Illustration of district drawing.
Rici Hoffarth/St. Louis Public Radio
April 25, 2017

Illinois Democrats Guard District-Drawing Privileges

It's a sentiment shared by Democratic politicians and liberal pundits: disgust over how Republicans drew up favorable (for them) legislative districts after the 2010 Census. But one place Democrats aren't fighting is Illinois, where they could be seen as the bad guy, having drawn legislative boundaries in 2011 that put the GOP at a disadvantage.


Illustration of a report card.
Chelsea Beck/NPR
April 24, 2017

Trump’s 100-Day Plan, Annotated: Where His Promises Stand

The end of this week marks the 100th day of President Trump's term, and NPR is revisiting his full action plan, with annotations from journalists throughout the newsroom, taking stock of how the president's accomplishments compare with his campaign promises.


Governor Bruce Rauner
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
April 22, 2017

To Explain Change On Abortion, Rauner Cites Economic Agenda

Governor Bruce Rauner was asked Friday why he’s changed his position on an abortion law since the 2014 campaign. At issue is whether Illinois should repeal a prohibition on using state money for the procedure. The restriction affects state employees and low-income people on government health programs.


Formulas on a chalkboard.
Carter Staley/NPR Illinois
April 21, 2017

School Funding Plans: The Devil Is In The Details

School funding is one of the key issues in the General Assembly’s budget debate. Everyone agrees the current funding formula needs to change, but there’s less agreement on how to fix it.


State Senator Daniel Biss of Evanston
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 21, 2017

Senator, Gubernatorial Hopeful Biss Visits Champaign

State Senator Daniel Biss wants to beat Bruce Rauner in next year’s gubernatorial election. But the Evanston Democrat doesn’t blame all of the state’s problems on the GOP incumbent. The former University of Chicago mathemetician addressed a gathering of 50 people in a downtown Champaign bar on Thursday, three days after another candidate for governor, J.B. Pritzker, was in the area.


State Rep. Carol Ammons and Rep. Will Guzzardi are joined by a panel of home health care workers
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 20, 2017

Reps. Ammons, Guzzardi, Push For Minimum Wage Hike

State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) says a higher minimum wage would help both workers and the economy. Ammons was part of a rally in Champaign Wednesday, pushing to raise minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 an hour over five years.


Construction at the University of Illinois Research Park.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
April 19, 2017

Champaign City Council Approves Research Park Expansion

The research park at the University of Illinois continues to grow. The Champaign City Council approved two measures Tuesday night for the research park’s expansion on the south end of Champaign.


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