In this June 9, 2015 photo, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees protest outside the in Chicago.
Christian K. Lee/AP
March 18, 2017

Rauner Takes Union Fight To Illinois Supreme Court

Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken his confrontation with the state's largest public-employee union to the Supreme Court. The Republican announced Friday that his office has asked the high court to uphold a labor board ruling in his favor. That ruling last fall allowed Rauner to impose his preferred contract conditions on 38,000 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31.


Norman Lear attends the premiere of, "Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You", at the Walter Reade Theater on Thursday, July 7, 2016, in New York.
Andy Kropa /Invision/AP
March 17, 2017

Television Icon Lear, Actress Huppert, To Attend 19th Ebertfest

Producer Norman Lear, who rose to prominence with programs like "All in The Family", and "The Jeffersons" has been announced as a guest at the 19th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, scheduled for April 19-23 at Champaign's Virginia Theatre, accompanying the 2016 documentary "Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You." Also announced Friday as a guest is actress Isabelle Huppert, accompaying the 2016 thriller "Elle" for which she received an Oscar nomination.


Democratic Urbana mayoral candidate Diane Marlin and Republican candidate Rex Bradfield.
Urbana Public Television
March 17, 2017

Urbana Mayoral Candidates Bradfield & Marlin Differ on TIF Districts, Carle Suit In Debate

The candidates for Urbana mayor aired their agreements and disagreements at a debate Thursday night at the City Building.

Republican Rex Bradfield and Democrat Diane Marlin agree on some issues, like wanting to hire a city administrator and increase the size of Urbana’s police force.

But they disagree on some others, such as the city’s role in a legal battle over the tax-exempt status of healthcare provider Carle.


Champaign Centennial High School
(Champaign Unit 4 Schools)
March 16, 2017

School Violence and Bullying; Galesburg Water Update; Illinois Tornado Check-In

On The 21st: We learned about how the recent death of a Centennial High School student has sparked conversations about bullying, and had a wide-ranging discussion about the root of the problem and what can be done about it. We also learned about how the city of Galesburg has been trying to address lead in their water, and checked in with the LaSalle County Nursing Home about the last two weeks since a tornado touched down in their town.


Members of the Black United Front unfurl a banner at Wednesday's University of Illinois trustees meeting.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
March 15, 2017

U Of I Trustees Hear Call For Higher Black Enrollment

An African-American student group is launching a campaign to pressure administrators to take steps to increase black enrollment at the University of Illinois. That included a demonstration in the middle of a U of I Board of Trustees meeting on the Urbana campus Wednesday.


The proposed Cronus site on the north side of the highway on March 21, 2016
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
March 15, 2017

Delays At Proposed Illinois Fertilizer Plant Put Tax Breaks At Risk

Cronus Chemicals will start losing part of its nearly $40 million in state tax incentives if its proposed $1.9 billion ammonia fertilizer plant in Tuscola, Ill., is not operating by July 2, according to tax credit agreements.


K.L. Cleeton addresses media inside Stratton Building.
WUIS
March 15, 2017

Rule to Get Rid of Home Health Care Overtime Advances

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new rules restricting overtime pay for home health aids passed a major test Tuesday. Starting August 1, caretakers will be limited to a 45-hour work-week. If people require more care, they’ll have to find an additional worker.


CNBC's Ted Kemp (left) talks with Brian Moline.
Cari James/U of I College of Media
March 15, 2017

CNBC’s Ted Kemp Discusses Role Of Media

The Senior Digital Editor for CNBC talks about a recent visit to the University of Illinois Urbana campus, and the questions he got from journalism students.  He also discusses how financial reporting has changed since the 2008 financial crisis.


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