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PHOTO: The federal government is preparing to auction off bands of the nation's TV airwaves used by broadcasters, and sell them to wireless, cellphone and broadband companies. Photo credit: Pedro J. Perez/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - In the early 1980s the song reflecting the state of electronic media was "Video Killed the Radio Star." In 2014, the question has become whether wireless media will "kill" free public TV. Beginning Nov. 13, the FCC will embark on a "spectrum auction", in which wireless companies...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the Environmental Defense Fund highlights how more than a dozen Illinois companies are benefiting from methane mitigation. Photo courtesy of Datu Research.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Some Illinois companies are boosting their bottom lines and helping the climate by capturing and controlling methane gas released during oil and gas production. An economic analysis released by the Environmental Defense Fund identified hundreds of methane-mitigation facilities n...Read More

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PHOTO: Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and the EPA is currently accepting public comments on a proposal the agency says would strengthen protection of streams and wetlands. Photo credit: Rich Mullins/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - This Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Before the legislation was put in place, only one-third of the country's waters were deemed safe for fishing and swimming, but now that number has doubled. Cindy Skrukrud, clean water advocate with the Illinois Ch...Read More

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PHOTO: The One Church One School program pairs faith communities and schools to help students succeed in their educational and personal life. Photo courtesy of Rev. Leon Parker, III.

CHICAGO – They say it takes a village to raise a child, and in Illinois, dozens of faith communities are stepping up to help nurture the educational, social and personal development of students. Through the One Church One School program, churches pair up with schools to provide academic, soc...Read More

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PHOTO: A comparison of studies concludes listing genetically-engineered ingredients on food labels would cost consumers about $2.30 per person, per year. Photo credit: Aimee Low/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A group has "studied the studies" about what it could cost consumers to label the genetically-engineered ingredients in foods sold for retail sale and says the answer is, "not much." Increased food cost is a major argument of food producers and agribusinesses that oppose geneti...Read More

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PHOTO: Illinois voters can go online to to find nonpartisan information about candidates' positions on key election issues. Photo courtesy: AARP.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinoisians head to the polls three weeks from today for the 2014 midterm elections. For voters who feel overwhelmed by the avalanche of campaign adds and negative advertising, it can be hard to figure out the candidates' true positions on critical policy matters. One organiza...Read More

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PHOTO: With stories from immigrant families in Illinois and around the nation, a new report highlights the need for immigration reform. Photo credit: Mary Anne Enriquez/Flickr.

CHICAGO - Stories from immigrant communities in Illinois and around the nation are featured in a new report uncovering questionable practices by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. Tania Unzueta with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network authored the report. She says ICE ag...Read More

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PHOTO: New vehicles in the U.S. are getting better gas mileage than ever before, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo credit: Alivimann/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Drivers are saving money at the pump, as U.S. fuel economy reaches an all-time high, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA reports that model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon. That reflects a half-mile per gallon improv...Read More

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