A chart showing voters skipping the presidential election.
IL Campaign for Political Reform.
December 30, 2016

More Illinois Voters Took A Pass On Presidential Race

While Hillary Clinton won the presidential race in the State of Illinois, a lot of voters chose "none of the above."  Nearly 130-thousand voters skipped the presidential category on the ballot, leaving that blank.  That's more than three times the number who sat out the presidential race 4 years earlier.  


Community Elements CEO Shelia Ferguson discusses her agency's merger with Rockford-based Rosecrance.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 29, 2016

Rosecrance Prepares For More State Funding Cuts

Rosecrance executive director Sheila Ferguson remains hopeful that the agency can partner with other local agencies to weather any further state cuts in 2017.


Donald Trump and Bruce Rauner were part of some of 2016's biggest stories for Illinois Issues.
Trump by Michael Vadon/Flickr / Rauner by Brian Mackey/WUIS
December 28, 2016

Illinois Issues: Top Stories Of 2016

There’s still no budget for Illinois, but some big changes to education policy kicked in this year. As the contentious presidential election played out, several national issues affected the lives of citizens here.


Gov. Bruce Rauner in a visit to an AutoZone distribution facility in Danville March 29.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 26, 2016

Democrats Weigh 2018 Challenge To Rauner; GOP On The Attack

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sent two clear signals when he dumped $50 million into his campaign fund: The 2018 race for Illinois governor will be a rough one, and the contest starts now. What's still unknown is which Democrats will try to unseat the multimillionaire former businessman. 


Timothy Killeen
University of Illinois
December 22, 2016

Killeen: Merit-Based Raises Coming in 2017

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen sent a mass e-mail Thursday, saying a merit-based 2-percent salary program is coming in February and March of next year. He said leaders have worked hard to manage resources effectively despite the state budget impasse. Administrators and leaders on each campus will announce the timeline for the raises in January.


A pump jack sits atop an oil well drilled by Campbell Energy this fall behind the Super 8 hotel in Grayville.
Richard Sitler / The Southern Illinoisan
December 21, 2016

Illinois Issues: Frackonomics

A few years ago, Illinois adopted regulations for high-volume horizontal fracking, but it was slow to get the permitting process up and running. Those in southern Illinois who were hoping for an economic boom have since seen the promise of fracking go bust. 


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