Illinois Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, reacts to applause after taking the oath of office in the House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
April 27, 2017

State GOP Lawmakers Claim Rauner Won’t Layoff Nurses

A group of Republican lawmakers say Gov. Bruce Rauner has rescinded his decision to lay off 124 nurses at the Illinois Department of Corrections. Rauner was planning to move the jobs to a private contractor. The governor has not confirmed the announcement. The Illinois Nurses Association, the union representing the IDOC nurses, says it’s taking all this with some skepticism.


Helen J. McCorkle Public School, which was closed in Chicago several years ago.
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April 27, 2017

Superintendents Speak Out On Budget Impasse; IDOT Patronage Hiring; History Of Black Music Class

On the 21st: We talked with two school superintendents about why they could have trouble opening in the fall without a full state budget. Plus, we learned how top Democrats helped friends and relatives land jobs at the Illinois Department of Transportation, and discussed how local high school students are learning about the history of jazz.


Parkland Trustees being sworn in: Rochelle Harden, Bianca Green, Dana Trimble and Greg Knott.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
April 27, 2017

Parkland Professor Is Now Also Parkland Trustee

Rochelle Harden was sworn in Wednesday night as the first-ever African-American trustee at Parkland College in Champaign. But that milestone has been overshadowed by the fact that the new trustee is also a member of the community college’s faculty.


John Bambenek
John Bambenek
April 26, 2017

Rauner Withdraws Nomination Of Bambanek To IBHE

Bambenek's 2016 nomination was never confirmed by the Illinois State Senate and drew protests from University of Illinois faculty, who said he wasn't qualified to serve.


Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert
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April 26, 2017

Illinois Board Terminates Hastert’s State Lawmaker Pension

An Illinois retirement board is terminating former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s state pension. He’d been collecting about $28-thousand a year for his service in the state legislature. The General Assembly Retirement System's board of trustees voted 5 to 2 Wednesday to end the pension.


The Illinois House floor.
Tom Lisi/NPR Illinois
April 26, 2017

House Democrats Pass Abortion Legislation

As women rallied at the Illinois Capitol Tuesday, the House passed a measure that would allow abortion to be covered by Medicaid and state-employee health insurance. If it also passes the Senate, it would be the first abortion legislation sent to the governor’s desk in 17 years.


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