HUD Secretary-designate Ben Carson, speaking at a Donald Trump campaign event in New Hampshire in August, 2016.
Gerald Herbert; / AP
December 05, 2016

Trump Taps Ben Carson For Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Dr. Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development in his incoming administration.

"Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities," Trump said in a statement released Monday. "We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities."


Protestors celebrate at Oceti Sakowin Camp earlier today.
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December 04, 2016

Army Corps Denies Easement For Dakota Access Pipeline

The Army Corps of Engineers has decided to deny a permit for the construction of a key section of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The decision essentially halts the construction on the 1,172-mile oil pipeline about half a mile south of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The decision is also a victory for the thousands of demonstrators across the country who flocked to North Dakota in protest.


Three college basketball players fighting for a rebound.
AP Photo/Andres Kudacki
December 03, 2016

Leron Black’s 18 Helps Illini Men Beat VCU 64-46

The Illini men's basketball team won its second straight game, knocking off Virginia Commonwealth at the HoopHall Miami Invitational. Three Illinois players scored in double figures.


A non-GMO shelf label at a Whole Foods store in Portland, Oregon.
Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images
December 03, 2016

Americans Don’t Trust Scientists’ Take On Food Issues

A new survey finds strong public support for organic food and suspicion of GMO's -- regardless of whether people vote Republican or Democratic.  Also, people don't trust scientists much at all.


Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger begins a news conference on the state budget Thursday, July 14, 2016, in Chicago.
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
December 02, 2016

Munger: Lawmakers Suing Over Pay Are ‘Cowards’

Half-a-dozen Democratic state representatives have sued the Illinois comptroller for holding up their paychecks during the state budget mess. On her last day in office, Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger called the legislators "cowards." Democrat Susanna Mendoza takes over Monday and has pledged to continue withholding paychecks.


103rd District State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana)
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 02, 2016

Ammons Disappointed In AVR Reversal In House

State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) hopes to see another attempt at passing Illinois' automatic voter registration measure when House lawmakers return to Springfield early next month. Her chamber fell four votes shy of overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of that measure this week.


A dollar bill cut into strips.
flickr/TaxCredits.net
December 02, 2016

Illinois Issues: A Decade Of Pain

New projections show nibbling around the edges of the state’s budget problems will get Illinois nowhere. That's according to the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs.


Bradfield debates Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing in March 2013 at the Champaign City Building.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 02, 2016

Republican Bradfield Launches Third Attempt At Urbana Mayor

Engineer and land surveyor Rex Bradfield is launching another campaign for the office of Urbana mayor. With three Democrats in the race, that means there will be a competitive general election for the office in April. Bradfield has twice lost to incumbent Laurel Prussing, in 2009 and 2013. He says Urbana city government needs to to more to lure business to the city, and says funds have been wasted on downtown projects like the Boneyard Creek beautification.


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