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Illinois Issues

Illinois Issues

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Reporting and analysis taking you beyond the daily news and providing a deeper understanding of our state.

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Legal Weed: What You Need To Know

Buying and using marijuana will be legal in Illinois as of January 1. We asked top state experts what that does and doesn't mean, and compiled their answers in this Q&A.

Subterfuge In The City: How Illinois Helped Create The Nuclear Age

2020 is the 75 th anniversary of America dropping atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II. Without Illinois, there wouldn't have been nuclear medicine, nuclear power or nuclear weapons.

Survey Finds Illinoisans Divided On Trust, With Consequences For Democracy

Would you say that most people can be trusted, or that you can't be too careful? An NPR Illinois survey shows Illinoisans are divided on the question — though not in the usual ways of politics. This week, we look at the issue of trust, and why it matters for democracy.

Survey Finds Illinoisans Divided On Trust, With Consequences For Democracy

Once A Skeptic, Congressman Rodney Davis Embraces Trump

With the impeachment investigation moving into a more public phase this week, members of Congress are calibrating their responses. Rodney Davis' 13th District includes wide swaths of rural, central Illinois, where President Trump is popular. But is also includes college towns filled with Democratic voters, and Davis was re-elected by a slim margin last year. It's against that backdrop that Davis has traveled from being a Trump objector — to a Trump supporter.

State's Anti-Gambling Lobbyist Is One Tough 'Church Lady'

Gambling has expanded throughout Illinois as the state struggles to catch up with its budget deficit. The lure of additional revenue brought support from local governments, businesses and unions. But not everyone is a fan, as some argue it takes advantage of the vulnerable among us. One woman has spent the last two decades fighting against state-sanctioned gambling.

IL School Report Card: Now With Even More Data

The Illinois State Board of Education yesterday released its new report card. That name makes it sound like gives schools a grade, which it does. But there's much more to it than that. Here are five things you need to know about the Illinois Report Card:

Abortion Restrictions In Surrounding States Draw Women To Illinois

Nationwide, the abortion rate has been declining since the 1980s, but Illinois has recorded a smaller drop than our neighboring states.

Illinois Voters Support More Statewide Gun Regulation, Survey Shows

Illinois residents across the state, and across party lines, largely support more gun regulations. That's according to the results of an NPR Illinois - University of Illinois Springfield survey. We took a look at the new data and explored what might be behind the numbers.

Survey: Voters Diverge On Gov, Economy

A majority of Illinoisans think the state is on the wrong track and have a dim view of the economy, but the pessimism doesn't seem to be affecting Gov. J.B. Pritzker's job approval.

No Regrets: Alaina Hampton On Life After Speaking Out

The woman who blew the whistle on Michael Madigan's silence in her #MeToo case is still searching for a job and closure.

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