President Barack Obama awards former Illinois Rep. Abner Mikva the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press
July 05, 2016

Abner Mikva, Liberal Voice From Illinois, Dies At 90

Abner Mikva, a former Illinois congressman, state legislator, federal appellate judge and presidential adviser, has died. The head of Mikva Challenge, a leadership organization Mikva founded, says Mikva died Monday in hospice care at Rush University Medical Center.


In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo, Illinois state Rep. Louis Lang speaks during a legislative session at the Capitol in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
July 05, 2016

Lang: Medical Cannabis Extension Required Sacrifices

Illinois' medical marijuana pillot program has been extended from January 2018 to July 2020. The measure signed last week by Gov. Bruce Rauner also means PTSD and terminal illness are now among the qualifying conditions. But the primary sponsor of the pilot program also means it will become more difficult to add more qualifying conditions.


Foellinger Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
JanetandPhil/flickr
July 02, 2016

Many Illinois Universities Take Credit Hit After Stop-Gap Budget

Higher education was a major victim of Illinois’ year-long budget impasse. That makes it one of the winners in the stopgap spending plan passed this week.  But universities aren’t breathing too easily. University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen expressed gratitude for the compromise, but said more must be done. In an email to students and employees yesterday, he said the U of I will receive roughly 55-percent of what it saw in 2015 – the last year higher education was fully funded.


Graphic Reading: The State of Illinois has no Budget; I care slash don't care because followed by a blank line
Khaoula Dellahi and Ben Thomas Payne
June 30, 2016

Is There A Lack of Empathy Around The State Budget Impasse?; Argonne Celebrates 70 Years

On The 21st: Is there a lack of empathy around the budget impasse? Do citizens of the state feel helpless to do anything? We spoke with Kurt Gray, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina; and Scott Althaus, Director, Cline Center for Democracy at the University of Illinois, about voters' feelings of, or lack of, empowerment around the budget issue. And Argonne National Laboratory Turns 70 on Friday; we talked about the past and future of this premier research facility.


House Speaker Michael Madigan & Sen. President John Cullerton greet Gov. Bruce Rauner.
WUIS
June 30, 2016

Illinois Issues: The Impasse And The Damage Done

Democratic leaders in the legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner appear to be close to a deal to approve some funding for social service providers, higher education, capital construction and state operations. The proposal would also fund K-12 schools for all of next fiscal year. But the plan can’t erase the destruction caused by the state going for a year without a budget.​​


Illinois Capitol
Wikipedia
June 30, 2016

Budget Impasse Taking A Toll On Area Social Service Agencies

One of the biggest casualties of the year-long budget impasse in Illinois has been social service agencies that receive funding from the state. Sue Grey is the president and CEO of the United Way of Champaign County. Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline spoke with Grey about the effects of the budget impasse on social service agencies in the area.


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