Illinois Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Vandalia, argues Illinois state budget legislation while on the Senate floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/AP
October 07, 2015

GOP Sen. McCarter To Challenge Shimkus In 15th District

Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) calls 10-term incumenbent John Shimkus a career politician who's making decisions to appeal to special interests. The Republican is challenging Shimkus in the 33-county 15th Congressional District.

In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 photo, the "mother" marijuana plants are keep healthy inside the "Mother Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill.
(Seth Perlman/AP)
October 07, 2015

Illinois Panel OKs Medical Marijuana For Pain Conditions

PTSD, autism, chronic pain syndrome and five other conditions have been added to the list of those that can be treated by marijuana in Illinois.  But Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration still has the final say.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta reacts after throwing his first career no-hitter during the ninth inning of against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Cubs won 2-0.
Mark J. Terrill/AP
October 07, 2015

Is This Finally The Year For The Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs are in the Major League Baseball playoffs for the first time since 2008.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spoke to Brett Taylor from the Cubs website Bleacher Nation about their chances in Wednesday's wildcard game.

A screen shows the winners as members of the Nobel Assembly announce the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics, in Stockholm Tuesday
Fredrik Sandberg/TT via AP
October 06, 2015

U Of I Prof’s Research Led To Nobel Prize In Physics

U of I Physics Professor Mark Neubauer earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where his research nearly 15 years ago played a role in this year's Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded to scientists from Canada and Japan Tuesday.

The Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
Brian Mackey/IPR
October 05, 2015

Amid Budget Impasse, Universities Hurting But See Some Good In Rauner Plan

Illinois public colleges and universities have become collateral damage in the state’s months-long budget impasse, fueled by political stalemate between Illinois’ Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democratically controlled General Assembly. Rauner says he’s willing to consider more state revenue to pay for support to items like public colleges and universities…but only if the Democratically controlled General Assembly passes his pro-business, union-weakening “Turnaround Agenda “ first.

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