Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan reaches out to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
May 25, 2016

Illinois House Speaker Writing Own Budget, Defying Governor

An attempt to reach a deal on Governor Bruce Rauner's pro-business, anti-labor demands isn't working out for House Democrats, who are set to go it alone on a new state budget.  House Speaker Michael Madigan says he told the Republican governor during a meeting Wednesday "he's not being real persuasive'' in negotiations that he's established with various groups of lawmakers. The measure passed later Wednesday, as House Republicans howled in protest.


Bandwagon logo.
Jim Kelly for Illinois Public Media
May 25, 2016

The Bandwagon - Episode Fifteen

In which the name Neville Chamberlain is dropped by our esteemed guest, Will Leitch.  Will drops by to discuss the Cardinals side of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.  Plus, a lot of social media talk.  Come on aboard!


A sign in front of a home on Urbana's Lincoln Avenue protests Carle Hospital's tax-exempt status.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media.
May 25, 2016

Illinois Supreme Court To Review Hospital Taxation Issue

The state's high court will review a case regarding the constitutionality of hospital tax exemptions, and will hear arguments involving Urbana's Carle Foundation Hospital.  A lower court ruled in January that the 2012 state law allowing hospitals to avoid paying property taxes is unconstitutional.


Former Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn (25) drives the ball around Minnesota forward Charles Buggs (23) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 in Minneapolis.
Stacy Bengs/Associated Press
May 24, 2016

Nunn Dismissed From Illini Basketball Team

Kendrick Nunn, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery last week, has been dismissed from the Illini men's basketball team.  Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman and Coach John Groce issued a joint statement Tuesday, saying the decision was made after 'extensive deliberation.'  The two said this would 'send a strong message about what is acceptable behavior for our student-athletes.'


Eagle Creek Resort at Lake Shelbyville, before its closing in 2009.
Photo: Illinois Issues
May 24, 2016

IDNR: Build New Eagle Creek Resort, Instead Of Fixing Up Old One

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says it will seek a developer to build a new Eagle Creek Resort and Conference Center on Lake Shelbyville, because of the high cost of repairing the old facility cited in an engineers' assessment survey.


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