unknown California bottles. Only one journalist bothered to show up – the outcome was considered a foregone conclusion.

"Obviously, the French wines were going to win," says journalist George Taber, who was then a correspondent for TIME magazine in Paris. He says everyone thought "it's going to be a non-story."

Roberta Siao, a Brazilian immigrant in London, found that her dual status as a foreigner and mother made it impossible to find work. Yet at Mazi Mas, a London-based pop-up restaurant and catering service focused on training and employing immigrant and refugee women, she has found more than just a paying job. She tells her story in her own words.

Health Desk

The Florida Everglades is a swampy wilderness the size of Delaware. In some places along the road in southern Florida, it looks like tall saw grass to the horizon, a prairie punctuated with a few twisted cypress trees. The sky is the palest blue.

But beneath the surface a different story is unfolding. Because of climate change and sea level rise, the ocean is starting to seep into the swampland. If the invasion grows worse, it could drastically change the Everglades, and a way of life for millions of residents in South Florida.

Online Eye Exam Site Makes Waves In Eye Care Industry

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All sorts of health information is now a few taps away on your smartphone, from how many steps you take — to how well you sleep at night. But what if you could use your phone and a computer to test your vision? A company is doing just that — and eye care professionals are upset. Some states have even banned it.

The next generation of senior citizens will be sicker and costlier to the health care system over the next 14 years than previous generations, according to a new report from the United Health Foundation. We're talking about you, Baby Boomers.

The report looks at the current health status of people aged 50 to 64 and compares them to the same ages in 1999.

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