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Summer in Kankakee County is synonymous with live music — and both are making a comeback. Concert series have begun to kick off around the area, and there is something for everyone with the variety of genres.

The Kankakee Public Library invites readers to participate in the Adult Summer Reading program, which kicked off Monday and is running until Saturday, July 10. The library will be offering two different ways to participate and win.

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Presented in black and white, the documentary “Two Gods” on “Independent Lens” (9 p.m., PBS, TV-14, check local listings) looks at themes of broken lives and redemption, bad habits and rituals that reach for the transcendent.

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hosts and co-produced “Fight the Power: The Movements That Changed America” (7 p.m. Saturday, History, TV-PG). This one-hour survey offers a brisk glance at protest movements, from the Labor Rights struggled between the 1880s and the 1930s; the battle to give w…

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This week's "A Taylor-Made Life" answers the same question in the past and the present: “Where do you want to be in 30 years?”

The most important thing you can do to make your personal economy strong is to have an umbrella — a rainy-day fund with at least enough money to pay all of your bills for at least three months without a paycheck. Call it $10,000. Read more

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The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday the NCAA can't limit education-related benefits — like computers and paid internships — colleges can offer their sports stars, a victory that could open the door in the fight over paying student-athletes.

The most important thing you can do to make your personal economy strong is to have an umbrella — a rainy-day fund with at least enough money to pay all of your bills for at least three months without a paycheck. Call it $10,000.

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CHICAGO — There was a time when Tom Sadowski thought he'd stop working after turning 65 earlier this year. But he's put off retirement for at least five years — and now anticipates continuing to do some work afterward.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Relatives of 68 people who died in a 1994 commuter plane crash in northwestern Indiana are raising money to build a permanent memorial near the crash site they hope to dedicate on next year's 20th anniversary of the crash.

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SPRINGFIELD — Busloads of gay marriage opponents held their own rally outside the Capitol Wednesday, pledging to reverse any headway in the push for state legislation that would allow same-sex weddings.

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SPARKS, Nev. — A shooting at a middle school in northern Nevada has left two people dead and two boys in critical condition, rattling parents, teachers and students as they showed up for the start of the school week.

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After a five-month, $425 million renovation, a busy stretch of a Chicago Transit Authority train line reopened Sunday.

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Illinois lawmakers are considering a series of measures aimed at making the state's waterways safer, including a bill that would impose stiffer penalties on people caught operating a boat while intoxicated.

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CHICAGO — Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says the state's pension crisis could be addressed in the fall legislative session even if a committee working on it remains split.

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ROSEVILLE — For the past 33 years, the annual Illinois Corn Husking Contest has brought crowds from across the state to compete in local fields. Resurrected in Fairview in the 1980s, the competition was brought to Warren County in 1991 as a result of hard work by Bob St. George and Bill Gill…

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Kenneth and Martha Redeker, of Onarga, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Woodworth. The anniversary will be hosted by their children and grandchildren. They have three children: Kris Bartelt…

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CHICAGO — Chicago gang members who have roared through intersections, driven on the wrong side of the road and even fired guns out of their car windows during funeral processions might have to walk to the next funeral, if proposed city ordinance is passed.

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Exelon Generation says one of two reactors at the company's Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station is back at full power after a refueling outage.

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An appeals court has ordered ComEd to refund almost $37 million to its northern Illinois customers following a six-year legal dispute.

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