September 16, 2016

Federal Loan To Help Monticello Build New Wastewater Treatment Plant

The US Department of Agriculture has awarded the city of Monticello a $14 million loan to build a new wastewater treatment plant. The announcement comes a year after Illinois' Attorney General sued the city over the release of untreated wastewater into streets. 

Republican vice president candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks at the Republican National Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 13.
Cliff Owen/Associated Press
September 14, 2016

Lawyers Questioned Over Indiana’s Syrian Refugees Order

Attorneys defending Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's order to bar state agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in his state have been fiercely questioned by a federal appeals court. The three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago zeroed in on the intelligence and intent behind the Republican vice presidential candidate's order.

School discipline reform advocate Quentin Anderson and school administrator Kevin Hampton.
Courtesy of Quentin Anderson, Kevin Hampton
September 14, 2016

The Principal Behind The Principle Of School Discipline

An advocate for Illinois' new school discipline law often tells the story of an assistant principal whose handling of his many 8th-grade discipline citations made a difference in his life. Dusty Rhodes decided to track down the administrator cited in the story.

Exelon's Clinton nuclear power station, in an undated photo.
(Wikimedia Commons)
September 13, 2016

Exelon Holds Out Hope For Legislative Solution

Exelon wants to state lawmakers approve the Next Generation Energy measure this fall benefitting two of its nuclear plants, including one at Clinton. This week was considered a "point of no return" in some reports, but a company spokesperson says the decision could be reversed as late as November.

Independent Map Amendment logo
Independent Maps Coalition
September 13, 2016

Illinois Supreme Court Won’t Reconsider Redistricting Ruling

The Illinois Supreme Court has denied a request to reconsider its ruling that a group's initiative to change how legislative districts are drawn is ineligible for the November ballot. The court issued the ruling Tuesday on a 4-3 vote. The court ruled last month that the Independent Maps coalition's proposal was unconstitutional.

Area residents protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline await the start of Monday Urbana's City Council Committee of the Whole meeting.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 13, 2016

Urbana Council To Consider Resolution Against Dakota Pipeline

Urbana Aldermen will vote at their meeting next week on a resolution to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. The vote to consider the resolution later was added to Monday night's Committee of the Whole agenda after a number of people spoke out against the proposal, saying it could pose an environmental hazard, and post a threat to tribal sacred sites in North Dakota.

St. Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood)
September 09, 2016

The Other K-12 Funding Reform Commission

There's a commission on reforming how public schools are funded in Illinois, formed by the Governor. Then there's the meetings hosted by St. Senator Kimberly Lightford, where lawmakers of both parties --- and lobbyists, too --- get together to discuss the hard questions around education funding reform.

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