Head shot of University of Illinois law professor John Colombo
University of Illinois College of Law
January 12, 2017

Encore: Law Professor Dissects Property Tax Exemption Case

The Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a case on the constitutionality of hospital tax exemptions involving Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. In this encore conversation, University of Illinois Law Professor John Colombo spoke about the arguments both sides are making in the case.


Illini Te'Jon Lucas (3) dumps a no-look assist to Maverick Morgan (22) in Wednesday's 85-69 win over Michigan, in Champaign.
Rob McColley / for Illinois Public Media
January 12, 2017

Youth Movement Propels Illini Men Past Michigan

Newcomers Kipper Nichols and Te'Jon Lucas led the way as the Illini men plowed past MIchigan 85-69 last night in Champaign. Illinois evened its Big Ten record at 2-2, while improving to 12-5 overall. Michigan drops to 11-6, 1-3 in the conference.


The Danville Rescue Mission.
Danville Rescue Mission
January 11, 2017

A Month To Get Back On Their Feet: That’s The Offer From A Danville Program For Homeless Men

A new emergency shelter program for homeless men in Champaign-Urbana opened on January 6th during the recent cold snap. Two local churches are  hosting the shelter program, to replaces others that closed down last year.

Meanwhile in Danville, a men’s emergency shelter program has been running for years --- with an emphasis on getting participants into jobs and their own housing.


In this Jan. 9, 2017 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump talks with reporters at Trump Tower in New York. As a businessman, Trump has kept the courts busy. That is not likely to end when he enters the Oval Office, creating an unusual and potenti
Evan Vucci / AP File
January 11, 2017

Live Fact Check: Trump News Conference

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 11 am ET/8am PT on Wednesday. We will be fact-checking and providing background to his remarks in real-time. We will be paying special attention to any comments about conflicts of interest, health care and national security.


Graphic from Champaign Neighborhood Services Department's presentation on Bristol Place at Tuesday's Champaign City Council meeting.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 11, 2017

Champaign Council Initiates Final Phase Of Bristol Place Redevelopment

The city has been working on tearing down and rebuilding homes in the northeast Champaign neighborhood since outlining its goals in 2007. Unanimously backed by the Champaign City Council Tuesday, the plan initiates an agreement with suburban-Chicago based AHDVS, a minority-owned contractor. But city council members stipulated that hiring local minorities was key to the plan's continued backing. 


The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield
(Wikipedia)
January 11, 2017

New Legislature, Same Old Problem In Illinois: No Budget

The 100th Illinois General Assembly is being sworn in on Wednesday, taking over efforts to resolve the state's 18-month-old financial crisis. The key players in the battle over the state's budget stalemate remain the same: the conservative businessman-turned-governor Bruce Rauner and Michael Madigan, the old-school Democratic House speaker whose decades at the helm has made him a Capitol institution.  


Champaign County seal, displayed in the Champaign County Boardroom.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
January 11, 2017

Coming To Champaign County April Ballot: Referendums To Sell And Raise Taxes For Nursing Home

Champaign County voters will get a chance to say whether they want to raise their property tax rates to help the financially strapped county nursing home, or allow the county board to sell or otherwise dispose of the facility.

Champaign County Board members approved both questions for the April 4 ballot, during a more than four-hour special meeting on Tuesday night.


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