Republican and Democratic party logos
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October 28, 2016

Illinois Issues: Legislative Races To Watch

The presidential race is capturing most voters' attention. But here in Illinois, there's record-breaking spending going into races for the General Assembly. Hanging in the balance is the state of Illinois, or at least its budget, anyway.


Edward Feser, interim provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
L. Brian Stauffer / Illinois News Bureau
October 28, 2016

UI Provost Delivers Cold, Hard Facts

University of Illinois Urbana campus interim provost Edward Feser talks about the financial difficulties facing the university due to the state's budget impasse, in an interview with Illinois Public Radio Education Desk reporter Dusty Rhodes.


Cubs emblem
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October 28, 2016

The History Behind ‘Go Cubs Go’

As enthusiasm for the Chicago Cubs run to the World Series has roared across the country, so has the ubiquitousness of the Cubs theme song penned by the late Steve Goodman. But there's an interesting backstory to how it became the team's official theme song.  


Illini Hall of Fame inductee Dick Butkus and U of I Athletic Director Josh Whitman at Thursday's announcement at Memorial Stadium.
Rob McColley
October 27, 2016

Illini Start Sports Hall Of Fame, Dick Butkus In 1st Class

The University of Illinois is forming the school's first Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame and a member of its first class will be former Chicago Bears great Dick Butkus. He was named as the Hall's first inaugural member Thursday. An induction ceremony planned in Champaign-Urbana for next September. 


.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
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October 27, 2016

Kirk Backs Off Write-In Vote For Petraeus

For months, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has said he would write in former CIA Director David Petraeus for president. This week, Kirk backed off that stance, praising Petraeus’s military record but refusing to confirm he would vote for him. Kirk also reiterated his frustration with Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. 


Champaign Democratic Senator Scott Bennett
Bennett for Senate Campaign
October 27, 2016

Senator Bennett Faces First Election In 52nd District

This fall marks the first time Democrat Scott Bennett has campaigned for his Illinois Senate seat. The former prosecutor, who was appointed to the seat, faces Republican Urbana Alderman Mike Madigan on November 8. He says Governor Bruce Rauner needs to make more concessions from his 'Turnaround Agenda' as budget negotiations continue.


Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber celebrates in the dugout after gets walked in during the fifth inning of Game 2 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in Cleveland
Matt Slocum/Associated Press
October 26, 2016

Cubs Top Cleveland 5-1; World Series Tied At One Game Apiece

Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the 6th inning, and Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 in his second game back with the Cubs in Wednesday's 5-1 victory in Cleveland. It was the Cubs' first World Series victory since game 6 of the 1945 World Series againt Detroit. The series now heads to Wrigley Field for game 3 on Friday night.


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