Chicago Public Schools officials are seeking a preliminary injunction barring the state of Illinois from disbursing education funds until it adequately funds the state's largest school district. Faced with a huge deficit and an upcoming teacher pension payment, CEO Forrest Claypool says the Chicago school year could end three weeks early if the state doesn't come through with funds.
On the 21st: We learned why some Illinois residents are frustrated with Washington lawmakers representing their districts. Plus, we discussed recent reports of sexual assault on college campuses in Illinois and got the latest in Illinois politics from reporters across the state.
The Dean of Libraries on the University of Illinois Urbana campus says he is not a candidate for the permanent provost position. Wilkin says chancellor Robert Jones hopes to have a permanent provost in place in about 8-12 months.
Willard Airport is welcoming back United Airlines after a two-decade absence. The airport serving Champaign-Urbana says United will begin flights between Willard and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, beginning June 8.
A.D. Carson grew up in Decatur, graduated from Millikin University, and earned a master's degree here at the University of Illinois Springfield. He’s now a Ph.D candidate at Clemson University, where recently he defended his dissertation -- a hip-hop project that’s gone viral.
On the 21st: We talked with WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore about her new audio documentary on her book about segregation in Chicago's South Side. We also spoke with Chaz Ebert to preview Sunday's Oscars and checked in with the founder of the upcoming 34th annual Insect Fear Film Festival in Urbana.