Tom Murphy Courtesy of the Institute for Genomic Biology-University of Illinois
November 16, 2016

“The Art Of Yellowstone Science” Combines Science And Artwork; Illinois Budget Update

On the 21st: We talked with an Illinois scientist and a photographer who collaborated on a new book about the crossover of science and artwork found at Yellowstone National Park. Plus, we followed up on the state budget post-election and how it's still affecting people in Illinois.


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
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November 16, 2016

Rauner And Legislative Leaders Meet On Budget

For the first time since summer ... Governor Bruce Rauner and the legislature's four top leaders got together Tuesday morning. The meeting didn't last long. Roughly a half an hour.  And another meeting was scheduled for Wednesday morning.


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner at a Veteran's Day event in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/AP
November 12, 2016

Rauner ‘Excited’ Over Budget Possibilities, Glad Election Is Over

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he hopes lawmakers get to work on trying to end an epic budget impasse when they return to Springfield for a brief session next week.

Rauner said he wants to meet with legislative leaders Monday to discuss how to proceed, but Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan hasn't responded.


More than 300 students rallied by the U of I's alma mater statue Friday, in protest of the election of Donald Trump as president.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
November 11, 2016

Anti-Trump Rally Held On U Of I Campus

We’ve seen rallies in cities around the country following the election of Donald Trump as president - including Friday on the campus of the University of Illinois. More than 300 from groups like the Mexican Student Association and Students Against Sexual Assualt addressed the crowd before marching on the Urbana campus quad. The peaceful rally was promoted as way to come together in solidarity against white supremacy, racism, and overall acts of oppression.


Charles and Doris Lehman, of Sparta, Illinois, at the Pour House bar in Marissa, Illinois.
Durrie Bouscaren/St. Louis Public Radio
November 11, 2016

Without Congressional Action, Retired Coal Workers Could Lose Benefits By End Of 2016

Thousands of former coal workers and dependents who worked for now-bankrupt coal companies could lose their health insurance at the end of the year if Congress does not pass legislation to fund it. Retirees in southern Illinois say losing their health insurance would amount to a broken promise from the coal companies that would have devastating effects to their well-being.


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