Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters after greeting veteran and participating in "Breakfast to Veterans for Veterans Day" Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
March 03, 2017

Rauner Barred From Immediately Imposing Contract Terms

An Illinois appellate court has temporarily barred Gov. Bruce Rauner from imposing his contract terms on the state's largest public employee union. The 4th District Court of Appeals sided with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 on Friday.


Republican Mayoral candidate Rex Bradfield, during a March 2013 debate at the Champaign City Building.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 03, 2017

Republican Urbana Mayoral Candidate Bradfield Voted In Democratic Primary

Urbana’s Republican candidate for mayor says he made an honest mistake when he cast a ballot in this week’s Democratic Mayoral primary. Rex Bradfield says he thought signing the form provided by election judges on Tuesday only confirmed his identity, and not that he was affiliated with the Democratic Party. "It never occurred to me that I was putting myself in a position of perjuring myself," he said.


Renee Rosen, author of the new book Windy City Blues
Charles Osgood Photography and Penguin Random House
March 03, 2017

A Story Of Chicago Blues; Leisure Book Recommendations

On the 21st: We learned more about the story of Chicago blues with Renee Rosen, author of Windy City Blues, a new historical novel about Chess Records. We' also spoke with Terry Chess, son of the late Phil Chess. We also continued our occasional series of conversations for people who are feeling overwhelmed with the recent barrage of breaking news by asking: What books can they turn to for escape? 


Republican State Senator Chapin Rose of Mahomet.
Seth Perlman / AP
March 03, 2017

With ‘Grand Bargain’ In Doubt, State Senators Go Home Until Tuesday

Illinois Senators left Springfield Thursday without voting on the so-called "grand bargain.” Senate President John Cullerton says Democrats were left out to dry by Governor Bruce Rauner. He says Rauner instructed Republicans to withhold their support. But GOP Senator Chapin Rose, of Mahomet, says his side can wait a couple more weeks for a better deal.


An official parking placard visible inside the windshield of a car parked in front of Caterpillar headquarters on Adams Street in downtown Peoria today
Cass Herrington/WCBU
March 02, 2017

Feds Raid Caterpillar Offices In Illinois

Authorities say the IRS and other federal agencies are taking part in what Caterpillar says is the execution of a search warrant at three of its central Illinois facilities. The number of vehicles and reports from inside Caterpillar indicate this is a multi-agency effort, including the IRS, FDIC, and The Department of Commerce-Bureau of Industry and Security.


"At least a dozen cars and several dozen agents were visible along Adams Street during the late morning and early afternoon hours." -WCBU
Cass Herrington/WCBU
March 02, 2017

Caterpillar Raid; ‘Grand Bargain’ Update; Flowers & Cold Weather; La Vida Baseball

On the 21st: Law enforcement officials raided Caterpillar headquarters this morning. We talked about that and discussed the collapse of the 'grand bargain' and what's on the horizon for Illinois lawmakers. Plus, we got tips on how to protect your early-emerging plants from the upcoming freezing temperatures and learned about a new digital magazine about the history of Latinos in baseball.


Wreckage of a house moved off of its foundation by a tornado in rural Jackson County.
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU
March 02, 2017

Tornado Destroys Homes In Rural Jackson County

The last day of February once again brought tornados to Southern Illinois.

In 2012, it was the town of Harrisburg in Saline County that endured a lot of tornado damage.

This time, the heavy damage was a few counties west in the rural areas of northern Jackson County.


Illini Malcolm Hill dribbles past a double team of Alvin Ellis III & Miles Bridges (22)
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
March 02, 2017

Seniors Keep NCAA Hopes Alive With Win Over Spartans

The Illini men beat MIchigan State 73-70 last night in Champaign. It was the fourth consecutive win for Illinois, which now finds itself in the NCAA Tournament conversation, despite a 4-9 start in Big Ten play.


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