The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
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December 01, 2016

Stalemate Continues In Springfield With Schools Veto, Union Lawsuit

In a sign the stalemate in Springfield is as strong as ever, Governor Bruce Rauner on Thursday vetoed a bill that had once been held up as proof he and Democratic leaders were capable of working together. The action leaves politicians divided and could leave the financially-ailing Chicago Public Schools short some $215 million.


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December 01, 2016

Illinois Politics; K-12 Education Report; World AIDS Day; Author Discusses ‘Make Someone Happy’

On the 21st: We talked Illinois politics with two reporters and discussed a new report that reveals that many low-income students lag behind their wealthier peers. Plus, we spoke with an infectious disease physician about the progress made in treating HIV. Plus, Chicago-based author Elizabeth Berg joined us to talk about her latest book, a collection of her writings from Facebook.


November 29, 2016

What Is ‘Run, Hide, Fight’?

Many college campuses – including the University of Illinois -- have adopted the "Run, Hide, Fight" tactic that gained national attention during Monday's attack by a student at the Ohio State University. That student was later shot and killed by police. We asked U of I Police to explain the guidelines. 


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November 29, 2016

What’s ‘Run, Hide, Fight’?; Overtime Rules; Scholarship Donation; Reporting Sexual Assault Via App

On the 21st: We discussed what the slogan "Run Hide Fight" means and we heard how companies in Illinois are dealing with the back-and-forth on the new overtime pay rules. Plus, we discussed a scholarship donation to the University of Illinois and learned about a new app that aims to help students report sexual assault on campuses.


Foellinger Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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November 23, 2016

U of I Suspends Overtime Changes After Court Ruling Against Labor Department

The University of Illinois says it's suspending immediately all of the recent changes announced ahead of the new federal overtime rules. That includes salary increases and overtime eligibility related to the new changes under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The move comes after a federal judge in Texas blocked nationwide implementation of the new rules. 


Chicago State University
Chicago State University
November 23, 2016

IL Higher Ed Board Hands $17 Million To Struggling Schools

Three of the public universities hardest hit by the state budget crisis will split $17 million in emergency funding, according to the Chicago Tribune. The paper reports that the Illinois Board of Higher Education voted unanimously Wednesday to send the lifeline funding to Chicago State, Western Illinois and Eastern Illinois universities.


Senator Dick Durban
November 19, 2016

Sen. Durbin Supports Campus Efforts To Protect Students From Deportation

With ongoing efforts at the University of Illinois and other colleges to declare themselves sanctuary campuses, US Senator Dick Durbin says he supports efforts to protect students who may have entered the country illegally or overstayed their visa – as long as they haven't committed a crime.


immigration rally
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November 15, 2016

How Trump’s Presidency Affects DACA; Police-Community Relations; Elissa Altman’s New Memoir

On the 21st: We discussed concerns regarding the possible loss of protections from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy, which president-elect Donald Trump has said he would rescind. We also talked with a retired police officer about building trust with the community, and spoke with the author of the memoir "Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw."


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