In this April 27, 2016, file photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse in Chicago.
Charles Rex Arbogast/File/Associated Press
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.


Head shot of Joshua Johnson
NPR
April 26, 2017

Meet 1A Host Joshua Johnson

WILL AM-580 is welcoming a new voice to our airwaves beginning Monday, May 1. The talk show 1A will air weekdays from 9-11am, just before Illinois Public Media's daily talk show “The 21st.”


Actor, comedian, and University of Illinois alumnus Nick Offerman announces on the U of I Facebook page that he'll be May 13 commencement speaker.
screenshot/University of Illinois
April 25, 2017

Actor, U Of I Alumnus Offerman To Give Commencement Speech

Actor and alumnus Nick Offerman will be the commencement speaker for the University of Illinois' Urbana campus on May 13. The selection was confirmed late Tuesday afternoon with a short video of Offerman posted to the U of I's Facebook page. In the video, Offerman took on the mannerisms of Ron Swanson, the character he played on the TV show "Parks and Recreation." 


103rd District State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana)
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 25, 2017

State Rep. Ammons Forms Committee For Possible Congressional Run

State Representative Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) says she’ll announce by late June if she’s running for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District in 2018. For now, she's formed an exploratory committee to help her decide whether to challenge Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville. She announced her possible run for Congress after Tuesday's women's march in downtown Springfield.


A Warehouse Workers for Justice rally.
Warehouse Workers for Justice
April 25, 2017

Illinois Issues: The Trouble With Temp Work

Legislation aims to improve working conditions for temporary workers as the need for them increases. There were more than 840,000 workers employed by staffing agencies in Illinois in 2015, according to the American Staffing Association.


Illustration of district drawing.
Rici Hoffarth/St. Louis Public Radio
April 25, 2017

Illinois Democrats Guard District-Drawing Privileges

It's a sentiment shared by Democratic politicians and liberal pundits: disgust over how Republicans drew up favorable (for them) legislative districts after the 2010 Census. But one place Democrats aren't fighting is Illinois, where they could be seen as the bad guy, having drawn legislative boundaries in 2011 that put the GOP at a disadvantage.


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