Rodney Davis
Office of Rodney Davis
April 12, 2017

Davis: A Larger Strike In Syria Should Involve Congress

Congressman Rodney Davis says President Donald Trump needs congressional approval for any larger-scale military action in Syria. But the 13th District Republican from Taylorville says he stands behind Trump’s decision last week to launch air strikes on a Syrian air base, without a vote in Congress.


A coal mine exhibit in Evanston.
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April 11, 2017

The Future Of Illinois Coal Mining; School Funding Lawsuit; Video Game College Scholarships

On the 21st: We discussed the future of coal mining with the Illinois Coal Association president, a union president, and a reporter with Inside Energy. We also learned why 17 Illinois school superintendents are suing the state for inequitable funding, and learned more about why some colleges are offering scholarships for competitive video gaming.


Governor Bruce Rauner at the Thompson Center in Chicago
Sophia Tareen/AP
April 11, 2017

Rauner Launching 2-Day Campaign Tour As 2018 Rivals Attack

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is launching the first official campaign tour of his re-election bid on Tuesday, as Democrats line up to unseat him in 2018 and the Republican tries to turn around his sagging approval ratings.


The Urbana Landmark Hotel
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 11, 2017

Urbana Council Will Continue Talks On Hotel Redevelopment

The Urbana City Council voted unanimously Monday night to continue talks towards a possible redevelopment agreement for a 94-year old downtown hotel. The latest revisions to the draft agreement for the Urbana Landmark Hotel include reducing the city’s post-construction bonds to help the project from $9.5 million down to $7 million.


Closeup of a marijuana plant.
Brent Levin/CC BY 2.0/Flickr
April 11, 2017

Illinois Issues: The Case For Partial Legalization

Might pot and ditch weed help ease the state's financial crisis and boost its farm economy? Sponsors of legislation to legalize recreational marijuana and to clear the way for large-scale production of industrial hemp are hoping to convince their colleagues that's the case.


The Champaign County Nursing Home Board.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
April 11, 2017

Nursing Home Board Wants To Study Consultant’s Proposal

On Tuesday evening, the Champaign County Board starts a discussion of what to do next with the county nursing home, now that voters have rejected a tax hike but approved the possibility of selling it. Meanwhile, the nursing home advisory board will explore another proposal — running the facility as a non-profit institution with help from local healthcare institutions. 


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April 10, 2017

The Rise & Fall Of Sears; Bullying Prevention; Illinois Politics

On the 21st: Chicagoland-based Sears Holding Corporation recently announced they lost more than $2 billion dollars in the past year, leading many to doubt about the future of the company. We discuss the rise and fall of the retail giant. Plus, we ask: what role do parents and teachers have to play in preventing bullying and violence in schools? And we get the latest in Illinois politics, with a focus on the governor's race.


An aerial view of San Bernardino, California.
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April 10, 2017

Officials: Teacher, 2 Students Shot At San Bernardino School

Four people were shot Monday in an apparent murder-suicide inside an elementary school classroom in San Bernardino, including a teacher and two students, police and school officials said.


The now-closed Urbana Landmark Hotel
Wikimedia Commons
April 09, 2017

Prussing Hopes Council Gives Preliminary OK To Hotel Plan Revisions

Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing hopes the latest changes in a proposed redevelopment contract for a downtown hotel will win over more city council members. Council members are to take a preliminary vote Monday on whether to continue talks with developer Dionis Rodriguez on renovating and reopening the Urbana Landmark Hotel. 


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