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PHOTO: State regulators are releasing the rules needed to implement fracking in Illinois. Photo credit: Joshua Doubek/Wikipedia Creative Commons.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's a day for which both supporters and opponents of fracking in Illinois have been waiting for more than a year. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is releasing its long-awaited rules regulating hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state. The process involves in...Read More

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PHOTO: As Social Security marks its 79th anniversary this month, a report finds it is providing great benefits to Illinois families and the economy. Photo credit: Zimmytws/

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A new report from the advocacy group Social Security Works, highlights the ways that at the ripe old age of 79, Social Security is helping Illinois' residents and the economy. While pensions have changed, jobs have been lost and homes have lost equity, Eric Kingson, the o...Read More

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PHOTO: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) became the first federal agency to acknowledge the potential health risks from using cell phones earlier this year. Then, just last week, the agency backtracked from its earlier statements of caution. Photo credit: Anita Peppers/morguefile.

CHICAGO - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention became the first federal agency to acknowledge health risks from cell-phone use - but then suddenly backtracked. Sometime before early June, the CDC posted significant new wording in a "Frequently Asked Questions" section on its websi...Read More

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PHOTO: Victims of violent crime often need financial and emotional support to help rebuild their lives in the wake of a violent incident. A Chicago-based violence survivors' network is working to provide that support. Photo credit: Ladyheart/Morguefile.

CHICAGO - With more than 200 homicides already reported in Chicago this year, there are many families and surviving victims facing a difficult road of recovery. Susan Johnson, executive director of Chicago's Citizens for Change, runs a violence survivors' network called Chicago Survivors. She says ...Read More

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PHOTO: Jeremy Murphy of Chicago's South Side says he's had little support from the community as he tries to recover after being shot on two occasions. Photo credit: Carla Murphy/

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A national debate over racial injustice is heating up following the fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., and Chicago's violent summer. Amid all the finger pointing, there are forgotten victims, left alone as they face the financial, physical and emotional toll of violent crim...Read More

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PHOTO: More than half of teens surveyed for the Pew Research Internet Project said they'd observed instances of cyber-bullying. Photo courtesy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Bullying no longer is a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media is providing online channels for negative interactions between children, with more than half of teens reporting they have witnessed online bullying. According to experts such a...Read More

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PHOTO: Researchers at the University of Illinois say physically fit kids have "beefier" brain white matter than less fit peers. Photo courtesy of L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – There's new evidence that keeping children active not only keeps their bodies healthy, but also their brains. White matter describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve signals from one area of the brain to another. Laura Chaddock-Heyman and other researchers at the U...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is connected to a proliferation of menacing outdoor pests, from poison ivy to ticks. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters, with a new National Wildlife Federation report detailing how those changes are affecting the outdoor experience. Hunters, anglers, bird-watchers and hikers have long known they have to cover up and watch for st...Read More

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