Comptroller Leslie Munger speaks during a news conference, Wednesday in Chicago.
(AP Photo/Christian K. Lee)
June 10, 2015

Munger: Without Budget, State Payments To Stop

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says she will have to stop nearly all state payments if a budget impasse remains unresolved by the end of this month. A new fiscal year begins July 1.


Emma Todd, 20, has become an activist for transgender people. At 15, the Springfield native came out as transgender to her mother.
(Credit Courtesy of Emma Todd)
June 10, 2015

Being Transgender In Illinois

Never before has there been as much attention paid to what it means to be transgender.  Illinois offers more protections from discrimination and harrassment than most states, but some are still pushing to ensure a good quality of life for people whose gender identity does not match their anatomy.


Signature of Saul Bellow from 1975
Public Domain
June 10, 2015

Saul Bellow’s Editor Remembers The Chicago Novelist On His Centennial

Saul Bellow would have been 100 on Wednesday. The novelist who set much of his work in Chicago, immigrated to Chicago from Montreal in July of 1924 and his family settled in Humboldt Park. He stayed in Chicago for most of the rest of his life, attending Northwestern University and teaching at the University of Chicago. We talk with Beena Kamlani who began editing Saul Bellow’s works at Viking in 1988 about her time working with the author considered one of the United States’ greats.


Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse Tuesday in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges that he broke federal banking laws and lied about the money when questioned by the FBI
(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
June 09, 2015

Former House Speaker Hastert Pleads Not Guilty

During his first court appearance since he was indicted last month, Hastert's defense attorney entered the pleas on Hastert's behalf. He also waived the reading of the indictment.


Illini catcher Mark Skonieczny congratulates Tyler Jay after exiting the game in Monday's 4-2 loss to Vanderbilt.
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
June 09, 2015

Illini Fall Short In Drive For Omaha; Pitcher Jay Taken 6th In Draft

The Illinois baseball season ended Monday after falling to 4-2 to Vanderbilt in the NCAA Super Regional at Illinois Field.  It was a day of mixed emotions for losing pitcher Tyler Jay, who later learned he'd been drafted by the Minnesota Twins. 


Former Illinois soccer player Casey Conine on the field
courtesy FightingIllini.com
June 08, 2015

Former Soccer Player Sues U Of I Over Concussions

A former University of Illinois soccer player has joined a growing list of the school's athletes who have complained about improper medical treatment and playing conditions. Casey Conine filed a lawsuit Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court claiming she was cleared to play in October 2014 after suffering a third concussion in two years at Illinois.


Rick Winkel
(University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs)
June 08, 2015

Former GOP Legislator: Game Of Chicken On Budget Would Be ‘Grotesquely Irresponsible’

Rick Winkel witnessed Illinois budget battles up close during his time in the Illinois House and Senate. As legislators return to Springfield, the Republican says, “If we go past June 30th into the next fiscal year without a budget, then it becomes a game of chicken, which is completely, grotesquely irresponsible on both sides."


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