New Horizons was about 3.7 million miles (6 million kilometers) from Pluto and Charon when it snapped this portrait late on July 8, 2015.
NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI
July 13, 2015

Pluto Fly-By: Reaching New Horizons

Eighty-five years after Pluto was discovered by an astronomer from Illinois – the New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Pluto and show us what this far-off world looks like. David Leake, the head of Staerkel Planetarium, fills us in on what to expect and the Central Illinois connection to Pluto. 


In this April 30, 2013 file photo, a poster projecting job and economic growth related to "fracking" is used by lawmakers  at the state Capitol in Springfield.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
July 12, 2015

Appeals Court Upholds Illinois Fracking Rules

The 5th District Appellate Court Friday issued a ruling that upheld the state's rules for the oil and gas drilling technique.  The appellate court sided with a Madison County judge, rejecting a challenge from an environmental group.


Adolf Tolkachev leaving his car at a roadblock on June 9, 1985.
Courtesy of H. Keith Melton and the Melton Archive
July 10, 2015

A Tale Of Real-Life Espionage In New Book

David Hoffman details the story of Adolf Tolkachev, the most valuable Soviet spy during the Cold War, and the CIA agents he passed hundreds of thousands of pages of information to in his new book – the Billion Dollar Spy. 


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to cabinet members during a meeting at the state Capitol, Feb. 25  in Springfield,
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
July 09, 2015

House Passes 30-Day Budget, Returns To Senate

House Democrats Thursday approved a 30-day budget, sending it back to the Senate.  But Governor Bruce Rauner has been on record saying he won't sign a temporary budget, calling this one "unbalanced."


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