President Barack Obama returns a salute as he boards Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Md.,Wednesday.  He's headed to Springfield.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press
February 10, 2016

What Will Obama’s Springfield Speech Be About?

President Barack Obama is returning to Illinois' capital at the twilight of his political career.  White House aides say Obama wanted to return to the place his career started to discuss how the U.S. can "build a better politics'' in which Americans aren't so starkly divided by race, religion or political party.


Barack Obama announcing his candidacy for president in Springfield in 2007.
Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio
February 10, 2016

In Illinois, Obama To Plead For Unity That’s Eluded Him

President Barack Obama's speech Wednesday to the Illinois General Assembly comes nine years ago to the day after he stood before the Old State Capitol in Springfield and announced his run for president.
 


Former Indiana State Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb
Wikimedia Commons
February 09, 2016

Pence Picks Fmr. Indiana GOP Chair Holcomb For Running Mate

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has named former Indiana GOP chairman Eric Holcomb to be the state's new lieutenant governor, replacing Sue Ellspermann, who's stepping down to pursue the presidency of Ivy Tech Community College.


Screenshot of security video shows two people vandalizing the outdoor menorah at the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign
University of Illinois Campus Police
February 09, 2016

UPDATE: Illini Softball Player To Face Charge Of Vandalizing Menorah

A member of the University of Illinois women's softball team, Ruby A. Fernandez-Rivera, has been issued a notice to appear in court in connection with the weekend vandalizing of the menorah outside the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign.  She's been suspended indefinitely from the team, while the other student involved, identified only as a male gymnast, will miss the next two competitions.


The front entrance to the Champaign Public Library.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
February 09, 2016

Champaign Library Starting Over In Search For Director

After an effort that began last fall and came down to four finalists, the Champaign Public Library Board of Trustees has decided to reopen its search for a new director.  Board President Martin Wolske says this decision was not a reflection on the quality of the candidates.


Pay at pump gas pump
Wikipedia
February 09, 2016

Gas Tax, 911 Surcharge Among Legislative Ideas Backed By Local Officials

Local elected officials are endorsing a series of measures for state legislators to look at as way of solving the 8-budget impasse.  The Champaign and Urbana City Councils are reviewing some of those proposals in meetings this week after those bodies and others discussed them with lawmakers last week.


A Sept. 30, 2015 file photo of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. In the background is the dome of the state Capitol.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
February 08, 2016

Illinois State Museum Reaches Deal To Reopen

The Illinois State Museum has a deal to re-open, just days after Governor Bruce Rauner suggested that it start charging admission and look for private support. The Department of Natural Resources says lawmakers must grant the authority to charge entry fees so the museum can reopen within weeks instead of months.


Illini player D.J. Williams shields the ball from Iowa defender Nicholas Baer.
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
February 08, 2016

Illinois Falls To #5 Iowa, 77-65

Peter Jok scored 23 points, and Jarrod Uthoff added 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 5 Iowa past Illinois 77-65 on Sunday. Jalen Coleman-Lands led Illinois with 17 points, going 5 of 11 from 3-point range.
 


The offices of Rape, Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services in Urbana, which has reduced operation to four days a week due to the lack of a state budget.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
February 07, 2016

Illinois Social Service Agencies Scrape By, Wait For Answers

Some Illinois social service groups say within a few months, they'll be forced to either close their doors or borrow money if the governor and legislators can't agree on a budget.  Directors of agencies like the Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center and Circle of Friends Adult Day Care say they're worried for both their employees and they people they serve.


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