In this Feb. 4, 2015, file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, right, reaches to shake the hand of House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, left, after delivering his first state of the state address at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Illinois&
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
June 19, 2015

Past Due: Budget Deal Could Bring Tax Increase

Democratic lawmakers and Rauner do not appear to be close to a budget deal. But if they can work out their differences, they will likely be looking for more revenue to help close the state's massive budget deficit. That could mean higher taxes for you. 


The new site for the Champaign drivers license facility at 2012 Round Barn Road.  It's expected to open later this summer.
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
June 18, 2015

New Driver Services Facility To Open Later This Summer

The Illinois Secretary of State's office hopes to have a new Champaign driver services facility open later this summer. In the meantime, a temporary location will be available next week at the Champaign library. 


Charleston, SC church shooting suspect Dylann Roof.
(Lexington County (SC) Detention Center via AP)
June 18, 2015

Police Arrest Suspect in Charleston Church Shooting

Police in Charleston, S.C. says they have captured a man they suspect of opening fire and killing nine people during a prayer meeting at Emanuel AME Church, one of the city's oldest historically black churches.


The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
(Nikopoley/Wikimedia)
June 17, 2015

Pension Expert: Illinois Is “The State You Don’t Want To Be”

While state leaders haggle over next year's budget, Illinois' $111 billion unfunded pension liabilty remains the elephant in the room.  Don Boyd is a senior fellow at the Rockefeller Institute in Albany, New York, and studies state finance with a focus on pensions.  Boyd spoke with Morning Edition Host Brian Moline about the causes of the shortfall and some possible solutions.


A group of female African Savannah Elephants take a dust bath in Tanzania
Linda Honigfort
June 16, 2015

The African Elephant Is Actually Two Separate Species - And In Danger

According to researchers the African elephant is actually two different species of elephant - a development with big implications for conservation. We talk with Alfred Roca, a researcher at the University of Illinois who specializes in genetics and wildlife conservation, about the differences in the elephant and what that means for its survival. 


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