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>>Teachers Fail To Agree On New Contract
(Champaign, IL) -- A battle to settle a new teachers' contract with the Champaign School District is not being won. The Illinois Federation of Teachers spokesman Dave Comerford said the meeting ended, quote, "with the district rejecting some contract possibilities suggested by the union."
>>Lincoln Library Celebrates 150th Anniversary Of Gettysburg Address
(Springfield, IL) -- The 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is being celebrated by a series of events in Springfield. President Lincoln delivered one of the most iconic speeches in history on November 19th, 1863. Five copies of the address are at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. At midnight on November 18th, an actor portraying Lincoln will read the Gettysburg Address.
>>Great River Honor Flight Takes Off
(Quincy, IL) -- More than 30 veterans from Illinois are going to Washington, DC. The Great River Honor Flight takes off today for its 21st journey. The group will view memorials from World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam. Honor Flight is a non-profit organization paying tribute to America's troops for their sacrifices.
>>UI Grad's Dream Comes True
(Urbana, IL) -- Mike Hopkins' dream of flying into space is now reality. The University of Illinois engineering graduate has been dreaming about spaceflight since high school. Hopkins blasted off yesterday aboard a Soyuz [[ SAW-yooz ]] spacecraft with Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryananskiy. The trio will dock with the International Space Station.
>>Illinois Asks FDA To Regulate E-Cigarettes
(Decatur, IL) -- Illinois is among 40 states asking the Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes. The battery-operated devices are very popular among young people. Dr. Kimberley Hanneken at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur said they are not a safe alternative. Critics claim e-cigarette advertising targets children.
>>John Dillinger's Death Mask On Display
(Springfield, IL) -- One of America's most ruthless criminals is making another appearance in Springfield. The death mask of John Dillinger will be on display this weekend. Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation Treasurer Heinz Mueller told WAND News, quote, "John Dillinger was the most famous criminal in the way he was shot." He was killed by FBI agents after leaving the Biograph Theater in 1934. The plaster cast of Dillinger's face was taken shortly after his death in 1934.
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