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It’s no secret that more and more children are being diagnosed with autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about 1 in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder. That jumps to 1 in 42 for boys—almost five times more common than in girls.

Celebrating Gwendolyn Brooks: Poet of 'Firsts'

Jun 14, 2017
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She was the first African American ever to win the Pulitzer Prize, and first black woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was only the second person to serve as Illinois Poet Laureate, succeeding Carl Sandburg. She was also the state's longest-serving laureate, an unpaid position she held for more than 30 years.

Illinois is pausing this month to celebrate the life and work of this woman of firsts,  who would have turned 100 on June 7.

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The possibility of legal pot being available in Illinois has left one drug and crime expert 'stunned.'

Proposed legislation in Illinois would make recreational use of marijuana legal. The proposal would allow possession of up to one ounce by people 21 and over. Smoking in public would be prohibited, and driving under the influence would remain illegal.

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An education is part of the fabled ticket to a self sufficient life. But, very few foster children ever have a real shot at going to college.

Lauretta Schaefer is a dance education major at Illinois State University who spent her early childhood in the foster care system before being adopted.

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The biggest change to the downstate Illinois landscape over the past ten to 15 years has been the number of wind turbines that dot the horizon. Wind energy has grown to be a pretty big industry in the state.  

According to a recent study by the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University, wind farms as they are called bring in about $6 billion to the local economy over their life span.

The center is the result of collaboration between ISU's Departments of Economics, Technology and Agriculture. It's headed up by David Loomis, an economics professor at ISU.

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An Illinois State University kinesiology professor is playing a role in helping baseball players stay away from arm injuries. Kevin Laudner, is assistant dean in ISU's College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST). 

Laudner's work with pitchers has drawn the attention of many major league teams, and has earned him the tag "shoulder guy" since his affiliation with the Texas Rangers and his consultation with other MLB teams.