Randy Peterson (middle) debates fellow candidates Jim Acklin (left) and Brad Halbrook for Illinois' 102nd District House race at the Champaign City Building February 17.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
February 23, 2016

102nd District House Race Interviews: Randy Peterson

Peterson is one of three Republicans vying to succeed Adam Brown in Illinois' largely rural 102nd District House Race.  A farmer, construction firm manager, and Edgar County Republican Party chair, Peterson has Brown's endorsement in the March 15 primary.  No Democrats have filed to run for the seat.

Members of the Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education meet at the U of I's Alice Campbell Alumni Center.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
February 22, 2016

C-U Mayors, Business Leaders, Students Weigh In On Impasse

The Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education looks at the state's nearly 9-month budget impasse, and not only the impact on students, but the local economy.  Members who held a press conference Monday include mayors, those leading research efforts on the University of Illinois campus, and student leaders from the U of I and Parkland College.

The most used words in social media posts about the Illinois budget stand off
Crimson Hexagon
February 17, 2016

Illinois Public Radio Budget Address Special

Governor Bruce Rauner presented his 2017 budget today, February 17. But we’re in uncharted territory here - because as we all know - we don’t have a 2016 budget. There are so many questions about this budget impasse. During the hour before the governor’s speech we took your questions.

Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
February 16, 2016

Champaign Cty Board Of Review Reaffirms Decision On Hospital Properties

The Champaign County Board of Review is leaving properties owned by Urbana's two hospitals on the property tax rolls, for now.  But an attorney representing both the Carle health system and Presence Covenant says the 3-member panel shouldn't make this decision without 'waiting for the legal dust to clear.'

Pay at pump gas pump
February 09, 2016

Gas Tax, 911 Surcharge Among Legislative Ideas Backed By Local Officials

Local elected officials are endorsing a series of measures for state legislators to look at as way of solving the 8-budget impasse.  The Champaign and Urbana City Councils are reviewing some of those proposals in meetings this week after those bodies and others discussed them with lawmakers last week.

A Sept. 30, 2015 file photo of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. In the background is the dome of the state Capitol.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
February 08, 2016

Illinois State Museum Reaches Deal To Reopen

The Illinois State Museum has a deal to re-open, just days after Governor Bruce Rauner suggested that it start charging admission and look for private support. The Department of Natural Resources says lawmakers must grant the authority to charge entry fees so the museum can reopen within weeks instead of months.

The offices of Rape, Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services in Urbana, which has reduced operation to four days a week due to the lack of a state budget.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
February 07, 2016

Illinois Social Service Agencies Scrape By, Wait For Answers

Some Illinois social service groups say within a few months, they'll be forced to either close their doors or borrow money if the governor and legislators can't agree on a budget.  Directors of agencies like the Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center and Circle of Friends Adult Day Care say they're worried for both their employees and they people they serve.

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