Pemberton Hall, Eastern Illinois University
(Wikimedia Commons)
July 15, 2015

Budget Woes Force Layoffs, Furloughs at EIU

Twenty-six annually contracted faculty have already been told they won't be reappointed, while some positions won't be filled.  Some Administration and Professional employees will be required as many as 14 furlough days.


A view of flooding down West Walnut Street in Watseka.
(courtesy of Donna Collins)
July 13, 2015

Rains In Watseka Force Curfew, Some From Homes And Businesses

Conditions in the Iroquois County city look a bit like they were in January 2008, when about 1,500 residents were forced from their homes.  The Iroquois River was about 6.5 feet above flood stage as of Sunday.


Adolf Tolkachev leaving his car at a roadblock on June 9, 1985.
Courtesy of H. Keith Melton and the Melton Archive
July 10, 2015

A Tale Of Real-Life Espionage In New Book

David Hoffman details the story of Adolf Tolkachev, the most valuable Soviet spy during the Cold War, and the CIA agents he passed hundreds of thousands of pages of information to in his new book – the Billion Dollar Spy. 


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to cabinet members during a meeting at the state Capitol, Feb. 25  in Springfield,
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
July 09, 2015

House Passes 30-Day Budget, Returns To Senate

House Democrats Thursday approved a 30-day budget, sending it back to the Senate.  But Governor Bruce Rauner has been on record saying he won't sign a temporary budget, calling this one "unbalanced."


In this Jan. 9, 2015 file photo, Illinois lawmakers listen to Speaker of the House Michael Madigan in Springfield.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
July 08, 2015

Illinois House Moves Forward On Temporary Budget

Illinois House Democrats say they intend to pass a budget Thursday that would cover many state services through the month. But Governor Bruce Rauner would not say Wednesday if he would veto the plan.


Dollar Symbol
(Svilen.milev / CC-BY-SA-3.0)
July 07, 2015

Judge: No Pay For Illinois Workers Without State Budget

A Cook County judge has ruled that Illinois can't pay state workers in full during the ongoing budget impasse.  Some workers covered under federal law will receive federal minimum wage plus overtime.


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