In this Aug. 29, 1983 file photo, Illinois state Sen. Philip J. Rock, D-Oak Park, announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Chicago, Ill.
John Swart/Associated Press
January 29, 2016

Philip Rock, Illinois Senate President For 14 Years, Dies

Former Illinois Senate President Philip Rock has died.  He was 78.  The Democrat from Oak Park served 14 years in charge of the Senate, the longest tenure in the chamber's history.  He left in 1993. 


Hoopeston native Thad Matta watches Illini Michael Finke launch a three-point attempt.
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
January 29, 2016

Ohio State Downs Illinois In Overtime, 68-63

Trevor Thompson scored 16 points and Ohio State survived a furious comeback by Illinois to win in overtime Thursday night, 68-63.
 


Entrance of Carle Foundation Hospital Trauma Center
(Jim Meadows/WILL)
January 28, 2016

Carle To Appeal Ruling On State Law Regarding Tax Exemption

Carle will file its appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court by the February 9th deadline.  Earlier this month, a state appellate court ruled Illinois' law governing when hospitals are property tax exempt for charity care is unconstitutional. A Carle spokesperson says it's about "protecting the community's health care resources."


n this Wednesday photo, Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, speaks to lawmakers after Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his State of the State address.  Durkin called Democrats' Thurday proposal to fund MAP grants &#
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 28, 2016

Illinois GOP Calls Democrats’ College Spending Bill A Hoax

Democratic legislators have approved $721 million for tuition grants and community colleges. But Republicans call it an empty promise because Illinois still doesn't have a budget.  Gov. Bruce Rauner has already indicated he'll veto the measure.


A community member at a blood pressure check-up
Avicenna Community Health Center
January 28, 2016

Avicenna Free Clinic Focuses On Healthy Living

Free and charitable clinics continue to play a vital role in Champaign County, where more than 12,500 people are without health insurance. Avicenna is one of four free clinics in Champaign-Urbana. By coupling traditional medicine with lifestyle management, their health care team aims to do more than just treat illnesses as they arise.


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner delivering his 2016 State of the State address.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 27, 2016

Gov. Rauner’s State Of The State Address: Highlights, Reaction

Gov. Bruce Rauner's State of the State address included proposals for improving Illinois schools, reforms to the state's criminal justice system, support for St. Sen. President Cullerton's pension reform plan and criticism of state employee unions. Illinois labor leaders and African-American lawmakers did not have a positive reaction, while Illinois House Speaker expressed possible support for a new pension reform plan.


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