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PHOTO: Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9) is participating in the "Live the Wage Challenge," living on a $77 federal minimum-wage budget for the next week. Photo courtesy Rep. Schakowsky's office.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – For the next seven days, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9th Dist.) will have just $77 to spend on food, medicine, transportation and other daily necessities. She's among those taking part in the "Live the Wage Challenge," living for one week on a typical federal minimum-wage ...Read More

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PHOTO: What if Mom goes back to work? With the growing cost of child care in the country, efforts are under way in Washington, D.C., to increase financial supports for low-income and working families. Photo credit: Todd Hryck/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As the cost of child care in this country continues to grow, so does the chorus of voices calling on Congress to take action. For many working families, the cost of child care is one of their biggest monthly expenses and legislation to help ease that burden has been introduced in...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report finds that while there is still work to be done, Illinois is making strides in improving the well-being of its children. Photo credit: Anita Peppers / Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - An annual state-by-state snapshot of child well-being finds both good and bad news in Illinois. According to the 2014 edition of the national Kids Count Data Book, Illinois has seen improvements over the last decade in the teen birth rate, as well as the mortality rate for child...Read More

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PHOTO: Illinoia researchers say they're saving valuable time by using drones to monitor crops in their fields. Photo credit: L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Farming is taking flight in Illinois. Researchers say interest is growing in the use of drones in agriculture, and that the unmanned aerial vehicles can give farmers a bird's eye view of their fields. Dennis Bowman, a crop sciences educator with the University of Illino...Read More

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PHOTO: Every summer, heartbreaking and preventable deaths occur when children are left alone in hot cars. Photo credit: Paulo Otavio Diniz Rodrigues/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – There's much talk about the Georgia father who is suspected of knowingly leaving his nine-month old son in his truck, but every summer parents accidentally forget their children in the car. It's an action that can lead to heatstroke and in some cases kill them. Register...Read More

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PHOTO: As the flood of children attempting to cross into the United States from Central America continues, an Iowa woman offers her story in the hopes of increasing understanding about the situation. Photo courtesy of Toksave/Wikimedia Commons.

CHICAGO - The mass migration of Central American children has made headlines, sparked debate and ignited a political firestorm in recent weeks. But one Midwestern woman hopes her experience can shine some light on why it's happening, and what can be done to help. Kenia Calderon made the journey fro...Read More

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PHOTO: Children often count on meals served at school to give them the nutrition they need. But when school isn't in session during the summer, it can be a challenge for some kids to get nutritious, regular meals, particularly those from low-income households. Photo credit: USDA.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - For thousands of Illinois school children, summer means a vacation from school, but it can also mean missing nutritious meals that are part of their school day. Signe Anderson, Senior Child Nutrition Policy Analyst for the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), says the summer ...Read More

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PHOTO: Finding safe, stable housing is among the many challenges LGBT homeless youth face in Illinois, according to a new report. The issue also was the topic of a summit in Chicago in May. Photo courtescredit: Windy City Times.

CHICAGO – Voices are being raised about the need to break down the barriers in Illinois that keep many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people living on the streets. A new report details the results of the Chicago 2014 Homeless Summit in May, when more than 300 youth, activists a...Read More

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