University of Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith
Carlos Osorio / AP
October 22, 2016

With Third String Quarterback, Illinois Loses To Michigan, 41-8

Wilton Speight threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters before watching No. 3 Michigan finish off Illinois 41-8 Saturday.
The Wolverines (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) were leading 34-0 in the fourth quarter when Jim Harbaugh put backup quarterback John O'Korn in the game and rested Speight.

Meanwhile, the Fighting Illini (2-5, 1-3) were relegated to starting their third-string quarterback with a familiar name: Jeff George Jr., son of the former Illinois and NFL quarterback.

The patient service desk at Nu Med, a medical marijuana dispensary that opens next week in Urbana.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
October 21, 2016

Urbana Medical Marijuana Facility Opens Next Week

The second medical marijuana dispensary to open in Champaign County will see its first customers next week. Nu Med is locating at 105 East University in Urbana, the site of a former Blockbuster Video location. It joins Champaign-based Phoenix Botanical as the two dispensaries allowed by the state's pilot program in State Police District 10, which includes Champaign, Vermilion, and seven other Central Illinois counties.

Provided by George Hawkins
October 21, 2016

Head Of DC Water Speaking About Cooperation

Drinking water has been part of the national conversation since the discovery of lead in Flint, Michigan’s water supply last year.  That’s one reason the Prairie Rivers Network has invited George Hawkins to speak at their annual dinner Friday in Champaign.  Hawkins is the General Manager and CEO of DC Water, one of the largest municipal water companies in the country.

Champaign County Circuit Clerk's Office
October 21, 2016

Expungement Summit To Help Champaign County Residents Remove Criminal Records From Public View

For the first time, Champaign County is holding a public meeting to help some people with criminal records remove those records from public access to help them move on with their lives.

Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman says those with old convictions, particularly juvenile records, have trouble getting a job, and have few financial resources. 

Advertisement of sale of enslaved person in the Illinois Reporter, Dec. 12, 1826.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Musucem
October 21, 2016

Illinois Issues:Slave State

Because Illinois is a northern state and the former home of Abraham Lincoln, it isn’t typically associated with slavery. But there was slavery in Illinois for more than 100 years.

Even after Illinois entered the Union, loopholes in its laws allowed the practice to continue, making the future Land of Lincoln a quasi-slave state. 

October 21, 2016

Illinois Unemployment Down And Steady, Yet Still Lags

The latest data shows the number of unemployed Illinois residents is at its lowest since September of 2007.

But officials with Governor Bruce Rauner's administration say Illinois is still lagging when it comes to job growth.

St. Rep. Reggie Phillips (R-Charleston).
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
October 20, 2016

Republican Reggie Phillips Running For 2nd Term In 110th Illinois House District

As he seeks a second term in the Illinois House, 110th District St. Representative Reggie Phillips says he hopes Republicans can gain enough seats to bring about a budget agreement that incorporates some of Gov. Bruce Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda" reforms, such as changes to workers' compensation laws. Phillips talked with Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows.

General Electric neon sign.
Jud McCranie / Wikimedia Commons
October 20, 2016

GE Lighting Finalizes Plans To Close Mattoon Plant Next Summer

General Electric Lighting says its plant in Mattoon will close in August 2017, finalizing plans it announced in August.

At that time, the company said the Mattoon plant would close unless employees could come up with an acceptable alternative use.

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