Bruce Rauner
Amanda Vinicky/IPR
August 13, 2016

Rauner Vetoes Automatic Voter Registration Bill

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation to allow automatic voter registration in Illinois. The Republican vetoed the plan Friday. He says he wants additional safeguards to ensure that those signed up to vote are eligible.


In this Jan. 15, 2014 file photo, a Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration in Los Angeles.
Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press
July 27, 2016

Champaign Council Unanimously Backs Body Cams For Police

The Champaign City Council has taken the initial step towards providing police body cameras for all city officers.  Members unanimously endorsed providing the cameras for 125 officers in Tuesday’s study session, with a final contract expected in 4 to 6 weeks. Police Chief Anthony Cobb says the cameras increase accountability, and make things safer for both the officer and the public.


A sign in front of a home on Urbana's Lincoln Avenue protests Carle Hospital's tax-exempt status.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media.
May 25, 2016

Illinois Supreme Court To Review Hospital Taxation Issue

The state's high court will review a case regarding the constitutionality of hospital tax exemptions, and will hear arguments involving Urbana's Carle Foundation Hospital.  A lower court ruled in January that the 2012 state law allowing hospitals to avoid paying property taxes is unconstitutional.


Statewide boundaries for United States congressional districts in Illinois, since 2013
Public Domain
May 03, 2016

When It Rains Redistricting, Ballot Options May Pour

On a 105 to 7 vote members of the Illinois House voted to give up the power of drawing their own districts. The remap proposal would give that authority to a court-appointed panel. 

After a dearth of redistricting opportunities, there's a chance Illinois voters could be faced with several options in the November election.


Muslim women ride the subway
Penguin Press
April 28, 2016

‘Excellent Daughters’ Throughout The Middle East Are Transforming Life In Their Countries

Journalist Katherine Zoepf (zohf) covered the Middle East for The New York Times between 2004 and 2010. And she says the reality is much more nuanced than the views of the region commonly held in the US. Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort talked with Zoepf about the stories shared in her recent book "Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of the Young Women Who are Transforming the Arab World."


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