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January 22, 2016

Service Provider Cutting 30 Programs Because of Budget Impasse

The state's largest private provider of social services is closing 30 programs serving nearly 5,000 people.  Lutheran Social Services of Illinois announced Friday it is laying off 750 employees -  about 43 percent of its staff.   President and CEO Mark Stutrud says the state owes $6 million.

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January 21, 2016

Illinois-American Water Requests 18% Rate Hike

A spokeperson for the water company says the request would amount to an increase of $7.50 on a typical bill.  But because of the Illinois Commerce Commission's 11 month review process, it likely wouldn't be approved until January 2017.  

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks to reporters while on the Senate floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Springfield
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January 21, 2016

Rauner Supports Democrat’s Pension Plan With Union Measure

llinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s made a big compromise with the top Senate Democrats on pensions.  But those same Democrats - say there is no compromise at all.  Rauner told reporters Thursday that he spoke to Senate President John Cullerton and they agreed to move forward.  But Cullerton says Rauner misrepresented their conversations.

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen and Trustees Board Chair Ed McMillan
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January 21, 2016

U Of I Trustees Freeze In-State Tuition For Second Straight Year

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says the school is committed to providing access to new students, despite the 7-month state budget impasse.  Trustees unanimously approved freezing tuition, along with a new background check policy on new university hires.

Director and University of Illinois graduate Ang Lee, left, and Guillermo del Toro
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January 21, 2016

Filmmaker Del Toro Attending 18th Ebertfest With ‘Crimson Peak’

Writer/Director Guillermo Del Toro will be the opening night guest at the 18th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, April 13th at Champaign's Virginia Theater, accompanying his 2015 film "Crimson Peak." Further films will be announced in the coming weeks.

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