White board with school funding written on it.
Carter Staley / NPR Illinois
January 18, 2017

Education Desk: McConnaughay Sees Signals Of Compromise

For the past 20 years, school funding in Illinois has relied heavily on property taxes, which means schools near prime commercial or residential areas thrive, while others struggle to get by. Since August, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers has been meeting regularly to try to come up with a better way to fund public schools.


Former Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush, the subject of Tuesday's separation agreement with the city.
Champaign Police Department
January 17, 2017

Champaign Permanently Terminates Officer Matt Rush

The city of Champaign has permanently terminated police officer Matt Rush after two-and-a-half years of appeals and litigation. City Manager Dorothy David announced the $50,000 separation agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police at the conclusion of Tuesday's Champaign City Council meeting. Rush was twice fired by the city, and was the subject of multiple excessive force lawsuits, costing the city more than $300,000 in settlements.


Former Congressman Aaron Schock, R-Ill., speaks in support of Bruce Rauner during a gubernatorial campaign rally outside the State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 17, 2017

Magistrate Sets Trial Date For Former Congressman Schock

A federal magistrate has ruled former U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock will be tried this summer on federal corruption charges. Magistrate Judge Tom Schanzle-Haskins on Tuesday set the July 11 date for Schock's trial on fraud, filing a false tax return, theft of government funds and falsification of Federal Election Commission filings charges.


Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill)
Amanda Vinicky/IPR
January 17, 2017

Rauner Should Personally Negotiate With AFSCME: Manar

Andy Manar, whose Illinois Senate district includes a large number of state employees, is once again challenging Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to personally negotiate with AFSCME, the state’s largest government union.  


In this Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters after meeting with legislative leaders during veto session in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 16, 2017

Gov. Rauner Signs School, Daycare Lead-Testing Law

Illinois elementary schools and day care centers must test drinking water sources for lead and notify parents of the results under legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The plan for required one-time testing takes effect immediately and applies to schools with students up to grade 5 and facilities built before 2000.


H. Lee Holsapple, sheriff of Macon County, Illinois from 1986 to 1998.
Macon County Sheriff's Department
January 16, 2017

H. Lee Holsapple, Former Macon Co Sheriff, Dies

H. Lee Holsapple, who served as Macon County Sheriff from 1986 to 1998, has died at the age of 80.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Department says Holsapple passed away from natural causes Sunday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.


Signage is displayed outside a Planned Parenthood office in Peoria, Ill. Donald Trump's political inner circle is very much in favor of defunding the organization.
Daniel Acker / Bloomberg via Getty Images
January 15, 2017

What You Need To Know About The Coming Fight Over Planned Parenthood Funding

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday that Republicans will — once again — vote to cut off federal tax dollars for Planned Parenthood. They are planning to include the measure as part of a bigger upcoming bill to repeal pillars of Obamacare. This isn't the first time that they have tried to pass this type of legislation — President Obama vetoed a similar bill last January.


In this June 9, 2015 photo, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees protest outside the in Chicago.
Christian K. Lee/Associated Press
January 13, 2017

AFSCME Members To Vote On Strike Authorization In Illinois

The largest public-employee union in Illinois will ask its members this month whether they'd support a strike in a contract dispute with Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration. The state council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees told members Friday that they'll vote on authorizing the union's bargaining committee to call a strike.


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