Rodney Davis
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
July 05, 2015

Davis Says Trade With Cuba Could Help Overthrow Castro Regime

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) says he supports normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba as a step towards expanded trade with the country, which he believes would help hasten the overthrow of the Castro regime.


In this Dec. 9, 2013 file photo, Dick Van Dyke arrives at the U.S. premiere of "Saving Mr. Banks" at Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif. Van Dyke's childhood home could be torn down after the city condemned the dilapidated building in Da
(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
July 05, 2015

Actor Van Dyke’s Childhood Home On Condemned List

The star of films like "Mary Poppins" and TV's "The Dick Van Dyke Show" took to Twitter last week, calling attention to the Danville home he and his brother lived in during high school.


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks with Employees of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Springfield.  Rauner said a partial state government shutdown is worth the pain if it brings fundamental change to business and po
(Brian Mackey/WUIS)
June 30, 2015

Rauner: Shutdown Worth Pain If It Brings Change

Governor Bruce Rauner has told a group of state workers that a partial shutdown of Illinois government will be worth it if it brings change.  Meanwhile, Democrats will consider a temporary budget to fund essential state services for a month.


Illinois State Capitol
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June 30, 2015

Rauner, Madigan ‘Circling Like Dogs’

Illinois legislators will return to Springfield Tuesday, leaving them one last day to get a budget deal in order. This year's spending plan expires at midnight on June 30. Not only is there no long-term agreement, there's no sign of a provisional one either.


Kristina Rath, whose 11-year old son is autistic, gets emotional when addressing a group at Champaign's Developmental Services Center Monday.
(Masaki Sugimoto/WILL)
June 29, 2015

Champaign Social Service Groups Issue Plea To Rauner

About 70 people attended a Monday news conference held by Champaign-Urbana Democratic lawmakers Carol Ammons and Scott Bennett.  They say Gov. Bruce Rauner needs to set aside his agenda of business reforms and negotiate for social services that stand to lose funding by the new fiscal year Wednesday.


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