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News Minute: Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The College Athletes Players Association is criticizing Northwestern University's argument for overturning a ruling that would allow the school's football players to unionize. Northwestern is appealing a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that the school's football players are employees under federal law and thus entitled to unionize.

CHICAGO (AP) - The head of the University of Illinois at Chicago's faculty union says a tentative contract agreement has been reached with the school administration. Union president Joe Persky says details of the contracts for tenure-track and non-tenure track members won't be revealed until they are voted on next week by union members. The union and the university were in negotiations for more than two years.

CHICAGO (AP) - Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it's not surprising that he awaits sentencing for a bank robbery last year. Unbehaun's reason for robbing the bank is surprising, though. He was homesick for prison. Unbehaun showed a Chicago-area bank teller a revolver in his waistband and told her softly over and over, "I don't want to hurt you."

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Senator Mark Kirk is promoting efforts he says should be taken to reduce the incidents of stroke and treat those afflicted by the illness. The Republican from Highland Park suffered a stroke in January 2012. He met yesterday with Chicago-area stroke researchers. He emphasized the importance of funding National Institutes of Health research.

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