The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
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June 17, 2015

Pension Expert: Illinois Is “The State You Don’t Want To Be”

While state leaders haggle over next year's budget, Illinois' $111 billion unfunded pension liabilty remains the elephant in the room.  Don Boyd is a senior fellow at the Rockefeller Institute in Albany, New York, and studies state finance with a focus on pensions.  Boyd spoke with Morning Edition Host Brian Moline about the causes of the shortfall and some possible solutions.


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June 13, 2015

State Sues City Of Monticello Over 2014 Sewage Discharge

Monticello is facing a lawsuit filed by the Illinois attorney general's office, over its July, 2014 discharge of raw sewage, after a heavy rainstorm that overwhelmed the city's sanitary sewer system.


Steven Salaita speaks during a news conference in Champaign in September.
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June 12, 2015

Judge Orders U Of I To Release Salaita Emails

Since November, U of I has repeatedly denied the FOIA requests for the emails citing that producing the documents would be unduly burdensome. Salaita’s attorney Anand Swaminathan said the issue was never about burden, but rather about access.


Emma Todd, 20, has become an activist for transgender people. At 15, the Springfield native came out as transgender to her mother.
(Credit Courtesy of Emma Todd)
June 10, 2015

Being Transgender In Illinois

Never before has there been as much attention paid to what it means to be transgender.  Illinois offers more protections from discrimination and harrassment than most states, but some are still pushing to ensure a good quality of life for people whose gender identity does not match their anatomy.


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