Democrats rallied at the Illinois State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.
(Photo: Brian Mackey/WUIS)
August 21, 2015

Democrats: United Against Rauner, Fighting Over Senate

What Democrats say they're organizing around — or more accurately against — is Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda." His wish list includes giving businesses a better shot at defending against lawsuits, making companies pay less to take care of injured workers, and limiting how many times people can run for election to the Illinois House and Senate.


Map of the Mahomet Aquifer
(Illinois State Water Survey)
August 20, 2015

Proposal Adds Precautions for MGB Waste at Clinton Landfill

Under a proposed consent decree, local governments would refrain from efforts to force the Clinton Landfill to remove manufactured gas plant waste, but the landfill to beef up its safety precautions.


Suspect knocks over the 9-foot-tall menorah outside of Illini Chabad on Wednesday morning.
Courtesy of the U of I Police
August 20, 2015

Campus Jewish Symbol Vandalized Again

University of Illinois police are searching for the person who knocked down a the giant decorative menorah outside of a Jewish cultural center on campus. As Hannah Meisel reports, it's the second time the menorah's been damaged this year


University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen
(Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting)
August 19, 2015

U of I Pres. Killeen Talks About Email Disclosures, New Med School, State Budget & Strategic Vision

After his first three months as University of Illinois President, Timothy Killeen says work in proceeding well on a new "strategic vision" for the university, despite a series of controversies. But he says the university could face serious problems, if the state budget impasse continues into the fall.


The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield
(Wikipedia)
August 19, 2015

State Senate Overrides Rauner Veto of Contract Arbitration Bill

Despite intense lobbying by Governor Bruce Rauner, the Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to override his veto of union-backed legislation. The legislation would send intractable contract disputes between the governor and labor unions to arbitration.


Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., speaks to Illinois Republican Senate leader Christine Radogno in Chicago.
(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
August 19, 2015

Senator Kirk A No-Show At State Fair

Illinois Republicans want to make sure Mark Kirk is re-elected to the U.S. Senate - in one of the most-watched races in the country.  But Kirk is absent from the traditional start of the campaign season--political days at the Illinois State Fair.


 In this Dec. 7, 2011 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, speaks to reporters as his wife, Patti, listens at the federal building in Chicago, after Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years on 18 corruption counts.
(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
August 19, 2015

Full Court Won’t Rehear Blagojevich Appeal

The imprisoned Democratic former governor had hoped the full court in Chicago might overturn more of his 18 convictions than the five counts a three-judge panel tossed in July.


Dollars and pennies.
Wikimedia Commons
August 19, 2015

Illinois Issues: In The Red

 As Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic legislative leaders go back and forth over the governor’s policy agenda and topics like lawmakers’ pay dominate the news cycle, it is easy to lose sight of the actual budget. 


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