Democrat Laurel Prussing is seeking a fourth term as mayor of Urbana. But before the municipal election in April, Prussing faces two challengers in the Democratic primary on February 28th, alderwoman Diane Marlin, and Evelyn Burnett Underwood.
On the next 21st: With commodity prices low for corn, wheat, cattle and hogs, how are Illinois farmers faring? We'll check in with farmers in various industries and also speak with a member of the Cuitzillo social club in East Aurora to hear her thoughts on the first few weeks of President Trump in the White House.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says she won't run for Illinois governor in 2018. In a statement Monday, Bustos says she decided staying in Congress is "the best way for me to continue getting real results for working families across the heartland."
On the 21st: We spoke with a librarian about books that can make you smarter about the information you’re consuming. We also learned about the scientific secret to the recent successes of the Illinois Institute of Technology basketball team, and got the latest in Illinois politics with reporters from across the state.
The Illinois House is set to return to Springfield this week. Policymakers are still puzzling through last week's budget proposal by Governor Bruce Rauner. That’s partly because the Rauner administration made a significant break with tradition.
Recent deportation raids targeting undocumented immigrants around the country have raised concerns in the Illinois River community of Beardstown, where a local meatpacking plant has attracted many immigrant workers. University of Illinois planning professor Faranak Miraftab has made a study of Beardstown, and the JBS meatpacking plant there that employs workers from Mexico, West Africa and other places.
Alison Krauss and Buddy Cannon go way back. Cannon, a veteran country songwriter and producer, remembers hiring Krauss to sing harmonies on one of hear after hearing on of her early demos on cassette in the early 90s. "I've been blown away ever since," Cannon says.