Republican Sen. Mark Kirk and Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth
Amanda Vinicky (Kirk); Brian Mackey (Duckworth)
October 26, 2016

Politics Trumps Policy In U.S. Senate Race

Although Illinois is not considered a battleground state in the presidential election, it could help decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.

First-term Republican Senator Mark Kirk is fighting to keep his job against Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth.

Brian Mackey has this look at several of the two candidates' policy positions, and the politics of the race.

Heavy machinery used to slow erosion along Lake Michigan in southern Wisconsin.
Susan Bence/Great Lakes Today
October 26, 2016

Erosion Threatens Homes On Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is experiencing high water levels, bad news for some residents along the western shore.  Huge chunks of the shoreline are eroding, and dozens of Wisconsin homeowners are watching their property disappear at alarming rates.

The patient service desk at Nu Med, a medical marijuana dispensary that opens next week in Urbana.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
October 25, 2016

Urbana Medical Marijuana Facility Opens

The second medical marijuana dispensary to open in Champaign County is now seeing its first customers. Nu Med is located at 105 East University in Urbana, the site of a former Blockbuster Video location. It joins Champaign-based Phoenix Botanical as the two dispensaries allowed by the state's pilot program in State Police District 10, which includes Champaign, Vermilion, and seven other Central Illinois counties.

Urbana Alderman and Senate candidate Mike Madigan (R) debates incumbent Scott Bennett of Champaign on October 5 at the Champaign City Building.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
October 24, 2016

‘The Other Mike Madigan’ Challenges Bennett In 52nd District Senate Race

The Republican who shares a name with Illinois' longtime Democratic House Speaker is touting a number of Governor Bruce Rauner's business reforms as challenges Democrat Scott Bennett in Illinois' 52nd District. "The Other Mike Madigan" is an Urbana Alderman and restaurant owner who says solutions to Illinois' budget woes start with serious tax reform, and reductions in government spending.

Cubs fans celebrate on Clark Street after the team won the National League Championship Series Saturday night.
Andrew Gill/WBEZ
October 24, 2016

Cubs Fans Hope World Series Ends ‘Lovable Losers’ Nickname

No more curses, no more goats, no more Bartman or just plain bad luck. All of those evil spirits are now done and gone thanks to the Cubs winning the National League pennant Saturday. And Cubs fans are feeling confident as the team heads into game one of the World Series Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians. On Saturday night, when the last out was made during the playoffs, the roar of the crowd was like a tsunami flowing down the streets in the Wrigleyville neighborhood.

Flyer promoting last week's meeting for residents in Champaign's 5th and Hill neighborhoods.
(Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media)
October 24, 2016

US EPA Encouraged By Meeting For Champaign’s 5th & Hill Residents

The agency says about 30 residents attended a public meeting last week for those living in the 5th and Hill area – near the site now owned by Ameren that once held a manufactured gas plant. At least 10 homes in the neighborhood will be tested for toxic vapors early next year, but On-Scene Coordinator Andy Maguire hopes to sign up more in the next few weeks. 

Chicago Cubs fans celebrate outside Wrigley Field after the Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in Game 6 of baseball's National League Championship Series, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs advanced to the World Series.
Matt Marton/Assocated Press
October 23, 2016

Cub Fans Celebrate End of World Series Drought

Chicago Cubs fans are waking up to a new reality: Their team is headed to the World Series for the first time in 71 years. Many still-stunned fans took to social media Sunday morning to ask if they'd been dreaming and to catch up on the posts from famous Cubs fans. Those posting to social media after the pennant-clinching 5-0 win Saturday over the LA Dodgers included first lady Michelle Obama, actor Bob Newhart, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Cubs players celebrating after winning the 2016 National League pennant.
David J. Phillip/AP
October 23, 2016

Chicago Cubs Beat Los Angeles Dodgers To Enter World Series For First Time Since 1945

Cursed by a Billy Goat, bedeviled by Bartman and crushed by decades of disappointment, the Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series.  Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early and the Cubs won their first pennant since 1945, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.

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