In this Wednesday, May 11, 2016 photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner visits with students at New Berlin High School in New Berlin, Ill. Rauner's vision of a grand, two-year budget compromise with Illinois lawmakers is becoming more difficult to acc
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
May 16, 2016

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Illinois Union Arbitration Bill

Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation to allow an arbitrator to settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations stall.  In his veto message Monday, the Republican governor called the bill "dangerous," adding it would replace his bargaining power with a union-friendly arbitrator.


Urbana's 269-page fiscal 2017 budget proposal, released Monday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
May 16, 2016

Urbana 2017 Budget Proposal ‘Holds The Line’ Based On Uncertainties

Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing says the proposed fiscal 2017 budget released Monday holds the line on the city's property tax rate, and has no new hires.  But she says the $49.5 million spending plan also includes investments like road repairs, including the partially grant-funded MCORE project, reconstructing a section of Green Street. 


fathead minnow fish
Wikimedia/Rankin1958
May 16, 2016

Drugs In The Water; Monarch Migration; Political Roundup

On The 21st: Scientists have found eggs in male fish in the Des Plaines river, and researchers suspect the culprit is pharmaceuticals and other chemicals in the water. What does that mean for fish, and for us? Plus, we learn about the migration of monarch butterflies from Mexico to Canda, and get a preview of what we can expect from lawmakers in Springfield this week.


Police mug shots of Dracy Pendelton, wanted for the attempted murder of a Mahomet police officer.
Illinois State Police
May 15, 2016

Pendleton Found Dead After Shootout With Police

Illinois State Police say Pendleton, of Bellflower, was found dead after a shootout in southern Illinois, in which an FBI SWAT team member was wounded. Pendleton had been wanted for shooting and wounding a police officer in Mahomet.


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