General Electric neon sign.
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October 20, 2016

GE Lighting Finalizes Plans To Close Mattoon Plant Next Summer

General Electric Lighting says its plant in Mattoon will close in August 2017, finalizing plans it announced in August.

At that time, the company said the Mattoon plant would close unless employees could come up with an acceptable alternative use.

October 19, 2016

NPR Live Fact Check Of Presidential Debate

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. 

Starved Rock State Park
Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Media
October 19, 2016

Will ‘Safe Roads Amendment’ Hobble State Parks?

A key source of funding for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources could be blocked. Or maybe not. Brian Mackey looks into whether a proposed constitutional amendment to safeguard road construction money could block a key funding source for Illinois state parks.

Portrait of Sheldon Jacobson
News Bureau/University of Illinois
October 19, 2016

U Of I’s Election Analytics Predict Clinton Win, US Senate Up For Grabs

Statistics are playing a larger role in election coverage than ever before.  Websites like Five Thirty Eight and Upshot from the New York Times analyze opinion polls to predict the winner in the race for the White House, as well as US Senate races.  Those websites have a strong track record of predicting winners, but there’s a site on the University of Illinois Urbana campus that’s done even better.

5th and Hill neighborhood residents M.D. Pelmore, Ebbie Cook, and Jerry Lewis meet with Claudia Lennhoff of Champaign County Health Care Consumers Tuesday at Pelmore's home in Champaign
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
October 18, 2016

US EPA Offers Screenings For Champaign’s 5th & Hill Neighborhood

Residents living near a former manufactured gas plant in Champaign say utility company Ameren "won't lift a finger" to address concerns about toxic vapors in the neighborhood. So those in the 5th and Hill neighborhood have called upon the U.S. EPA, which is offering free inspections to those living in the area. The agency is hosting a public meeting Thursday to sign up those residents.

Gov. Bruce Rauner at the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn.
October 18, 2016

Rauner Announces Council To Find Ways To Cut Red Tape For Business

Governor Bruce Rauner says his latest initiative will help grow the state’s economy and create jobs.The first term Republican visited the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn on Monday to sign an executive order to create the Illinois Competitiveness Council.

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October 18, 2016

Illinois Issues: Transportation Lockbox Could Come With Unintended Consequences

A proposed amendment to the state’s constitution would protect money set aside for transportation projects. Supporters say the change is needed because money that's supposed to be earmarked for building roads has gone to other expenses over the years. But the amendment could allow some of those practices to continue, while endangering other popular programs. 

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