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PHOTO: Bunnies are a symbol of the season, but animal welfare advocates caution parents considering bringing one home for Easter to make a thoughtful decision that is best for the animal and the family. Photo credit: user bobby.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Easter is almost upon us, and while some parents might be tempted to give their children live bunnies or baby chicks, animal welfare advocates stress that bringing any animal into the home should be a well thought-out decision and not just a holiday whim. Lora Jackson, m...Read More

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PHOTO: Research finds most people look to curtailing water use instead of improving efficiency of their habits and appliances as the best method to conserve water. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – There appears to be some confusion when it comes to water conservation. A new survey finds many people underestimate how much water they use in various daily activities. Study author Shahzeen Attari, assistant professor at Indiana University-Bloomington's School of Publ...Read More

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PHOTO: Director of Illinois Department of Employment Security Jay Rowell says 86 percent of Illinois workers who lost assistance when federal long-term unemployment benefits ended in December are still without work. Photo courtesy of IDES.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New data shows how the reauthorization of federal unemployment assistance could help 64,000 Illinoisans. When federal long-term unemployment benefits ended in December, according to the analysis from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 74,000 Illinois workers immedia...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A Global Day of Action on Military Spending is highlighting the need for better federal investment in communities. Graphic courtesy of the National Priorities Project.

CHICAGO - As they put their taxes in the mail today, some Illinoisans will join others across the world for a Global Day of Action on Military Spending. According to Mary Zerkel, co-coordinator of the Wage Peace campaign of the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago, 57 percent of all U.S. di...Read More

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PHOTO: While many Illinoisans enjoyed the warm weather over the weekend, the high pollen counts kept others inside. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The flowers are growing, the trees are blooming, and many allergy sufferers in Illinois feel miserable. After the especially cold winter, experts are predicting a bad spring for those allergic to tree pollen and grass. For relief, allergist Dr. Deeba Masood with Northshore Medica...Read More

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PHOTO: A conference in Chicago will bring together educators, tutors and new adult readers to examine the latest strategies in adult literacy. Photo credit: morgue file/clarita.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Adult literacy goes beyond being able to curl up with a good book. Experts say reading struggles also can translate into troubles functioning in an ever-changing world. Dorothy Miaso, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Illinois, says being literate means knowi...Read More

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PHOTO: Several Illinois cities are receiving high rankings in a new national report comparing sprawl vs. connectivity. Photo credit: D. Harder.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – With the nickname Prairie State one may think community connectivity is hard to come by in Illinois. But new data finds that's not the case. The report from Smart Growth America, examined development patterns in 221 metropolitan areas to see which ones are more compact a...Read More

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PHOTO: The April 15 tax deadline is less than a week away, but there is still plenty of time for Illinoisans to file their income tax forms. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's crunch time for Illinoisans who still need to crunch the numbers for their 2013 income taxes. Those who do not file by April 15, or who do not file for an extension, will face a penalty from the federal government. IRS Illinois spokesman Joe Munoz said simple returns can be...Read More

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