A sign hangs at a rally Friday July 1, 2016 in Montpelier, Vt., protesting a proposal by Congress that would allow companies to use computer labels to indicated whether a product has been made with the help of genetic engineering.
Wilson Ring/Assocated Press
July 20, 2016

Cong. Davis: GMO Labeling Measure Was Best Solution

Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville said he reluctatly supported a GMO food labeling measure as the clock winded down on Congress last week. This measure, which President Obama is expected to sign, would pre-empt other state laws, including one out of Vermont that Davis calls 'unscientifically based', and meant solely to boost the state's economy.


New U of I Urbana Chancellor Robert Jones
University of Illinois
July 19, 2016

Robert J. Jones Named New Chancellor For U Of I Urbana Campus

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen has named Robert J. Jones to be the new chancellor for the University's Urbana campus, and vice-president of the three-campus U of I system.  He will become the first African-American to hold the post of chancellor in Urbana.


U.S. Senator Dick Durbin meets with a panel of health professionals at Carle Hospital Monday
(Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media.)
July 18, 2016

Durbin Slams GOP For ‘Politicizing’ Zika Virus Funding

Illinois Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says Republican members of the House 'blew it' by adding provisions to a measure to research the Zika Virus that Democratic members couldn't support. That's after a bipartisan Senate agreement to approve $1.1 billion in emergency Zika funding. Congress adjourned until after Labor Day without approving the plan. 


The inside of the new Phoenix Daytime Drop-In Center.
Melany Jackson/C-U at Home
July 18, 2016

Current Plight For C-U Homeless Is ‘Unprecedented’

One year ago, there were 95 beds available in Champaign County for homeless men to use on an emergency basis.  Today they’re all gone, a casualty of the year-long state budget impasse. Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spoke with Melany Jackson, chair of the Champaign County Council of Service Providers for the Homeless, about the situation.


Baton Rouge Police with assault rifles block Airline Highway after police were shot in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 17.
Max Becherer/Associated Press
July 17, 2016

UPDATE:Police Killed By Shooter in Baton Rouge; Shooter Also Dead

Three law enforcement officers have been killed and three others wounded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Police say the suspect was shot and killed at the scene, but it's unclear whether he acted alone. A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation identified him as Gavin Long.


Flag of the state of Indiana.
(Wikimedia Commons)
July 16, 2016

Indiana GOP Sets July 26 Vote On Pence Replacement

Indiana GOP chairman Jeff Cardwell says the 22-member Republican state committee will meet July 26 to vote on who will oppose Democratic nominee John Gregg on the November ballot, now that incumbent Gov. Mike Pence has withdrawn in order to be Donald Trump's running mate.


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