In this Feb. 9 file photo, Governor Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters during a news conference in his office in Springfield
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
April 11, 2015

Rauner Agrees To Allow Union Fair Share Fees, Awaits Lawsuit

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it has agreed to allow government agencies to reinstate mandatory fair share fees for non-union members in return for union agreement to a faster timeline for resolving their dispute over the payments.


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April 11, 2015

Pilot Program Set To Help Break Heroin Addiction

The Champaign County Drug Court will soon offer a new option for some trying to break their addiction to heroin. The pilot program launches later this month and will eventually provide medication and therapy to up to 30 people who qualify and consent to the treatment.


A tornado is viewed near Pearl Street from a home  in Kirkland, Ill., on Thursday, April 9, 2015. One person was killed in the tiny community of Fairdale, James Joseph with the Illinois Department of Emergency Management said.
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April 10, 2015

Northern Illinois Tornadoes Cause Damage, Injuries, Two Deaths

Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste said he was able to see the tornado from 18 miles away. He says in his 25 years of storm-chasing, he had never seen one like this.  Dekalb and Ogle counties have been declared state disaster areas by Gov. Bruce Rauner.


Author Michael Perry
Courtesy of Michael Perry
April 10, 2015

The Pull Of The Farm Inspires Wisconsin Writer

Michael Perry is a New York Times Bestselling author, known for his memoirs of growing up in and returning to rural Wisconsin. He is also a humorist, singer/songwriter, radio host, and intermittent pig farmer. Even with all of that he is visiting Champaign-Urbana Saturday as the keynote speaker for the Champaign Library’s Local Author Festival. 


U of I Urbana Provost Ilesami Adesida and Chancellor Phyllis Wise at Thursday's Town Hall meeting.
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April 09, 2015

Chancellor Addresses Proposed Cut, Strategic Plan

The U of I's Urbana Chancellor and Provost addressed concerns over Gov. Rauner's proposed state funding cut in Thursday's annual Town Hall meeting, but also unveiled a series of goals as part of the 2013-2016 strategic plan.


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April 09, 2015

Man Charged In Champaign Shooting

The incident Wednesday afternoon is Champaign's second report of a shooting near a school in a week.  Each prompted 'soft' lockdowns at schools in the city.  20-year old Terrell Boatman faces weapons charges.


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