January 2016 Flash Index
(UI Institute for Government and Public Affairs)
February 01, 2016

Drop In Flash Index Keeps Pace With National Economy

University of Illinois Ecomomist Fred Giertz says the monthly Flash Index fell to 105.3 in January from 105.5 a month earlier, which he says is consistent with a national slowdown.  But he says the economy is growing, just at a slower rate.  Giertz also says it's unclear if Illinois' now 8-month budget impasse is having much of an impact.


Illinois forward Michael Finke is helped off the court after hurting his knee in a collision with another player.
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
February 01, 2016

Illini Fall To Wisconsin 63-55

The Fighting Illini lost to the Wisconsin Badgers 63-55 Sunday night, in a game where Illinois forward Michael Finke had to leave with a knee injury.


In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, Ashley Thompson inspects marijuana plants inside the "Mother Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill.
(Seth Perlman/Associated Press)
January 30, 2016

Rauner Administration Again Rejects New Marijuana Conditions

For the second time in five months, Governor Bruce Rauner's administration has rejected expanding the list of diseases that can be treated with marijuana in Illinois, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Department of Public Health announced the decision Friday.


Then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, waves to spectators as he arrives to announce his candidacy for president of the United States at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007.
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
January 29, 2016

Obama To Address Illinois General Assembly Next Month

On the ninth anniversary of his entrance into the presidential race, President Barack Obama will address the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield on February 10th.  Gov. Bruce Rauner released a statement, saying "he looks forward to hearing him speak about finding common ground between Republicans and Democrats."


 In this Aug. 29, 1983 file photo, Illinois state Sen. Philip J. Rock, D-Oak Park, announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Chicago, Ill.
John Swart/Associated Press
January 29, 2016

Philip Rock, Illinois Senate President For 14 Years, Dies

Former Illinois Senate President Philip Rock has died.  He was 78.  The Democrat from Oak Park served 14 years in charge of the Senate, the longest tenure in the chamber's history.  He left in 1993. 


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