Richard Goldberg irritated Democrats while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 28, 2015, with Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (left) and Jennifer Hammer (right), an attorney for the Rauner administration.
Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio
September 30, 2015

Proxy Wars: Meet The Rauner Aide Driving Democrats Crazy

If you think of the whole dispute at the Statehouse as a war, as it’s been described, then think of Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan as its generals; their back-and-forth is well documented. Much more so than how the shin-kicky, hand-to-hand combat is playing out on the front lines.

Champaign County seal, displayed in the Champaign County Boardroom.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
September 30, 2015

Champaign County Board Approves Clinton Landfill Consent Decree

The Champaign County Board approved the Clinton Landfill consent decree fifteen to five with one abstention, joining 11 other local governments in the the Mahomet Aquifer Coalition. Two members of the coalition have scheduled votes in October.

This Wednesday, June 10, 2015 photo shows chip credit cards in Philadelphia.
Matt Rourke/AP
September 29, 2015

IRMA Head: US Issued ‘Chip’ Credit Cards Don’t Go Far Enough

October 1st is the soft deadline for US merchants to offer payment systems for the new 'chip and sign' cards, already provided by a number of banks in the country.  But Illinois Retail Merchants Association President Rob Karr says the card's magnetic stripe still makes consumers vulnerable to fraud.

Attorney Sally Scott of Chicago-based Franczek Radelet discusses the Unit 4 consent decree during a school board meeting at Central High School Monday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 29, 2015

Unit 4 Board Reviews Consent Decree; Community Seeks More Improvements

Attorney Sally Scott of Chicago-based Franczek Radelet provided a brief history of the Unit 4 consent decree, and its 2009 settlement to address racial inequities.  But community leaders who worked on the agreement want more changes in areas like discipline and hiring. 

Foellinger Auditorium on the main quad of the University of Illinois Urbana campus.
Wikimedia Commons
September 28, 2015

New Background Policy Delayed For U Of I Urbana Campus

A new policy requiring criminal background checks for all new University of Illinois employees will not be implemented on the Urbana campus until November 1st, following a request from the Academic Senate.

Sarah Thompson of Paxton speaks about the ABLE Act to a small audience at the Developmental Services Center of Champaign on Monday.
Senait Gebregiorgis/Illinois Public Media
September 28, 2015

Politicians Promote Savings Plan For Disability Care

Illinois will be among the first states to implement a savings program for the lifelong care of people with disabilities. The financial planning tool is being promoted at a time when many state-funded services for those with disabilities are not being paid.

In this June 9, 2015 file photo, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse in Chicago after his arraignment on charges of violating banking rules and lying to the FBI after he allegedly agreed in 2010 to pay $3.5 million to s
Christian K. Lee/AP, File
September 28, 2015

Ex-House Speaker Hastert Lawyers Talking Possible Plea Deal

Attorneys for the former U.S. House Speaker from Illinois say a possible plea deal has been reached in his hush-money case.  A May indictment said Hastert agreed to pay someone identified as "Individual A" to keep them from identifying past misconduct.

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