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Watch now: College towns stand out amid broader downstate Illinois population decline

Looking a layer even deeper, there was perhaps no collection of downstate communities harder hit than college towns, particularly those where "directional" universities are located. 

Watch now: Illinois lawmakers face uphill battles with DCFS bills

Lawmakers reacted swiftly after Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigator Deidre Silas was killed on the job in January. 

Watch now: State plans drastic downsize of Pontiac, Vandalia prisons

Nine lawmakers wrote a letter to the state Department of Corrections director and Gov. J.B. Pritzker asking for information about why a "significant number of inmates" are being moved from the prisons. 

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20 artists who played at Eastern Illinois University 🎶

This certainly does not cover all of them, but here is a look back at some of the big names that have performed at Eastern Illinois University.

Watch now: McLean County recycling evolves with aim to remove 'glut' of waste

As long as you place everything that has a recycle symbol into your recycling bin, you shouldn’t have to worry about where it goes, right?

10 photos of Charleston from the JG-TC archives

A look back at history photos of the Charleston area. 

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