7 Moments That Stood Out From The 1st Day Of The Trump Impeachment Hearings

Two witnesses, seen as crucial to the case against President Trump in the impeachment inquiry, testified Wednesday. Much of what was said by acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and George Kent, the State Department's top official on Ukraine policy, was previously known from their lengthy depositions released last week. But there were some new things — and several moments that stood out. Here are seven: 1. A new detail from a new witness emerges Taylor revealed that in the past...

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Perspective: The Dirt On Comfort Foods

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Although it’s only mid-November, the weather’s taken quite the wintery turn. While we’re laying in supplies for our Thanksgiving dinners, we may find ourselves stocking up on other comfort foods, as well. There are scientific reasons we crave high calorie treats, especially this time of year.  

  

It’s National Apprenticeship Week.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is encouraging residents to consider apprenticeship programs if they’re searching for a new job. Julio Rodriguez is Deputy Director of the Office of Employment and Training.  He said apprenticeships are useful in getting direct work experience.

Missouri has already approved more than 17,000 patients for its yet-to-be-launched medical marijuana program — a stark contrast to neighboring Illinois, which had fewer than 3,000 patients in the first 10 months. 

Licenses for Missouri’s dispensaries are expected to be awarded by January, and cannabis should be available for medical card holders by spring. 

At their core, Missouri and Illinois programs do the same thing: They allow doctors to certify patients to use cannabis if they have a qualifying condition. But there are significant differences in the details of each law, including who has access, how they’re getting access and how the programs can be changed in the future.

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An advocacy group is calling on Illinois to make higher education more equitable for students.  It says that means changing the way it funds post-secondary schooling.

Before they dug into the numbers, Kyle Westbrook said his group wanted to try to reframe the conversation around the cost of college in Illinois.

Perspective: #Blessed?

Nov 13, 2019
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There are many things I don’t understand about our society. I often verbalize those annoyances to my family where I’m usually met with my daughter accusing me of being an “old man yelling at a cloud.” 

 

The Illinois Senate approved a move Tuesday that would allow Illinois to stay on daylight saving time permanently.

Illinois DCFS Is Launching 'What's Your Connection?'

Nov 12, 2019
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November is Adoption Awareness Month. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is launching "What’s Your Connection?".

As part of the campaign, state officials distributed 10,000 rubber bracelets and paper chains. DCFS spokesperson Jen Florent explained why.

“The idea behind the paper chain and the bracelets is to show what everyone’s connection to adoption is, so that adoption is not a stigma, it’s something that is out in the mainstream.”

Perspective: Another Take On The Good Samaritan

Nov 12, 2019
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After Jesus said the law is summed up in “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind. And love your neighbor as yourself,” a hot shot preacher type piped up, “Who is my neighbor?”

“There was a man beat up by robbers and left to die,” Jesus said. He went on to talk about how the hot shot preacher types walked on by. It was the outsider, the hated Samaritan who stopped and helped the man, putting him up at an inn with plenty of money for his care. Jesus told the hot shot, “Go and do likewise.” I bet Jesus knew who the man needed to tend.

DeKalb Residents March For Policing Changes

Nov 11, 2019
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NIU students and DeKalb community members demanded accountability this Saturday with a protest.  It was a follow up to a controversial arrest this summer.

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The DeKalb County State's Attorney's office wants to help veterans avoid jail time for certain crimes. The Stacia Hollinshead Veterans Diversion Program is named after a former assistant state’s attorney and Army veteran. Hollinshead was killed in March. Her ex-husband was charged with the murder.

The goal of the program is to provide treatment based-sentences.

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Illinois lawmakers Wednesday advanced a plan to pool more than 650 downstate and suburban police and fire pension funds. Passing the measure out of both chambers by week’s end is a top priority for Governor J.B. Pritzker.

Pritzker’s office has been arguing for weeks that combining all of those funds would make more money for retired police and firefighters, while cutting fees and reducing the need to raise local property taxes.

Ten Democratic candidates will debate next week in the fifth primary face-off, which has increasing importance, with presidential hopefuls set to face voters in fewer than three months.

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When it comes to global health, the world has made remarkable strides over the last two decades. There's been unprecedented progress vaccinating kids, treating diseases and lifting millions out of poverty. The childhood death rate has been slashed in half since 2000. Adults are living an average five-and-a-half years longer.

Editor's note: This story includes graphic descriptions of torture techniques.

The new movie The Report — which comes out Friday and tells the true story of a U.S. Senate staffer who doggedly investigated the CIA's use of torture after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — is a look back on a controversial part of our country's past. But the CIA's torture program continues to have huge implications at the U.S. military court and prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where 40 accused terrorists are still being held.

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