The Youth Correctional Center in Kewanee
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
February 12, 2016

Youth Prison in Kewanee Might Close

On Friday, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice announced it plans to close the youth correctional facility in Kewanee by July first. The Juvenile Justice department says the closing would save the state about 14 million dollars, improve rehabilitation for young offenders, and improve community safety. It will also eliminate 200 jobs.


Electron microscope image of the H1N1 influenza virus.
CDC/Wikipedia
February 12, 2016

Flu Cases Are Scarce In Illinois This Year—- So Far

Influenza is sometimes a big problem in Illinois --- but so far, not this year. The amount of flu cases reported in the state is being described as “sporadic” and “average.”


President Abraham Lincoln
Alexander Gardner/Wikimedia Commons
February 12, 2016

Letters By Lincoln’s Law Partner

A newly edited volume of letters provides more insight into the nation's 16th president. “Herndon on Lincoln: Letters” was edited by Douglas Wilson and Rodney Davis, co-directors of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College in Galesburg.


AFSCME logo
AFSCME
February 11, 2016

Contract Talks Stalled Between AFSCME And Gov. Rauner

Democratic lawmakers in Illinois are again trying to have a hand in contract negotiations between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and the largest state-employee union.  New legislation, similar to a failed proposal last year, would prevent a lockout or strike and require mediation if the sides can't agree on a new contract.                                                                                                                 


President Barack Obama receives a standing ovation before addressing the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press
February 11, 2016

Will Obama’s Belief In Politics Of ‘Hope’ Spur Action In Illinois?

On a freezing February day in 2007, President Barack Obama announced his bid for the nation's highest office in front of the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield -- the place where Abraham Lincoln gave his historic "House Divided" speech. At the time, Obama called for hope and change. Nine years later -- to the very day -- Obama came back to Springfield. In his last year as president, he says he believes in the "politics of hope."


A multimodal optical image of a mammary tumor.
Courtesy of Stephen Boppart
February 10, 2016

Cancer Researcher On Breakthroughs, Translational Research and a State of the Art Imaging Center

In the State of the Union address last month, President Obama announced a “moonshot to cure cancer.” We still haven’t heard many details of what this will entail - other than Congressional budget requests of $755 million in the 2017 budget. Closer to home here in Illinois, Dr. Stephen Boppart is one of the many people who could help make that “moonshoot to cure cancer” a reality. Wednesday morning, the University of Illinois announced he will be the university director of the new GSK Center for Optical Molecular Imaging.


President Barack Obama returns a salute as he boards Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Md.,Wednesday.  He's headed to Springfield.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press
February 10, 2016

What Will Obama’s Springfield Speech Be About?

President Barack Obama is returning to Illinois' capital at the twilight of his political career.  White House aides say Obama wanted to return to the place his career started to discuss how the U.S. can "build a better politics'' in which Americans aren't so starkly divided by race, religion or political party.


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