Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus
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May 09, 2016

U Of I’s Budget Plan To Include FY 2015 Figure From State

State law requires the University of Illinois to submit a budget by the end of the fiscal year.  But it's not clear what's coming from the state, if anything, due to the budget impasse.  In a U of I Trustees committee meeting Monday, Chief Financial Officer Walter Knorr said the school will rely on its fiscal 2015 figure when submitting its budget plan for FY 2017. 


Governor Rauner greets supporters at Nord's Outdoor Power in Bloomington
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May 06, 2016

Rauner Pushes Workers’ Comp Reform In Bloomington

Governor Bruce Rauner has taken his turnaround agenda campaign to Bloomington, calling for workers comp reform to save Caterpillar jobs that are moving to Arizona. He also repeatedly avoided answering questions about him not endorsing apparent GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump.


In this April 28, 2014 photo, students walk past the Alma Mater statue, a landmark on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana
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May 05, 2016

Senate Approves 60-Percent Funding For Universities

A $454 million bill to increase funding for financially struggling Illinois colleges and universities has cleared the state Senate. Lawmakers approved the bill on a near unanimous vote and sent the measure to the House on Thursday.


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May 05, 2016

Behind The Failure Of The Graduated Income Tax

Despite recent hype over the possibility of legislators putting questions on the November ballot to change the constitution, the Illinois House adjourned Wednesday without even voting on proposed amendments. Their lack of action means voters won't be asked whether they want to change how they're taxed.


Bruce Rauner is the Republican nominee for governor of Illinois.
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May 03, 2016

As Rauner Hunts For A Grand Bargain, He’s Leaving The Actual Bargaining To Others

As the state budget impasse has entered an eleventh month, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he's hopeful a "grand bargain" can be worked out by the end of May; but he's leaving the bargaining to others.

Groups of legislators have been meeting in private, attempting to hammer out compromises. Rauner says even though he's the governor he's not directly involved in talks.


Statewide boundaries for United States congressional districts in Illinois, since 2013
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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.


May 01, 2016

Statutes Of Limitation, #MoreThanMean, & Political Roundup

On The 21st: State Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined us to tell us why she thinks the statutes of limitations for sexual assault should be changed. Plus, we spoke with two women in media about online harassment, and in our new Monday political round table, we talked about Chicago State University's recent announcement to lay off 300 employees.


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