Photo: Becky McCray/flickr
November 02, 2016

Unopposed Races in Illinois; Coalition Seeks To Change Illinois Bail System; Cubs Force Game 7

On the 21st: The Cubs are one game away from ending a century-long World Series Championship drought. We talked about that, plus we learned why more than 60 percent of Illinois state house races are going uncontested this election year. We also spoke with members of an Illinois coalition seeking to change the state's bail system.

Two yard signs in Urbana show opposition for proposed sales tax increase for facilities projects.
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November 01, 2016

Champaign County Voters Have Three Referenda On November Ballot

Voters in Champaign County have three countywide referenda on the ballot this year.  Two of them are dueling proposals about whether to elect a countywide board chair or executive.  The third would raise the county’s sales tax one quarter of a percentage point for a period of twelve years, with the revenue slated to go toward facilities projects, including an expanded county jail at the satellite location in east Urbana.

November 01, 2016

Food Stamps Saved, But The Next Clock’s Already Ticking

Illinois has taken steps to prevent 260,000 residents from losing government food assistance. That gives the state a year to prepare these individuals for the job market.

Under federal law, poor people without kids or significant health problems are cut off from food stamps; they're limited to three months of eligibility in three years' time.

Republican and Democratic party logos
October 28, 2016

Illinois Issues: Legislative Races To Watch

The presidential race is capturing most voters' attention. But here in Illinois, there's record-breaking spending going into races for the General Assembly. Hanging in the balance is the state of Illinois, or at least its budget, anyway.

Edward Feser, interim provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
L. Brian Stauffer / Illinois News Bureau
October 28, 2016

UI Provost Delivers Cold, Hard Facts

University of Illinois Urbana campus interim provost Edward Feser talks about the financial difficulties facing the university due to the state's budget impasse, in an interview with Illinois Public Radio Education Desk reporter Dusty Rhodes.

.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
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October 27, 2016

Kirk Backs Off Write-In Vote For Petraeus

For months, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has said he would write in former CIA Director David Petraeus for president. This week, Kirk backed off that stance, praising Petraeus’s military record but refusing to confirm he would vote for him. Kirk also reiterated his frustration with Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

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