A view of one of the control consoles at the training center of Exelon’s Clinton nuclear power station in DeWitt County. Exelon officials say their training center includes a mockup of the nuclear plant’s master control center that duplic
(Photo: Jim Meadows)
June 05, 2015

Legislative Nuclear Power Deal Still In The Dark

Exelon still has hopes for the legislation, once lawmakers are done dealing with the state budget. And whether or not it passes could have in impact on the price of electricity in Illinois, and the fate of its three nuclear plants in Clinton, Byron and Quad Cities, which are losing money.


Millennium Falcon spread from Ultimate Star Wars
Courtesy of DK
June 05, 2015

New Star Wars Book Sets The Stage For Episode VII

Star Wars fans are waiting anxiously to see what Disney does with Star Wars when Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens on December 18th. Adam Bray is excited. He’s one of the authors of a forthcoming Star Wars guide: Ultimate Star Wars that sets the stage for Episode VII.


Terri Sullivan coaching in her last season.
Courtesy of Fighting Illini Athletics
June 04, 2015

Terri Sullivan Retires From Illinois Softball

Illinois softball head coach Terri Sullivan has announced her retirement after 16 years with the program. Sullivan was the inaugural head coach of the program starting in 2000.


Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announces in Indianapolis Thursday that she will run in the Democratic primary for Indiana Governor.
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
June 04, 2015

Indiana Schools Chief Announces Run For Governor

Glenda Ritz formally announced her campaign Thursday at an event in Indianapolis.  The state schools superintendent has clashed repeatedly with Republican Governor Mike Pence and his appointed State Board of Education over education policy.


Microbiologist Mary-Dell Chilton founded Syngenta's biotechnology research labs in the 1980s.
(Photo: Syngenta)
June 04, 2015

Meet The Woman Who Pioneered GMO Research

At 76 years old, U of I graduate Mary-Dell Chilton is still working. The genetically-modified corn, soybeans and other crops that her research helped develop now grow on more than 170 million acres of U.S. farmland. Earlier this month, Chilton’s groundbreaking discoveries earned her a place in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.


Members of the Illinois assembly meet in the House chambers, at the state Capitol. Pieces of Illinois Democrats' proposed state budget are coming into focus as lawmakers begin advancing them in the Legislature ahead of a scheduled Sunday adjourn
(AP Photo/Sara Burnett)
June 03, 2015

What Does A Budget Shutdown Look Like?

Democrats did pass several spending bills before the end of the regular session, but the state doesn’t have the money to fully back them up. Rauner says he won’t consider new revenue until the General Assembly approves at least some of his business-friendly agenda.


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