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. 


Tracy Abrams looks for fellow Illini Maverick Morgan during Sunday's exhibiton game against Washington Uiversity.
Rob McColley / Illinois Public Media
October 31, 2016

Illinois Defeats Washington U. In Exhibition Men’s Basketball

The Illini men's basketball team defeated visiting Washington University of Saint Louis 82-75 in in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon at the State Farm Center in Champaign.

But victory came only after Illinois squandered a 29-point lead in the second half. 


Chicago Cubs fans cheer after Game 5 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs won 3-2 as the Indians lead the series 3-2.
Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press
October 30, 2016

Cubs Hang On For 3-2 Win, Series Headed Back To Cleveland

Aroldis Chapman got eight outs for a pressure-packed save and the Chicago Cubs held off the Cleveland Indians 3-2 to force Game 6. It was Chicago's first World Series win at Wrigley Field since 1945.Game 6 is Tuesday night in Cleveland. Starter Jon Lester went six innings for the victory, and the Cubs got solo home run out of Kris Bryant in the three-run fourth inning.


Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis (22) celebrates after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 4 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Wrigley Field
Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press
October 30, 2016

Cubs Fall 7-2 In World Series Game Four, Trail Three Games To One

The Cubs find themselves on the brink of elimination after losing to Cleveland 7-2 Saturday night. Corey Kluber beat the Cubs for a second time in four days while the Indians' Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis homered for Cleveland. John Lackey took the loss. Dexter Fowler hit a home run in the 8th for the Cubs.


Illinois head coach Lovie Smith looks at the scoreboard during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign
Bradley Leeb/Associated Press
October 29, 2016

Illini Drop Homecoming Game To Minnesota, 40-17

A pair of early Illinois turnovers and a short punt gave Minnesota the ball at the Illinois 49-, 20- and 9-yard lines, and the Gophers turned each into a touchdown on the way to a 40-17 win. The turnovers, Illinois coach Lovie Smith said, swung the game hard and early for Minnesota. "It's hard to win the football game when you start like that," Smith said. "Those turnovers put us in a hole."


Fans wait in front of the Wrigley Field marquee as they arrive before Game 3 of the  World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, in Chicago.
Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press
October 29, 2016

Cubs Fall 1-0 In Return To Wrigley; Cleveland Takes 2-1 Series Lead

The Chicago Cubs are down two games to one in the World Series, dropping a 1-0 Game 3 in the World Series Friday night. The Cubs had runners on second and third in the ninth before Javier Baez struck out to end the game. Manager Joe Maddon says the Cubs chased some balls they shouldn't have. It was the first World Series game at Wrigley Field in 71 years.


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