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Here's what we're covering.....Another Republican has come out against President Trump's healthcare bill, advocates across the country are speaking out about the new GOP plan for healthcare, and actor Johnny Depp is apologizing for joking around the President Donald Trump should be assassinated

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Epidemiologist Matt Allender came up with a test for sick snakes that's much quicker and less invasive. (University of Illinois)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – A fungal disease is threatening to wipe out a snake species that's already a candidate for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. The Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake has been disappearing across the country because of habitat loss and environmental stresses.

Energy harnessed from the sun is growing in popularity in Illinois. (ruralsolarstories.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Despite some setbacks on the national level when it comes to clean, renewable energy, Illinois is moving forward in the solar and wind sector. The Future Energy Jobs bill was signed into law late last year, and it requires the state to have at least an additional 3,000 me

Many roads and bridges in Illinois and across the nation aren't as safe as they could be, but will money be allocated to fix them? (idot.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – While Illinois lawmakers continue to grapple with how to balance an overdue budget, they're being urged to keep the safety of the state's roads and bridges in mind. According to the latest report card by the American Society of Civil Engineers, there's a lot of work to be

A new report highlights multiple ways Illinois residents would feel a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. (Citizen Action Illinois)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A new report by Health Care for America Now shows the impact that repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on Illinois. It says more than a million people in the state would lose health coverage. The fallout also includes $1.2 billion in new uncompensated care, 114,00

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., kicked off a rally Sunday protesting the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (seiuhcilin.org)

CHICAGO -- Rallies were held across the country over the weekend to oppose repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois attended a rally at the SEIU Healthcare Office in Chicago on Sunday. He said that the GOP-led assault on President Obama's signature healthcare law

A new campaign called 'Enough is Enough' is under way in Illinois to get lawmakers to pass a balanced budget. (aarp.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois' budget stalemate is more than two years old now and it's not sitting well with state residents. Illinois is projected to spend $13 billion more than it will collect in taxes this year, and Ryan Gruenenfelder, the manager of advocacy and outreach for AARP Illinoi

Gun purchases are likely to be a topic in Washington, D.C., and in Illinois this year. (KeterMagick/Morguefile)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gun shop owners in Illinois say the rush to buy weapons has slowed down. Roger Krahl, president of "R Guns," a firearms dealer and manufacturer in Carpentersville, said some people were worried that Hillary Clinton would become President, and her campaign promise to push fo

Young people in urban areas say things they're afraid of include police interactions, community violence and lack of food. (Tatiyana Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A study done by youth researchers cites fear as a major barrier to wellness for students of color. Youth of color represent the fastest growing segment of the United States' child population, and, according to America's Promise Alliance, fear and less access to opportuniti

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