Urbana Ward 7 Alderwoman Diane Marlin, who's announced her candidacy for mayor.
Della Perrone Photography
June 17, 2016

Urbana Alderwoman Marlin Plans Mayoral Run

Ward 7 Alderwoman Diane Marlin says she wants to be become 'the city's biggest cheeleader,' and adopt a positive tone in launching her campaign for mayor.  She admits the fight over property tax exemptions at the city's two hospitals are hurting finances, but also says it's taking up too much of the focus on the city. 


Campaign button featuring Adlai Stevenson and Estes Kefauver
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June 15, 2016

1st-Ever Televised Presidential Debate From 1956 Now Online

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield has put the first-ever televised presidential debate on YouTube --- featuring former Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson II and Tennessee Senator Estes Kaufauver from 1956.


Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus
Wikimedia Commons
June 11, 2016

State Universities Earn Credit Rating ‘Review’

In week in which two rating agencies lowered Illinois' bond rating during a state budget impasse, Moody's Investors Services says it will review the credit worthiness of seven state schools, including the University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University, and Illinois State University.


In this Tuesday, May 31, 2016 photo, Illinois lawmakers press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session inside the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Assocated Press
June 09, 2016

Moody’s Lowers Illinois’ Credit Rating Over Budget Impasse

Moody's Investors Services has lowered the state's credit rating another level, to Baa2, two levels above "junk" status, citing the "political gridlock" that's blocked Illinois from having a budget for more than a year. Gov. Bruce Rauner says this news "underscores the need for real structural changes to repair the years of unbalanced budgets and deficit spending by the majority party on Illinois’ finances."


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