In this Nov. 20, 2015 file photo, University of Illinois students walk across the Main Quad on campus in Urbana, Ill. On Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, university trustees approved a tuition freeze for instate freshmen.
David Mercer/Associated Press
August 06, 2016

Rauner Vetoes U Of I Student Trustee Bill

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill backed by the University of Illinois that would have allowed a nonresident student to serve as a student trustee. This means three criteria will remain in place - living in Illinois for least six months, proof of residency, and being a registered voter in Illinois. The measure that failed would have only required one of the three.


Vet Tim Fan with dog
Vet Med at Illinois
August 04, 2016

Nanomedicine & Dogs; Illinois House Races; Redneck Fishin’ Tournament; Black Sheep Fest

On the 21st: We heard from researchers who have developed a drug delivery system to treat dogs with bone cancer. We also spoke about Illinois's political power struggle, learned about a fishing tournament aimed at eliminating invasive species, and heard from the co-owner of a central Illinois music venue that will be hosting a punk music festival this weekend.


In this Wednesday, May 11, 2016 photo, home health care workers and people with disabilities protest during the Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities Awards Ceremony at the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Ill.
Seth Perlman/Assocated Press
August 03, 2016

Illinois Suspends No-Overtime Policy For Home Care Workers

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has suspended its no-overtime policy for workers caring for disabled residents in their homes, just hours before the workers' union planned to file a lawsuit
challenging its legality. Secretary of Human Services James Dimas will seek permission to bar overtime hours through a legislatively approved rule.


Dr. David Gill
David Gill campaign
August 02, 2016

Gill Sues To Get Name On Ballot For 13th District

Bloomington physician David Gill has filed a federal lawsuit, seeking to have his name restored to the ballot as an independent candidate for Illinois' 13th Congressional District. The suit seeks to change the minimum requirement for independent candidates. This is Gill's fifth attempt at Congress, running four unsucessful Democratic candidacies.


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan talks with Amanda Vinicky and WBBM's Craig Dellimore.
Steve Brown/House Speaker Madigan's Office
August 01, 2016

Michael Madigan: A DNC Interview With The Chairman Of The Democratic Party Of Illinois

As Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, House Speaker Michael Madigan ran the show for Illinois’ delegation last week at the Democratic National Convention. Madigan took some time before the convention wrapped up to sit down in Philadelphia with Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky and WBBM radio's Craig Dellimore.


Mike Madigan and Amanda Vinicky
Steve Brown
July 29, 2016

Madigan On Illinois Issues; United Way; Sunscreen; Scientists With Disabilities

On the 21st: We heard highlights from a recent interview with Speaker Michael Madigan, and learned about how the state budget impasse is impacting a non-governmental organization that supports social service agencies across the state. We also talked about the science of sunscreen and met a chemistry graduate student who wants to raise awareness about scientists with disabilities.


In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, marijuana grows at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is working with Illinois police on how to handle a law change making marijuana possession in small am
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
July 29, 2016

Rauner Signs Bill Reducing Pot Penalties

Gov. Rauner has approved a bill making small amount of marijuana possession punishable with fines, not jail. The new law means possessing 10 grams of pot or less will be a civil offense punishable with a fine of up to $200.


Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., waves to delegates during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 28, 2016.
J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press
July 28, 2016

Attorney General: Duckworth Lawsuit Settlement Final

The Illinois Attorney General's office says a settlement in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is final and the plaintiffs can't back out even if no paperwork
was signed. Duckworth faces GOP U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in a November election that could influence control of the Senate.


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