Chicago businessman Chris Kennedy, poses for a portrait in his office Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Chicago. Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., says he will run for Illinois governor in 2018.
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February 08, 2017

Kennedy To Run For Governor In 2018

Chicago businessman and former University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Chris Kennedy will join the Democratic race for Illinois Governor, and will file paperwork with the state later Wednesday. Kennedy made the announcement with a campaign website and annoucement on YouTube. The son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy says in a statement that he loves Illinois and the state has "never been in worse shape.'' He says state government needs "fundamental change.''


Illinois guard Malcolm Hill (21) is defended by Northwestern forward Vic Law (4) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Evanston, Ill. Illinois won 68-61.
David Banks / AP
February 08, 2017

Illini Men Snap Losing Streak At Northwestern

The Illini men’s basketball team ended a three-game losing skid last night in Evanston with a 68-61 win over the Northwestern Wildcats. Four Illini scored in double figures, led by Malcolm Hill, whose 14 points all came in the second half.


Illinois Senate President John Cullerton speaks to reporters
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
February 07, 2017

Illinois Senate Discusses Budget Privately, Takes No Vote

The Illinois Senate passed another day in Springfield without a vote on its much-anticipated budget compromise. Democrats and Republicans discussed the plan separately in private meetings lasting hours
Tuesday. But there were no votes on the plan. Leaders have been discussing for weeks ways to break a nearly two-year budget stalemate.


The Champaign-Urbana Film Society is accepting entries for this year's Pens to Lens student screenwriting and filmmaking competition.
Pens to Lens
February 07, 2017

‘Pens To Lens’ Accepting 2017 Entries

The Pens to Lens student screenwriting competition is now in its fifth year.  The project of the Champaign-Urbana Film Society is accepting screenwriting submissions from K-12 students in east central Illinois now through February 28th.


Betsy DeVos, who was confirmed as U-S Education Secretary by the Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 7th.
Carolyn Kester / AP
February 07, 2017

Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Education Secretary

The U-S Senate on Tuesday confirmed Betsy DeVos as President Trump's education secretary, 51-50. Vice President Pence had to cast an unprecedented tie-breaking vote, after hearings that became fodder for Saturday Night Live; after angry constituents swamped Senate offices with 1.5 million calls a day; after two Republican senators defected; and Democrats held the floor overnight in protest.


Republican Congressman John Shimkus of Illinois' 15th District during a 2013 interview with WILL
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
February 06, 2017

Shimkus On The Future of Trade In the Trump Administration

The 15th District Republican Congressman from Collinsville admits this is one area where he differs from President Donald Trump. Shimkus says he's always been for open markets and more trade, but cites the president's rejection of the 12-country Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP.  He says those in organized labor, like steelworkers, look forward to better deals, but things are unclear at the moment. "Where there is uncertainty, there is risk," he said.


This still image taken from United States Courts shows Judge James Robart listening to a case at Seattle Courthouse on March 12, 2013 in Seattle. Robart placed a nationwide hold on President Donald Trump's executive order, banning travel to the
United States Courts via AP
February 06, 2017

Immigration Ban Blocked; Central Illinois Trump Supporter; Illinois Politics; ISU President

On the 21st: We talked with a Chicago-based immigration lawyer about what the halt to President Trump's immigration ban means for people trying to get into Illinois. Plus, we talked with a Stonington resident about getting to meet President Trump in person, get the latest in Illinois politics and spoke with the president of Illinois State University about how they've been faring throughout the budget stalemate.


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