Former Illinois Gov. Dan Walker speaks to reporters in Springfield in 2007.
April 29, 2015

Former Illinois Governor Dan Walker Dies

The son of the one-term governor confirms that Walker died overnight Wednesday in California.  He was 92. In 1987, he was sentenced to federal prison time for fraudulently obtaining more than $1 million in loans.  He's survived by his wife and seven children.


Children peer out of makeshift shelter in destroyed village of Paslang near the epicenter of Saturday's massive earthquake in the Gorkha District of Nepal, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Military operations continue Tuesday to reach the isolated areas
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April 29, 2015

Champaign-Urbana Nepali Community Organizes To Help Earthquake Victims

On Saturday a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal destroying buildings and infrastructure. Atul Nepal and Santosh Koirala are members of the Nepali Student Association on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus. He has been speaking with family in Nepal. They are telling them that relief work is underway and the aftershocks are dying down, but that the damage in Kathmandu Valley, where they live, is extensive. [Last update: May 1, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.]


Abraham Lincoln
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April 29, 2015

Tweeting Lincoln’s Assassination

Students at the University of Illinois Springfield began "live-tweeting" on April 14 - the date that that Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theater back in 1865. They've continued, tweeting in real time -- 150 years after the fact -- about the pursuit of John Wilkes Booth, and the funeral cortege from Washington, D.C. to Springfield.


Ralph Martire of the addressed a large crowd with his fiscal plan at a town hall meeting in Champaign Monday.
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April 28, 2015

Fiscal Expert Has Plan To Fix Illinois’ Budget Woes

Ralph Martire with the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability says his 4 steps would balance Illinois' budget within two years.  He spoke at a town hall meeting in Champaign Monday.


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April 27, 2015

Rauner Administration Asks For Public Input On Construction Revenues

Governor Bruce Rauner has long promised major investments in Illinois' infrastructure system, but has been short on suggestions for how to pay for construction. Now Rauner's administration says it's asking taxpayers their opinions on shoring up a public works program


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