Portrait of David Merriman
University of Illinois-Chicago
May 04, 2016

U Of I Economist Weighs In On Graduated Income Tax

Economist David Merriman with the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs says a graduated income tax makes sense for the state, but questions the proposed rates currently on the table.  Merriman discusses the proposals with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline.


Bruce Rauner is the Republican nominee for governor of Illinois.
(Amanda Vinicky/IPR)
May 03, 2016

As Rauner Hunts For A Grand Bargain, He’s Leaving The Actual Bargaining To Others

As the state budget impasse has entered an eleventh month, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he's hopeful a "grand bargain" can be worked out by the end of May; but he's leaving the bargaining to others.

Groups of legislators have been meeting in private, attempting to hammer out compromises. Rauner says even though he's the governor he's not directly involved in talks.


Statewide boundaries for United States congressional districts in Illinois, since 2013
Public Domain
May 03, 2016

When It Rains Redistricting, Ballot Options May Pour

On a 105 to 7 vote members of the Illinois House voted to give up the power of drawing their own districts. The remap proposal would give that authority to a court-appointed panel. 

After a dearth of redistricting opportunities, there's a chance Illinois voters could be faced with several options in the November election.


Foellinger Auditorium a the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Wikimedia
May 02, 2016

More Swastikas Found On U Of I Campus

University of Illinois police say two more large swastikas have been discovered drawn in campus buildings. Police say the new swastikas were found by a campus employee on Sunday in an elevator and a wall in the Armory indoor track and field center.


May 01, 2016

Statutes Of Limitation, #MoreThanMean, & Political Roundup

On The 21st: State Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined us to tell us why she thinks the statutes of limitations for sexual assault should be changed. Plus, we spoke with two women in media about online harassment, and in our new Monday political round table, we talked about Chicago State University's recent announcement to lay off 300 employees.


April 30, 2016

Outpouring Of Signatures For Change In Redistricting Process

A measure to change Illinois’ constitution affecting how legislative districts are drawn is one step closer to making it onto the November ballot.  The Independent Maps campaign has raised more than 580,000 signatures in support of the proposal, twice the number required.


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