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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Senate Republicans on Thursday called for a deep dive into pandemic-driven problems in the state’s unemployment insurance program after a routine audit found $155 million in potentially invalid benefits paid in just the first few months of the COVID-19 crisis. Read more

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Marijuana has long been an illicit yet integral part of the annual Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. This year, it’s legal for the first time in the event’s 30-year history, and potentially big business. Read more

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Coyotes normally feed on small prey like mice and rabbits but will attack pets if they find them alone, said Mike Wefer, chief of the Division of Wildlife Resources at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Read more

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A recent report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and Housing Action Illinois showed $22.11 is the hourly wage a full-time worker needs to earn in order to afford an average apartment. Read more

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — I’ve probably stopped in Springfield several dozen times on my way to Chicago or destinations to the north. There is a gas station I like there that serves good sandwiches and those yogurt bowls in which you add whatever toppings you like, right along Interstate 55. Read more

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When the COVID-19 pandemic eventually recedes, its global costs will become clearer. Paradoxically, that accounting begins with hardships that cannot be calculated: the suffering of so many families, communities, nations. Those human losses are paramount. Yet they aren’t the pandemic’s only … Read more