House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. leaves the White House in Washington Friday after meeting with President Donald Trump.
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March 24, 2017

Republicans Kill Health Care Vote As GOP Members Defect

House Republicans have scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass. NPR's Susan Davis reports that GOP leadership says the Friday afternoon vote is now scrapped after House Speaker Paul Ryan made a last-minute trip to the White House to tell President Trump that the votes weren't there to pass their replacement plan, the American Health Care Act. Trump agreed with Ryan's plan to halt the vote.


Senator Durbin at the Boys & Girls Club in Springfield.
WUIS
March 24, 2017

Durbin Goes After Trump Budget in Springfield

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) made a stop at the Springfield Boys & Girls Club, saying it’s funding is under threat by President Trump’s budget proposal.

A leading Democrat in Congress, Durbin also took the opportunity to attack the Republican healthcare plan. He says given the opposition from medical providers, he doesn’t understand how a Congressman from Illinois could support it.


The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill.
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March 23, 2017

Hospital Tax Exemptions Still In Place, As High Court Sends Carle Case Back To Circuit Court

The long-running legal fight between the Carle Foundation and Urbana and other local governments over hospital tax exemptions will last a little longer.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an appellate court that ruled against current state law on the exemptions lacked the jurisdiction to do so. The high court sent the case back to circuit court. And for now at least, the 2012 state law defining how much charity work a hospital must provide to earn a tax exemption stays in place.


Centers Maverick Morgan with the Illini and Tacko Fall of UCF compete for the ball during their Wednesday night NIT quarterfinal game in Orlando.
University of Illinois Athletics
March 23, 2017

Illinois Ends NIT With 68-58 Quarterfinal Loss To UCF

Despite 29 points and a second-half rally from Malcolm Hill, Illinois lost to Central Florida 68 to 58 Wednesday night in NIT quarterfinal action at CFE Arena in Orlando.

The UCF Knights advance to the final four of the NIT, and will play TCF next week.


Emergency services transport an injured person to an ambulance, close to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain's Parliament "as a terrorist inc
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March 22, 2017

4 Dead, More Than 20 Injured After Attack Near U.K. Parliament

An attack mid-day Wednesday in the heart of London has caused at least four deaths and 20 injuries, according to police. "We are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. "There has been a serious incident within the estate," Commons Leader David Lidington told members of Parliament.


Republicans who voted for at least one part of the grand bargain include Sens. Althoff, Anderson, Fowler, McCann, Nybo, Oberweiss, Radogno, Righter, Syverson and Tracy.
Senators via ILGA.gov/ Rauner by Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
March 22, 2017

Did Rauner ‘Pull Votes’ Off The Grand Bargain?

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner continues to insist he is not responsible for derailing the state Senate's so-called grand bargain. But Democrats say he pulled Republican votes off the bipartisan deal ... which was trying to end Illinois' budget stalemate. Both assertions cannot be true — so we asked Statehouse reporter Brian Mackey to investigate.


Nancy Fahey profile picture on Washington University website.
Washington University
March 22, 2017

U Of I Names New Women’s Basketball Coach

Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman has announced that Nancy Fahey has been named the next women's basketball coach. She comes from Washington University in St. Louis, where she spent 31 years.  A member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, she's guided the Bears to an NCAA record five Division III National Championships.


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