Gov. Bruce Rauner in a visit to an AutoZone distribution facility in Danville March 29.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 26, 2016

Democrats Weigh 2018 Challenge To Rauner; GOP On The Attack

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sent two clear signals when he dumped $50 million into his campaign fund: The 2018 race for Illinois governor will be a rough one, and the contest starts now. What's still unknown is which Democrats will try to unseat the multimillionaire former businessman. 


In this Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 courtroom sketch, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, right, appears via video from a Colorado prison during his re-sentencing in a federal courtroom in Chicago.
Tom Gianni/Associated Press
December 24, 2016

Blagojevich Seeks Presidential Commutation Of Prison Term

Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is seeking a presidential commutation of the 14-year sentence he's serving for his corruption conviction. U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman Dena W. Iverson said Friday the department has received a petition for commutation from Blagojevich.


Roberta Morris' creation, the tiny village of 500 pieces on display through New Year's Day at Urbana's Lincoln Square Mall.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 23, 2016

Holiday ‘Little Village’ Display Keeps Growing

Roberta Morris has been collecting 'little village' pieces for more than 20 years. It's paid off, with three years of displays at Urbana's Lincoln Square Mall, and at other charitable events in the area before that. Her glimpse of life in the 1950's now contains over 500 pieces. It's on display through New Year's Day.


Timothy Killeen
University of Illinois
December 22, 2016

Killeen: Merit-Based Raises Coming in 2017

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen sent a mass e-mail Thursday, saying a merit-based 2-percent salary program is coming in February and March of next year. He said leaders have worked hard to manage resources effectively despite the state budget impasse. Administrators and leaders on each campus will announce the timeline for the raises in January.


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