Bradfield debates Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing in March 2013 at the Champaign City Building.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 02, 2016

Republican Bradfield Launches Third Attempt At Urbana Mayor

Engineer and land surveyor Rex Bradfield is launching another campaign for the office of Urbana mayor. With three Democrats in the race, that means there will be a competitive general election for the office in April. Bradfield has twice lost to incumbent Laurel Prussing, in 2009 and 2013. He says Urbana city government needs to to more to lure business to the city, and says funds have been wasted on downtown projects like the Boneyard Creek beautification.


Logo for the American Federal of State County and Municipal Workers
AFSCME
November 30, 2016

Lawmakers Ask Gov. Rauner To Resume Contract Talks

Nearly three dozen Illinois legislators of both political stripes are asking Gov. Bruce Rauner to resume contract negotiations with the state's largest public-employee union. Most were Democrats, but a couple of Republicans joined in.  A state labor board sided with Rauner this month that talks were at "impasse', meaning the governor can impose his terms. He did that a second time Wednesday in announcing an employee drug and alcohol testing plan.


Proponents of immigration reform rallied in Chicago in 2010.
Flickr/SEIU1
November 29, 2016

Illinois Issues: Deferred Decision

More than 40,000 undocumented Illinois residents, who came to the country as children, are protected from deportation and are able to work under an executive order put in place by President Barack Obama. But during his campaign, Donald Trump pledged to “immediately terminate” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — often referred to as DACA. 


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Illinois Lawmakers
November 29, 2016

More Meetings On State Budget, No Apparent Progress

Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois legislative leaders are scheduled to meet to discuss the state budget on Tuesday. But after a budget meeting on Monday, even people in the meeting were not sure if any progress was being made.


Republican State Rep. Adam Brown of Champaign, who did not run for re-election in 2016.
Illinois General Assembly
November 28, 2016

GOP Rep. Brown Hopes For Budget Compromise

It’s the final week of the fall veto session - and the last few days in office for State Representative Adam Brown of Champaign. The three-term House Republican, who did not run for re-election this year, says it’s a "shame" that the state budget hasn’t gotten more attention since lawmakers returned to Springfield two weeks ago.


The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield
(Wikipedia)
November 28, 2016

Fall Veto Session Enters Final Week

A major energy package, automatic voter registration ---- and the state budget --- are all on the line … as state lawmakers return to the capitol this week. It’s the second half of the annual veto session.


 In this April 19, 2016 file photo, Fidel Castro attends the last day of the 7th Cuban Communist Party Congress in Havana, Cuba.
Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate via Associated Press
November 26, 2016

Former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Dies At Age 90

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has died at age 90, according to Cuban state media, confirms NPR. Castro, who took power in the Cuban revolution in 1959, led his country for nearly 50 years. After undergoing intestinal surgery, Castro had ceded power in July 2006, to his younger brother Raul, who announced his death late Friday on Cuban state television.


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