President-elect Donald Trump listens to a reporters question at Trump Tower in New York, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.
Evan Vucci / AP
January 15, 2017

A Taxonomy Of Trump Tweets

As we all know, Donald Trump's tweets have become a potent force in our new era. On the one hand, a single tweet can cripple opponents, activate supporters, move markets, and subsume the news cycle. On the other, they're a window into Trump's wee-hours, unfiltered id.

Macro photography of a natural snowflake.
Wikimedia Commons
January 14, 2017

Icy Conditions Forcing Cancellations

Most of the WILL Severe Weather Coverage Area is under a freezing rain advisory until Sunday night, while counties to the west (including McLean) are under a Winter Storm Watch.

A police line erected in Chicago.
Sarah / Flickr
January 13, 2017

Shots In The Back, Children Tasered: DOJ Details Excessive Force By Chicago Police

Fleeing, unarmed people shot in the back. Mentally ill men and women, not suspected of any crime, stunned by a Taser while they lay on the ground. People already detained or incapacitated who were beaten, with police accounts falsely describing the force as necessary. A 161-page report from the Justice Department details harrowing accounts of excessive force by the Chicago Police Department and highlights systemic failures that allow the violence to continue even as members of the public attempt to protest or report the brutality.

Chicago State University
Chicago State University
January 13, 2017

Rauner Appoints Paul Vallas To Chicago State Board

Gov. Bruce Rauner has named a former political rival and a retired state lawmaker to state posts.

The first-term Republican appointed Democrat Paul Vallas on Friday to the Chicago State University Board of Trustees. Vallas is one of four people Rauner appointed to the board.

In this June 9, 2015 photo, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees protest outside the in Chicago.
Christian K. Lee/Associated Press
January 13, 2017

AFSCME Members To Vote On Strike Authorization In Illinois

The largest public-employee union in Illinois will ask its members this month whether they'd support a strike in a contract dispute with Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration. The state council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees told members Friday that they'll vote on authorizing the union's bargaining committee to call a strike.

Illini player D.J. Williams shields the ball from Iowa defender Nicholas Baer.
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
January 13, 2017

DJ Williams Returns To Illini Men’s Basketball Team

John Groce announced today that Illini sophomore forward DJ Williams has returned to practice, and will be ready to play against Maryland Saturday evening. Williams was absent from Wednesday's game against Michigan, prompting speculation on social media that he may have left the team with the intention of transferring.

Macro photography of a natural snowflake.
Wikimedia Commons
January 13, 2017

Downstate Illinois Threatened By Winter Storm

Parts of downstate Illinois are under a Winter Storm Watch, a Freezing Rain Advisory and an Ice Storm Warning, as a winter storm moves into the southern Plains.

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