Head shot of Jerry Costello.
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April 08, 2017

Lawmakers Send State-Nurse Protection Bill To Rauner

The Illinois General Assembly has sent legislation to Gov. Bruce Rauner that would prohibit further privatization of health care workers in state prisons. Lawmakers sent the measure to Rauner Friday. It won House approval a day earlier 68-42.


Guest speakers and supporters at the I-CAUSE rally at the U of I Urbana campus
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April 07, 2017

Campus Groups Rally In Support Of DACA Students

University of Illinois students living in the US without legal authorization talked about how their status keeps them from reaching their full potential at a campus rally Friday. I-CAUSE, or the Illinois Coalition Assisting Undocumented Students' Education, held the second annual 'Coming Out of the Shadows' event on the U of I campus quad. The group also provides training to other students and faculty on how to become advocates.


The Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Friday.
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April 07, 2017

Senate Confirms Gorsuch To Supreme Court

Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed Friday as the 113th justice to serve on the nation's highest court. In a largely party-line vote, Gorsuch received the support of 54 senators.


Alicia Beck, who won a District 2 seat on Champaign City Council Tuesday.
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April 05, 2017

New City Council Member Beck Wants Champaign To Become Sanctuary City

A newcomer to the Champaign City Council hopes to see the city offer the same protections for those living in the country illegally that Urbana officials have provided. Alicia Beck topped 32-year incumbent Michael LaDue Tuesday to win the District 2 council seat, 63 to 37 percent. Beck says some of her backers want Champaign to explore the idea of becoming a sanctuary city, which Urbana reaffirmed in late 2016.


Campaign signs cover the lawn outside the Brookens Administrative Center in Urbana.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 05, 2017

Municipal Election Roundup

The Champaign County village of Savoy has a new village president for the first time since 1989. That's one of many area races decided in Tuesday's Illinois municipal election.


Diane Marlin celebrates her victory with supporters at Pizza M in Urbana.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 04, 2017

Marlin Wins Urbana Mayor’s Race

Democratic Alderwoman Diane Marlin will be Urbana’s next mayor after netting more than 42-hundred votes Tuesday. Republican opponent Rex Bradfield finished with 680. Marlin will be sworn into office on May 1.


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