Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon speaks with Sen. Dick Durbin about the prospects for gun control legislation. The Illinois Democrat chaired a Senate hearing on the issue of gun violence, but the congressional debate remains contentious.
A children's advocacy group says Illinois lawmakers must make funding preschool a priority, because enrollment has slipped by 14,000 over the past four years after a decade of gains.
An annual report on Illinois poverty lists Champaign, Coles and Vermilion Counties as having some of the highest poverty rates in the state. Only Jackson and Alexander Counties in southern Illinois had poverty rates higher than those measured in Champaign County in 2011. The numbers come from "Illinois's 33%," which is the annual report on Illinois Poverty issued by the Chicago-based Heartland Alliance.
Illinois’ senior senator is weighing in on a tight race in neighboring Indiana.
Republican Congressman John Shimkus is seeking a 9th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Robin Arbiter is a long-time resident of the Lierman Neighborhood, a low-income area near the corner of Washington and Lierman streets in Urbana.
Leodegario Olea and his wife, Rosa, sit inside the dining room of their six-bedroom house in west Champaign talking money.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced that nearly $1.4 million from a recent settlement will go toward legal help for renters.
The Housing Authority of Champaign County publicly confirmed Thursday that they want to reserve up to 287 housing vouchers for planned redevelopment projects.
Several community members plan to voice concerns Thursday over a set of housing vouchers that are being held in reserve while 400 low-income households are kept on a waiting list.The Housing Authority of Champaign County said earlier this month that it had 233 “housing choice vouchers” in reserve to provide assistance for those households displaced by redevelopment projects.