Supporters of education funding rally in the rotunda at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Springfield, Il. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has released figures breaking down how much each Illinois school district would receive next ye
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April 12, 2016

CPS Head, Legislator, Blast Governor’s School Funding Plan

Lawmakers got a look at Governor Bruce Rauner's school funding proposal Tuesday.  Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago) and Forrest Claypool, the head of Chicago Public Schools says the plan is a continuation of a "reverse Robin Hood'' education policy where rich districts get more and poor districts get less.


Bousfield Hall on the University of Illinois' Urbana campus.
U of I Housing
April 12, 2016

U Of I Student Charged With Murder In Infant’s Death

Prosecutors say after University of Illinois sophomore Lindsay Johnson initially tried to hide having given birth in a dorm room bathroom, she suffocated her newborn son.  Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz says the 20-year old sophmore faces counts of first-degree murder, child endangerment, and concealment of a homicidal death.  


In this March 5, 2015, file photo, Illinois' Amarah Coleman, left, drives to the basket as Nebraska's Chandler Smith guards during an NCAA college basketball game in Hoffman Estates, Ill
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April 12, 2016

U Of I Reaches Settlements With Former Women’s Basketball Players & Former Football Coach

The University of Illinois says seven former women’s basketball players who claimed in a lawsuit over an alleged “racially hostile environment” will share a $375,000 settlement. Meanwhile, a $250,000 negotiated settlement has been announced for former football coach Tim Beckman, who was fired by the university last year over the handling of athletes’ injuries.


In this Jan. 27, 2016 file photo, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, attends a joint session of the General Assembly at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.
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April 11, 2016

Madigan Introduces Education Funding Amendment

The Democratic House Speaker's legislation states that education is a fundamental "right'' - as opposed to "goal'' - and that the state has the "preponderant financial responsibility'' for funding schools.   If approved, the amendment would appear on ballots in November.


Illinois Capitol
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April 11, 2016

Lawmakers Frustrated By State Budget Impasse Meet Privately

Rank-and-file Illinois lawmakers frustrated by the 10-month state budget impasse are meeting on their own in bipartisan groups to discuss potential solutions.  Some met Monday at a forum in Chicago hosted by The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.


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