Activists rally for a $15 minimum wage outside of the McDonald's on Neil Street and Kirby Avenue in Champaign.
Hannah Meisel/Illinois Public Media (FILE)
April 02, 2016

Focus Shifts To Illinois In Next Push For $15 Minimum Wage

California and New York -- where almost 1 in 5 Americans live -- are on their way to raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour. And the activists who spearheaded those efforts are now setting their sights on other similarly liberal, Democratic-led states, including Illinois.


Harvest activity just south of Rantoul, Ill., on Sept. 26, 2014.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
April 01, 2016

Why Didn’t An Illinois Professor Have To Disclose GMO Funding?

The private fund-raising arms of public universities, called foundations, are coming under scrutiny around the country.  Watchdogs have found questionable spending that’s led to resignations and legal challenges to their privacy.  In the course of reporting on a University of Illinois professor,  Monica Eng of WBEZ discovered a different way foundation privacy practices are raising questions.  


The Alama Mater statue on the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois.
University of Illinois LIbrary/Flickr
April 01, 2016

Union For UI Non-Tenured Faculty Schedule Strike Authorization Vote

Frustrated by what they see as a lack of progress in contract negotiations, the Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition will hold a strike authorization vote for its members at the University of Illinois Urbana campus next week.


Chicago Marathon Runners
Creative Commons/NVitkus
April 01, 2016

The 21st: Gender In Politics, And Why People Run Marathons

How has Hillary Clinton’s campaign changed the conversation about women holding political office? Some of our female politicians in Illinois weigh in on gender and politics. Then, as we approach marathon and half marathon season, many in Illinois will be taking on those 26.2 and 13.1 miles feats, whiles other are left others wondering "why?"


The Pontiac 66ers and Champaign Swarm start play at Pontiac Township High School on March 6.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 31, 2016

Pro Basketball Launches In Pontiac

The Livingston County city of Pontiac, home to one of the country's long-running high school basketball tournaments, has used that history to lure in a minor league franchise.  The Pontiac 66ers, part of the Midwest Professional Basketball Association, play on the same court as the high school team, en route to a 12-4 mark this season.  They'll play in the league championship Friday night.


The campus at Chicago State University
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
March 30, 2016

Rauner: ‘Outrage’ Chicago State May Have To Shut Down

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's "very upset'' that Chicago State University may have to close due to financial problems.  Students and employees at the school are being asked to turn in their keys.  Rauner said Wednesday at an unrelated event in Springfield that it's "an outrage."


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