Rev. Evelyn Burnett Underwood, Incument Mayor Laurel Prussing, and Alderwoman Diane Marlin debated at Urbana's Riggs Brewery Wednesday.
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February 16, 2017

Mayoral Candidates Look Downtown In Second Debate

In their second debate, the three women seeking the Democratic nomination for Urbana mayor weighed in on downtown and 'family friendly' events, but also had a chance to highlight what set them apart, each answering questions direct specifically about them. An audience of about 100 attended the event at Riggs Brewery, hosted by the Champaign County Young Democrats, Chambana Moms, and Smile Politely.


Dr. Susan Zola, who was announced as Champaign Unit 4 Schools next superintendent Wednesday.
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February 15, 2017

Unit 4 Hires Susan Zola As Next Superintendent

Champaign Unit 4 has promoted from within for its next superintendent. The school board announced Wednesday night that Susan Zola, currently serving as the District's Assistant Superintendent for Achievement, Curriculum, and Instruction at the District's 12 elementary schools will take over for the retiring Judy Wiegand on July 1. Zola was chosen from three candidates after a national search was conducted.


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Illinois State Military Museum Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Springfield, Ill.
Seth Perlman/AP
February 15, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner’s Budget Address, Annotated

Governor Bruce Rauner gave his third annual budget address to the General Assembly today.  Here are his full remarks, with explanatory notes from Illinois Public Radio reporters.


FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2016 file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, Ill. The governor gave his budget address Wednesday in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/AP
February 15, 2017

Rauner Outlines State Budget Plan To Lawmakers

In his annual budget address to lawmakers, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Illinois lawmakers of both parties agree for the first time that the state needs regulatory change as well as reduced spending. 

He says "on this, we all now agree. And that is real progress.''


President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with parents and teachers at the White House.
Evan Vucci / AP
February 15, 2017

Reports: U.S. Intercepted Calls Between Trump Campaign Staff And Russian Intelligence

Russian intelligence officials made repeated contact with members of President Trump's campaign staff, according to new reports that cite anonymous U.S. officials. American agencies were concerned about the contacts but haven't seen proof of collusion between the campaign and the Russian security apparatus, the reports say.


Illinois Statehouse
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February 14, 2017

Budget Address Preview; Evangelicals & Refugees; Local Programs Address Food Poverty

On the 21st: We got a preview of Governor Rauner’s upcoming budget address and learned what social service agencies that rely on state funding hope to hear. We also discussed a recent letter signed by hundreds of conservative evangelical leaders denouncing President Trump's immigration executive order and learned about two new initiatives aimed at providing food to those in need.


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