President Barack Obama receives His Excellency Andris Razans Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia, during an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office
Wikipedia Commons; White House Image/Chuck Kennedy
March 20, 2015

Latvian Ambassador Bullish On EU; Not Worried About Russia, Greece

Ambassador Andris Razāns has served as the Latvian ambassador to the United States and Mexico since July of 2012 and 2013 respectively. He spoke with Illinois Public Media about the challenges facing the European Union, particularly Greece’s debt problems and Russian aggression and about how Latvia gained its independence through song. 


Students walk past the Alma Mater statue on the University of Illinois Urbana campus in April 2014.
(AP Photo/David Mercer)
March 19, 2015

University Presidents Plead Case Before Senate Committee

A week after a House committee heard testimony from university presidents on Gov. Rauner's proposed cuts, state senators heard from administrators, including U of I President Bob Easter.


Schock talks with House Speaker John Boehner in a file photo from January 9. 2015.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/File)
March 17, 2015

Rep. Aaron Schock Announces Resignation

Republican Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock says he's resigning his House seat amid questions about his spending. In a statement on Tuesday, Schock said he would step down effective March 31. A special election will be held to name his replacement.


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