Photo: Becky McCray/flickr
November 02, 2016

Unopposed Races in Illinois; Coalition Seeks To Change Illinois Bail System; Cubs Force Game 7

On the 21st: The Cubs are one game away from ending a century-long World Series Championship drought. We talked about that, plus we learned why more than 60 percent of Illinois state house races are going uncontested this election year. We also spoke with members of an Illinois coalition seeking to change the state's bail system.


Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek speaks during a news conference Wednesday, at Des Moines police headquarters.
Scott McFetridge / AP
November 02, 2016

2 Iowa Police Officers Killed In Apparent ‘Ambush-Style’ Attacks

A suspect is being sought in the killing of two police officers in the Des Moines, Iowa, area. The two officers were shot and killed early Wednesday as they sat in their squad cars.

"The shootings appear to have been ambush-style attacks," police spokesman Paul Parizek said in a statement.


Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell watches his grand slam against the Cleveland Indians during the third inning of Game 6 of the World Series Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Cleveland.
Charlie Riedel/Associated Press
November 02, 2016

Cubs Top Indians 9-3, Force Seventh And Deciding Game

The Chicago Cubs have closed out a 9-3 victory over the Indians to force the World Series to Game 7 on Wednesday night in Cleveland. Addison Russell hit a grand slam, Anthony Rizzo had a two-run shot, and Kris Bryant had four hits as the Cubs tied the series with the Cleveland Indians at three games apiece. 


Justice Lloyd Karmeier is congratulated by fellow Illinois Supreme Court Justices after being sworn in as the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Springfield
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
November 01, 2016

Karmeier Sworn In As Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier has been sworn in as the 120th chief justice of the state's highest court in a ceremony in Springfield. The 76-year-old Karmeier was sworn in Monday by Justice Rita Garman, who served three years as chief justice. In remarks, Karmeier thanked his colleges for their support, adding that they "hold a special place" in his heart.


Two yard signs in Urbana show opposition for proposed sales tax increase for facilities projects.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
November 01, 2016

Champaign County Voters Have Three Referenda On November Ballot

Voters in Champaign County have three countywide referenda on the ballot this year.  Two of them are dueling proposals about whether to elect a countywide board chair or executive.  The third would raise the county’s sales tax one quarter of a percentage point for a period of twelve years, with the revenue slated to go toward facilities projects, including an expanded county jail at the satellite location in east Urbana.


WUIS
November 01, 2016

Food Stamps Saved, But The Next Clock’s Already Ticking

Illinois has taken steps to prevent 260,000 residents from losing government food assistance. That gives the state a year to prepare these individuals for the job market.

Under federal law, poor people without kids or significant health problems are cut off from food stamps; they're limited to three months of eligibility in three years' time.


Schoolhouse graphic
Pixabay
October 31, 2016

State Board Of Education Releases School Report Cards

School report cards released by the Illinois State Board of Education show little change from previous years. But the Illinois State Board of Education is trying to make the data more accessible. 


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