soybean seeds
(Dan Gill/AP)
March 08, 2017

GMO Discussion Wednesday Evening At Champaign Public Library

If you have questions about what’s next for genetically modified foods, or GMO’s, you can pose them to a panel of experts at a community conversation Wednesday night at the Champaign Public Library. The panel will include speakers from the University of Illinois College Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences (ACES), the U of I Extension, the Illinois Farm Bureau, and a fifth-generation Illinois farmer.


Illinois Statehouse
(Photo: Brian Mackey/WUIS)
March 08, 2017

Asked About Ways To Cut Budget, Rauner Agency Heads Stay Silent

Governor Bruce Rauner said Tuesday that Senate Democrats must make “real spending cuts” in their proposed budget compromise. But just a few hours later, Rauner administration agency heads frustrated state senators by refusing to answer questions about where agencies could tighten their belts.


David Gill
Sean Powers / Illinois Public Media
March 07, 2017

Congressional Hopeful Gill Throws Sixth Hat Into Ring

​David Gill says he’s running again for Congress next year, and President Donald Trump is the reason why. The Bloomington Democrat -- who’s run for the US House five times before -- says his problems with Trump go beyond disagreements over policy, and concern the nation’s core values.


Gov. Bruce Rauner is joined by Republican Senators at Middletown Prairie Elementary School in Mahomet on June 1, 2016.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 07, 2017

Rauner: Illinois ‘Won’t Do Well’ Under House GOP Health Plan

Illinois' Republican governor says he is "very concerned'' that the state's residents might be "left in the lurch'' under the health care plan proposed by congressional Republicans. Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday he is talking with his fellow GOP governors and members of Congress on ideas for changing the proposal.


NPR Staff give context to tweets from President Trump.
Chelsea Beck / NPR
March 07, 2017

President Trump’s Tweets, Annotated

President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context. Here, we attempt to do just that for key tweets.


Candidates for Parkland College's Board of Trustees gather in the Student Union cafeteria for Monday's debate.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 07, 2017

State Budget Impasse Dominates Talk At Parkland Trustees Debate

Some of the candidates seeking seats on the Parkland College Board of Trustees admit further budget cuts may have to be considered amid a nearly two-year state budget impasse. Tuition hikes, the future of Parkland's sports programs, and the viability of having some four-year degree programs were also among the topics discussed among the community college's ten Board of Trustees candidates Monday night. 


Students during Unofficial St. Patrick's Day in 2009.
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March 06, 2017

Town-Gown Committee Continues Efforts To Control ‘Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day’

The chair of a committee set up to deal with Unofficial Saint Patrick’s Day at the University of Illinois Urbana campus says he cannot be certain that the death of a student was definitely due to the unsanctioned event. Dean of Students Kenneth Ballom says the very nature of 'Unofficial' as a de-centralized, unorganized event makes it hard to be sure that the fatal fall of Jonathan Morales from a Champaign apartment balcony was truly a part of it.


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