Candidates for Parkland College's Board of Trustees gather in the Student Union cafeteria for Monday's debate.
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March 07, 2017

State Budget Impasse Dominates Talk At Parkland Trustees Debate

Some of the candidates seeking seats on the Parkland College Board of Trustees admit further budget cuts may have to be considered amid a nearly two-year state budget impasse. Tuition hikes, the future of Parkland's sports programs, and the viability of having some four-year degree programs were also among the topics discussed among the community college's ten Board of Trustees candidates Monday night. 


President Donald Trump waves as he arrives at the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 5, 2017, from a trip to Florida.
Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press
March 06, 2017

Trump Signs New Order Blocking Arrivals From 6 Majority-Muslim Countries

President Donald Trump has signed a revised travel ban that temporarily halts entry to the U.S. for people from six Muslim-majority nations who are seeking new visas. It also suspends the country's refugee program. That's according to White House spokesman Michael Short, who says the signing was done privately. The new directive aims to address legal issues with the original order, which caused confusion at airports, sparked protests around the country and was ultimately blocked by federal courts.


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters after greeting veteran and participating in "Breakfast to Veterans for Veterans Day" Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
March 03, 2017

Rauner Barred From Immediately Imposing Contract Terms

An Illinois appellate court has temporarily barred Gov. Bruce Rauner from imposing his contract terms on the state's largest public employee union. The 4th District Court of Appeals sided with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 on Friday.


Republican State Senator Chapin Rose of Mahomet.
Seth Perlman / AP
March 03, 2017

With ‘Grand Bargain’ In Doubt, State Senators Go Home Until Tuesday

Illinois Senators left Springfield Thursday without voting on the so-called "grand bargain.” Senate President John Cullerton says Democrats were left out to dry by Governor Bruce Rauner. He says Rauner instructed Republicans to withhold their support. But GOP Senator Chapin Rose, of Mahomet, says his side can wait a couple more weeks for a better deal.


An official parking placard visible inside the windshield of a car parked in front of Caterpillar headquarters on Adams Street in downtown Peoria today
Cass Herrington/WCBU
March 02, 2017

Feds Raid Caterpillar Offices In Illinois

Authorities say the IRS and other federal agencies are taking part in what Caterpillar says is the execution of a search warrant at three of its central Illinois facilities. The number of vehicles and reports from inside Caterpillar indicate this is a multi-agency effort, including the IRS, FDIC, and The Department of Commerce-Bureau of Industry and Security.


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