Ameya Pawar attended an immigrant rights rally in Peoria on Sunday. He says his parents emigrated from colonial India to escape poverty.
Cass Herrington/Peoria Public Radio
April 04, 2017

Pawar Touts Roosevelt-esque ‘New Deal’ For Illinois

A self-described “underdog” in the race for Illinois governor says he already has a plan to address the state’s ailing economy. Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is one of six contenders for the Democratic bid for governor in 2018. Pawar says he strongly favors a progressive tax structure -- meaning, higher taxes on the wealthy.


The U.S. Supreme Court building
Brittany Hogan / Flickr
April 04, 2017

Illinois Issues: This State’s Abortion Debate

With Democrats in firm control of the Illinois General Assembly, abortion rights might seem to be safe in the state. But what would happen if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortion legal across the country in 1973? Abortion-rights supporters worry that an Illinois statute from 1975 could act as a “trigger law,” automatically banning abortions in the state.


Champaign County Nursing Home
Scott Cameron/Illinois Public Media
April 03, 2017

Voting Day: Guide To Area Elections

Voters across Illinois head to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots in races that include mayors and village presidents, tax measures, school board members and other questions.

In recent weeks, Illinois Public Media reporters have covered the issues, interviewed the candidates and explained what's at stake in many area elections. On election day, here's your guide to what's on some of the ballots. 


Illinois Senate President John Cullerton
Brian Mackey / WUIS
April 03, 2017

Illinois Senate Leader Touts Bill To Protect Immigrants

The Illinois Senate's leader is promoting legislation he says will protect immigrants from Trump administration actions. Several immigrant and anti-crime groups and labor unions joined Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago on Monday to unveil legislation he calls the TRUST act. It would bar law enforcement agencies in Illinois from helping in immigration actions unless federal authorities present a warrant from a judge.


The chime tower at the University of Illinois' Altgeld Hall
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 31, 2017

Altgeld Concerts, Tours, On Hold For Some Time

For decades, the chimes at the University of Illinois’ Altgeld Tower were open for tours and featured in daily noon hour concerts. But that’s all over for the foreseeable future until safety repairs can be made to the tower. Meanwhile, some of the volunteers who have been giving the concerts question why it’s taken administrators so long to make a decision. The Altgeld Tower bells were dedicated in 1920.


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