Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks with members of LGBT groups and their supporters at a vigil in the city's Lakeview neighborhood on Sunday.
Teresa Crawford / AP
June 13, 2016

Illinois Reacts To The Orlando Nightclub Shooting

Gov. Rauner ordered flags flown at half-staff and a memorial vigil in Chicago drew hundreds of attendees, as Illinois reacted to the shooting inside an Orlando, Florida gay nightclub that left 49 people dead and 53 injured.


Orlando police officers direct family members away from a shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday.
Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP
June 12, 2016

NPR News Updates On Mass Shooting At Orlando Gay Nightclub

The shooting started shortly after 2 a.m, ET, and the situation ended three hours later when police rescued approximately 30 hostages inside the nightclub. This is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.


Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus
Wikimedia Commons
June 11, 2016

State Universities Earn Credit Rating ‘Review’

In week in which two rating agencies lowered Illinois' bond rating during a state budget impasse, Moody's Investors Services says it will review the credit worthiness of seven state schools, including the University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University, and Illinois State University.


Cronus Chemicals CEO Erzin Atac discusses its new fertilizer plan in Tuscola in October 2014.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
June 10, 2016

Construction Delayed For Douglas County Fertilizer Plant

Plans for building the Cronus Chemicals fertlizer plant in Tuscola have been put off until 2017.  A spokesperson says the company is trying to finalize deals with contractors, and cost for setting up the facility on land once considered for the FutureGen project is now listed at $1.9 billion.


Entrance to Champaign Central High School.
Landmarks Illinois
June 10, 2016

Unit 4 Committee Wants Central HS Renovated

Thursday marked the last meeting of the Champaign Unit 4 Tier 2 Facilities Committee, which unanimously agreed that Central High School should remain on site and expand, rather than be torn down and rebuilt. The panel didn't endorse a specific financial package for a fall bond issue that would also include additions at Centennial High School, and work on as many as four other school district buildings. 


Jack Yonoer
Jack Yonover
June 09, 2016

Child Food Allergies; TSA Lines Getting Shorter?; ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Turns 30

On The 21st: We spoke with 14-year-old Wilmette resident Jack Yonover, writer and director of the film "That Bites," and discussed child food allergies with the director of the first downstate food allergies program. Plus, the TSA says waits at the nation's airports are getting shorter; and, we celebrate 30 years since the debut of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."


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