Illinois US Senator Dick Durbin speaks at the U of I's Beckman Institute Friday.
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January 17, 2016

Durbin: Too Early To Predict GOP Presidential Nominee

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the country needs to wait until early March, after few caucuses and primaries, to get a true sense of who the Republican nominee will be for president.  He says early February's Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire primary aren't enough to gain a complete picture.

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen
(University of Illinois)
January 16, 2016

Killeen: Continue Advocating For Universities During Impasse

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says he and other university leaders have to remain stoic over the next month or two as the state's budget stalemate continues.  Killeen says he's particularly concerned about operational and reputational damage to the university.

Chicago Police Car
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January 16, 2016

Emanuel: Chicago Needs To ‘Root Out The Cancer’ Of Police Abuse

A day after the release of a video of a shooting of a black Chicago teenager by a white police officer, the city released documents related to the 2013 incident. Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressed the city's ongoing police shooting scandal at an annual breakfast honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday. 

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Danville Schools
January 15, 2016

Flooding Closes Danville Elementary School For Rest Of School Year

A memo to parents from Superintendent Alicia Geddis calls closing the 100-year old Cannon Elementary School "a precautionary measure."  She says the long-term plan is to fix any problems to have it ready in time for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner spoke Thursday with members of the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.
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January 14, 2016

Governor ‘Guarantees’ Criminal Justice Reform Push

Governor Bruce Rauner endorsed the work of his criminal justice commission Thursday.  He also made an unusual statement on prisons.  Rauner says he won't let the commissioners' endorsements gather dust. 

Brian Mackey/WUIS
January 14, 2016

Illinois Issues: What Will It Take To Stem Mass Incarceration?

Most experts say the governor’s target of a 25 percent reduction in the state's prison population can't be met by simply backing off the war on drugs. Instead, policymakers will have to look beyond the "nons” — nonviolent, nonserious and nonsexual offenders — and in so doing, challenge entrenched attitudes about crime and justice. 

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