Parkland Trustees being sworn in: Rochelle Harden, Bianca Green, Dana Trimble and Greg Knott.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
April 27, 2017

Parkland Professor Is Now Also Parkland Trustee

Rochelle Harden was sworn in Wednesday night as the first-ever African-American trustee at Parkland College in Champaign. But that milestone has been overshadowed by the fact that the new trustee is also a member of the community college’s faculty.


John Bambenek
John Bambenek
April 26, 2017

Rauner Withdraws Nomination Of Bambanek To IBHE

Bambenek's 2016 nomination was never confirmed by the Illinois State Senate and drew protests from University of Illinois faculty, who said he wasn't qualified to serve.


Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert
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.


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