(David McNew/Getty Images)
October 02, 2015

Illinois Medical Marijuana Applicants Trending Female, Older

Sixty percent of applicants were female. More than half were older than 51. Severe fibromyalgia and cancer led the list of qualifying conditions, followed by spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis

graph showing Flash Index readings over the past three years.
U of I Institute of Govt. & Public Affairs
October 01, 2015

Index of Illinois Economy Falls Half A Point In September

The Flash Index dropped from an August 2015 reading of 106.5 to 106.0 in September, the lowest reading since August, 2014, but still an indicator of steady economic growth in Illinois.

In this April 28, 2014 photo, Students walk past the Alma Mater statue, a landmark on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana.
David Mercer/AP
October 01, 2015

University Presidents Seek Meeting With Governor Over Stalemate

The presidents of Illinois' nine public universities have written a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders, urging an end to the impasse.  In a mass e-mail, U of I President Timothy Killeen called operating without a critical source of funding 'unsustainable.'

In this March 26, 2014, file photo, Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson dribbles past the NCAA logo during practice at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Anaheim, Calif
Jae C. Hong/AP
September 30, 2015

UI Labor Prof: Appellate Ruling ‘Significant’ For NCAA

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld one lower court decision Wednesday, limiting what NCAA athletes can receive while playing sports, but the judges also threw out a decision that would have allowed them up to an additional $5,000 compensation a year, one that a U of I professor of labor calls substantial for the NCAA.

Richard Goldberg irritated Democrats while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 28, 2015, with Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (left) and Jennifer Hammer (right), an attorney for the Rauner administration.
Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio
September 30, 2015

Proxy Wars: Meet The Rauner Aide Driving Democrats Crazy

If you think of the whole dispute at the Statehouse as a war, as it’s been described, then think of Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan as its generals; their back-and-forth is well documented. Much more so than how the shin-kicky, hand-to-hand combat is playing out on the front lines.

Champaign County seal, displayed in the Champaign County Boardroom.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
September 30, 2015

Champaign County Board Approves Clinton Landfill Consent Decree

The Champaign County Board approved the Clinton Landfill consent decree fifteen to five with one abstention, joining 11 other local governments in the the Mahomet Aquifer Coalition. Two members of the coalition have scheduled votes in October.

This Wednesday, June 10, 2015 photo shows chip credit cards in Philadelphia.
Matt Rourke/AP
September 29, 2015

IRMA Head: US Issued ‘Chip’ Credit Cards Don’t Go Far Enough

October 1st is the soft deadline for US merchants to offer payment systems for the new 'chip and sign' cards, already provided by a number of banks in the country.  But Illinois Retail Merchants Association President Rob Karr says the card's magnetic stripe still makes consumers vulnerable to fraud.

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