Illlinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan is joined by state workers outside the Illinois Supreme Court.
(AP Photo/Sara Burnett)
March 11, 2015

State’s High Court Hears Arguments In Pension Case

Oral arguments have begun before the Illinois Supreme Court on whether a massive state-employee pension bailout invalidated last fall by a lower court will be revived.


EPA map of Sole Source Aquifer area in Mahomet Aquifer.
(EPA)
March 11, 2015

EPA Designates Mahomet Aquifer ‘Sole Source Aquifer’

The EPA on Wednesday said the Mahomet aquifer is primary water source for more than 750,000 people in central Illinois. That guarantees extra scrutiny of any project there that includes federal finances.


Corrupt Illinois
Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality by: Dick Simpson and Thomas J. Gradel
(Photo: University of Illinois Press)
March 11, 2015

Why Is Illinois So Corrupt?

Anyone with a passing interest in Illinois politics knows the state has a reputation for corruption. A new book attempts to chronicle the wrong-doing, and propose a plan to combat it.


The 1865 hearse used to carry Abraham Lincoln's body in the procession through Springfield for his funeral.
(Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)Washington, D.C
March 09, 2015

Combat Vets Recreate Lincoln’s Hearse

Eric Hollenbeck of Blue Works Millworks in Eureka California tells how --- using details extrapolated from an old photograph and a transit document --- combat veterans in a millworks job training program reconstructed the coach used to carry Abraham Lincoln's body to its final resting place.


Illinois Department of Corrections logo
(IL Department of Corrections)
March 09, 2015

Rauner Names New State Prisons Director

Donald Stolworthy works for the U.S. State Department, and oversaw the construction of five prisons in Iraq.  He replaces the retiring S.A. "Tony" Godinez.


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