A judge's gavel.
WUIS
February 03, 2016

Illinois Issues: What Are Consent Decrees?

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants to get the state out of legal agreements called consent decrees. The deals are a big part of the reason the government is still operating without a budget; they also impact the lives of thousands of Illinois residents. But unless you are affected by one, you've probably never heard of them.


Champaign Police Car
Wikimedia Commons
February 03, 2016

Champaign Council Approves $70,000 Settlement, Third Involving Officer Rush

The three excessive force lawsuit settlements involving police officer Matt Rush total $320,000.  Concerned citizens have been calling for for Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz to file charges against Rush. Council members also may lobby with Urbana leaders for changes in the police union arbitration process.


In this June 10, 2015 file photo, Illinois state Comptroller Leslie Munger speaks at a news conference in Chicago
Christian K. Lee/Associated Press
February 02, 2016

Comptroller: Illinois Will Fall $6.2B In Debt Without Budget

Illinois is on track to fall more than $6 billion further into debt amid the months-long budget stalemate. Comptroller Leslie Munger says spending will outpace last year's rates by $1.2 billion, which also includes a $5 billion revenue drop from the rolled back temporary income tax increase.


Brian Moline and Lisa Bralts in a baseball pose.
Michael Owen Thomas/Illinois Public Media
February 02, 2016

The Bandwagon - Episode Nine

Lisa and Brian are back with another episode of The Bandwagon!  This week they talk about the great Lakers-Celtics rivalry of the 1980s, the first female NFL assistant coach, and the World Ping Pong Championships!  And Brian sings a little, but don't let that discourage you from listening.


A sign in front of a home on Lincoln Avenue in Urbana protests Carle Hospital's tax-exempt status.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
February 02, 2016

Attorney General Seeks Stay Of Tax Ruling Impacting Urbana Hospitals

The Illinois Attorney General's office wants the 4th District Appellate Court to delay enforcement of the January 5 ruling which found a 2012 state law involving tax exemptions for hospitals that provide charity care to be unconstitutional. The motion for a stay was filed with the appelate court on January 28.  Carle is appealing last month's ruling to the Illinois Supreme Court.


January 2016 Flash Index
(UI Institute for Government and Public Affairs)
February 01, 2016

Drop In Flash Index Keeps Pace With National Economy

University of Illinois Ecomomist Fred Giertz says the monthly Flash Index fell to 105.3 in January from 105.5 a month earlier, which he says is consistent with a national slowdown.  But he says the economy is growing, just at a slower rate.  Giertz also says it's unclear if Illinois' now 8-month budget impasse is having much of an impact.


Illinois forward Michael Finke is helped off the court after hurting his knee in a collision with another player.
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
February 01, 2016

Illini Fall To Wisconsin 63-55

The Fighting Illini lost to the Wisconsin Badgers 63-55 Sunday night, in a game where Illinois forward Michael Finke had to leave with a knee injury.


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