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News Around Illinois – November 21, 2019

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Nearly 2,500 Drivers Caught Speeding At 100 MPH In 2019

SPRINGFIELD – In a tweet, the Illinois State Police said troopers have handed out 2,492 tickets since January for driving 100 miles per hour or faster on Illinois roadways.  Spokeswoman Mindy Carroll said that’s actually down slightly from last year. She also said state police will increase patrols over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. – Sam Dunklau, WUIS

Chicago School Board Approves New Teacher, Staff Contracts

CHICAGO – The Chicago Board of Education has approved deals with teachers and support staff that ends labor strife that included an 11-day strike. Chicago teachers last week approved the five-year contract deal that includes pay raises, $35 million to enforce limits on class sizes and a pledge to supply each school with a nurse and a social worker. The board on Wednesday also passed a new school calendar to make up five of the 11 days students missed during the strike. – Associated Press

DeKalb School Board Votes Against Arming Teachers

DEKALB – The DeKalb School Board voted unanimously against a proposal before the Illinois Association of School Boards on allowing teachers to be armed. The downstate Mercer School Board first introduced the measure last year.  Schools wouldn’t be forced to arm teachers, even if the resolution results in a new law this spring. The association will vote on the resolution later this month. – Peter Medlin, WNIJ

Chinese Consul General: Trade War Talks At Critical Point

NORMAL – The Chinese Consul General from Chicago said talks to end the trade war between the US and China are at a critical point. During a speech at Illinois State University on Wednesday, Zhao Jian said the world’s two largest economies are interdependent.  Zhao said US exports to China support more than a million US jobs and he noted the strong agricultural exports of Midwestern states to China.  He did not address US complaints about intellectual property theft, currency manipulation or other industry supports the Chinese government allegedly facilitates. – Charlie Schlenker, WGLT


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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director at Illinois Public Media. He oversees daily newscasts and online stories. He also manages The 21st Show, a live, weekday talk show that airs on 7 NPR stations throughout Illinois. He is the executive producer of IPM's annual environmental TV special "State of Change." And he is the co-creator of Illinois Soul, IPM's Black-focused audio service that launched in February 2024. Before arriving at IPM in 2019, he served as News Director at WKAR in East Lansing and spent 17 years as a TV news producer and manager at KXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas/Fort Worth. Reginald is the recipient of three Edward R. Murrow regional awards, seven regional Emmy awards, and multiple honors from the National Association of Black Journalists. Born in Vietnam, Reginald grew up in Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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