Brian Moline and Lisa Bralts in a baseball pose.
Michael Owen Thomas/Illinois Public Media
February 02, 2016

The Bandwagon - Episode Nine

Lisa and Brian are back with another episode of The Bandwagon!  This week they talk about the great Lakers-Celtics rivalry of the 1980s, the first female NFL assistant coach, and the World Ping Pong Championships!  And Brian sings a little, but don't let that discourage you from listening.


A sign in front of a home on Lincoln Avenue in Urbana protests Carle Hospital's tax-exempt status.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
February 02, 2016

Attorney General Seeks Stay Of Tax Ruling Impacting Urbana Hospitals

The Illinois Attorney General's office wants the 4th District Appellate Court to delay enforcement of the January 5 ruling which found a 2012 state law involving tax exemptions for hospitals that provide charity care to be unconstitutional. The motion for a stay was filed with the appelate court on January 28.  Carle is appealing last month's ruling to the Illinois Supreme Court.


January 2016 Flash Index
(UI Institute for Government and Public Affairs)
February 01, 2016

Drop In Flash Index Keeps Pace With National Economy

University of Illinois Ecomomist Fred Giertz says the monthly Flash Index fell to 105.3 in January from 105.5 a month earlier, which he says is consistent with a national slowdown.  But he says the economy is growing, just at a slower rate.  Giertz also says it's unclear if Illinois' now 8-month budget impasse is having much of an impact.


Illinois forward Michael Finke is helped off the court after hurting his knee in a collision with another player.
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
February 01, 2016

Illini Fall To Wisconsin 63-55

The Fighting Illini lost to the Wisconsin Badgers 63-55 Sunday night, in a game where Illinois forward Michael Finke had to leave with a knee injury.


In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, Ashley Thompson inspects marijuana plants inside the "Mother Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill.
(Seth Perlman/Associated Press)
January 30, 2016

Rauner Administration Again Rejects New Marijuana Conditions

For the second time in five months, Governor Bruce Rauner's administration has rejected expanding the list of diseases that can be treated with marijuana in Illinois, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Department of Public Health announced the decision Friday.


Then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, waves to spectators as he arrives to announce his candidacy for president of the United States at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007.
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
January 29, 2016

Obama To Address Illinois General Assembly Next Month

On the ninth anniversary of his entrance into the presidential race, President Barack Obama will address the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield on February 10th.  Gov. Bruce Rauner released a statement, saying "he looks forward to hearing him speak about finding common ground between Republicans and Democrats."


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