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Trump now wants Putin to visit the White House this fall; Also on the Friday rundown: health insurance rates to rise by almost 9 percent in California; and as the climate crises reaches “Zero Hour” young people take a stand.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A bill that would allow children to receive medical marijuana in schools is awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature. Supporters are quick to snuff claims that the bill would lead to kids smoking pot in schools. The bill dubbed "Ashley's Law" is named after Ashley Surin, an

President Barack Obama signed an order establishing the White House Council on Women and Girls in 2009. (whitehouse.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Human rights dvocates are hoping legislation that would advance the voices of women and the LGBT community will make it as far as Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk, and if it does, they're urging him to sign the bills. Rep. Anna Moeller is co-author of SB 3249, which would require

Brightly-colored medication might be mistaken for candy, a reminder to parents for Illinois' Poison Prevention Month. (cdc.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Accidental medicine poisoning sends a child under age 6 to an emergency room every nine minutes in this country - and every 12 days, a child dies. Last year, the Illinois Poison Center handled nearly 77,000 cases of people ingesting potentially harmful substances, and more

A survey by young people in Illinois found that, despite peer pressure, most teens say no to alcohol. (V. Carter)

TINLEY PARK, Ill. – Five months into a yearlong campaign to reduce underage drinking in Illinois, advocates say headway is being made. "Know the No" began in Illinois last November. It's the brainchild of a Tinley Park-based group Leaders Opposed to Underage Drinking (LOUD). The campaign is

Nearly half of college students say they're food insecure. (chicagohomeless.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Thousands of college students in Illinois became eligible to receive SNAP benefits at the first of the year, but many don't realize it. So now a campaign is under way to let the students know about their eligibility so they won't drop out of school because of financial rea

Education suffers when quality substitute teachers can't be found. (Rockford Public Schools)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A teacher shortage continues to plague Illinois, especially its southern counties. A new survey by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools finds nearly 80 percent of districts have fewer teachers than they need. The group's president, Mark Jontry,

The number of young people locked up in Illinois has dropped by more than 60 percent in the past few years. (Rainerzufall1234/Wikimedia Commons)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – There has been a dramatic drop in the number of young people being committed to prison in Illinois and across the nation. Between 2006 and 2015, the rate of youths being sent to out-of-home placement by juvenile courts fell 50 percent, according to data recently released

The United States has accepted 15,000 Syrian refugees. (karamfoundation.org)

CHICAGO – While many children are now heading back to school in Illinois and around the country, many other children who are victims of the crisis in Syria are suffering and not able to attend class. According to the United Nations, many children who have fled their war-torn countries with t

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