Head shot of University of Illinois law professor John Colombo
University of Illinois College of Law
January 12, 2017

Encore: Law Professor Dissects Property Tax Exemption Case

The Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a case on the constitutionality of hospital tax exemptions involving Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. In this encore conversation, University of Illinois Law Professor John Colombo spoke about the arguments both sides are making in the case.


The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield
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January 11, 2017

New Legislature, Same Old Problem In Illinois: No Budget

The 100th Illinois General Assembly is being sworn in on Wednesday, taking over efforts to resolve the state's 18-month-old financial crisis. The key players in the battle over the state's budget stalemate remain the same: the conservative businessman-turned-governor Bruce Rauner and Michael Madigan, the old-school Democratic House speaker whose decades at the helm has made him a Capitol institution.  


Champaign County seal, displayed in the Champaign County Boardroom.
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January 11, 2017

Coming To Champaign County April Ballot: Referendums To Sell And Raise Taxes For Nursing Home

Champaign County voters will get a chance to say whether they want to raise their property tax rates to help the financially strapped county nursing home, or allow the county board to sell or otherwise dispose of the facility.

Champaign County Board members approved both questions for the April 4 ballot, during a more than four-hour special meeting on Tuesday night.


President Barack Obama delivered his farewell speech to the nation in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday.
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January 11, 2017

Obama Defends His Legacy As He Says Farewell: ‘Yes We Can. Yes We Did’

President Obama reflected on the achievements of his eight years in the White House on Tuesday night, telling supporters in his hometown of Chicago that they were instrumental in helping him boost the nation's economy, create his signature health care reform law and extend equal rights to more Americans.


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk off Air Force One after arriving at O'Hare International Airport Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Chicago.
AP Photo/Paul Beaty
January 10, 2017

Obama Farewell From Chicago: Live Fact Check

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 8 pm CT. The team will be adding fact-checks and background to Obama's comments as he gives them. We'll be watching in particular for remarks on his legacy, national security, health care and foreign policy, among other topics.


Eastern Illinois University in Charleston
Eastern Illinois University
January 10, 2017

Illinois Issues: A Crash Course In Economics

Over the summer, Hannah Meisel took a look at how the lack of a full state budget was affecting businesses in university towns. This week, Illinois Issues is revisiting that story because as the budget impasse drags on, several universities could face fiscal crisis and college-town economies continue to suffer.


In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, lead grower Dave Wilson cares for marijuana plants in the "Flower Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 09, 2017

Medical Marijuana Clinic Coming To Shelbyville

A business that works to connect those who qualify for medical marijuana to the product, and proper use of it, will open its first downstate clinic in less than a month. Caprice Sweatt, the founder and CEO of Medical Cannabis Outreach says its Shelbyville location will help those whose doctors still don’t approve of using the drug.


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