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Justine Siegal throws batting practice to Cleveland Indians catchers during baseball spring training Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, in Goodyear, Ariz.
Mark Duncan/Associated Press
News Local/State

Normal Coach Is Changing The Face Of Professional Baseball

Justine Siegal said she started her career patch playing tee ball, like many kids do. But at age 13, when she was told by her baseball coach to play softball instead, she refused to quit - and still hasn't left the game. The newest member of the Normal Cornbelters coaching staff, she's also scouted big leaguers, and pitched batting practice to major league hitters.

Graph showing Illinois' statewide video gaming machine count, 2012-2016
WNIJ & summer 2016 data visualization course, Department of Computer Science, Northern Illinois University (Mohammed Jaffer Ali)
News Local/State

Video Gaming Reaches New Heights In Illinois

Video gaming machines have been popping up in Illinois bars and restaurants for nearly four years. For the most part, the increase in gaming machines and in revenue across the state has been steady. There are nearly 24,000 video gaming machines in Illinois, and the amount played over the last few years is in the billions of dollars -- with a b. 

University of Illinois College of Law
Legal Issues In the News

Keeping Amusement Parks Safe

In this week's Legal Issues in the News Jennifer Pahre, from the University of Illinois College of Law, looks at the regulation of amusement park saftey. 

A picture of the emerald ash borer
USDA Photo Service
News Local/State

Emerald Ash Borer Continues Destruction

The emerald ash borer continues to devastate ash trees in Champaign and surrounding areas.  The City of Champaign has removed about one third of the ash trees on its property since the insect was first found in the city in 2006.

The board of the Illinois Teachers Retirement System, which serves more than 400,000 teachers outside of Chicago, voted to lower its expected rate of return on investments Friday in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/AssociatedPress
News Local/State

Illinois’ Pension Payment Expected To Increase By $400M

Illinois' contribution to the state's largest public-pension fund is expected to increase by more than $400 million next year after the board overseeing the account, trustees with the Teachers' Retirement System, lowered its expected rate of return on investments. The move could lead to higher taxes or massive cuts to education and social services.  Gov. Bruce Rauner says this could have a devestating impact on Illinois' current budget structure.

Mike Frerichs
(Sean Powers/WILL)
News Local/State

New Law Makes Insurance Companies Find, Pay Beneficiaries

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to force insurance companies to locate beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance policies and pay them money they're owed. Democratic Treasurer Michael Frerichs says his office has identified more than $550 million in unpaid benefits owed to Illinois residents.