SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois will is receiving a $16 million federal grant to fight opioid abuse. Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration announced the grant Friday. The Illinois Department of Human Services will administer it to fight a scourge that claimed 2,000 people in Illinois last year. It's the second consecutive year Illinois has received funding from the 21st Century Cures Act.
CHICAGO (AP) - Non-tenured faculty and graduate students in Illinois are looking to unions as pay and benefits stagnate. The Chicago Tribune reports that the University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, the University of Illinois, Northwestern University and Columbia College Chicago have seen an increase in union activity. Graduate students, adjunct and non-tenured faculty members have sparked most of the activism, leading to strikes and contract negotiations.
CHICAGO (AP) - Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Ramsey Lewis will give his last live performance in Chicago before retiring at the city's jazz festival this year. The free Chicago Jazz Festival runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 in the lakefront Millennium Park, at the Chicago Cultural Center and at venues throughout the city.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - An astronomical society in Central Illinois is inviting the public to go on an adventure of cosmic proportions. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that a group of space enthusiasts have worked to expand their observatory to be more accessible to the public. The Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society is opening its Prairie Winds Observatory Saturday after four years of construction. The larger facility is now handicapped-accessible and will house the society's four telescopes.
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