An artist's rendering of two black holes.
Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab
June 16, 2017

Black Holes Collide; University Layoffs; ‘A Selfish Plan To Save The World’

On the 21st: What happens when black holes collide? We get a down-to-earth explanation from Northwestern University researchers of some of the most violent and energetic processes in the universe. Plus, the state budget crisis has led to more than 2,000 jobs cut at public universities, and social entrepreneur Justin Dillon shares why he thinks everyone can make a difference.


In this Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters after meeting with legislative leaders during veto session in Springfield, Ill.
Seth Perlman/AP
June 16, 2017

Governor Rauner Calls Special Sessions To Work On Budget

Governor Bruce Rauner has called ten “special sessions” for the end of the month. He wants lawmakers to vote on the Republican budget plan unveiled Wednesday — a plan that also includes items on his political and economic wish list.


Trustee Robert Boey and NIU President Doug Baker
Jenna Dooley/WNIJ
June 16, 2017

NIU President Doug Baker Will Leave Office June 30

Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker will step down on June 30, the end of the current academic year. He made the announcement at the beginning of the NIU Board of Trustees meeting, which had scheduled a closed session on its agenda to review “Presidential Employment.”


Jeff Hulbert, of Annapolis, Md., epresses his opinion as residents of Alexandria, Va., leave a prayer service near the baseball field in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. A rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a con
Cliff Owen/AP
June 15, 2017

GOP Baseball Shooting: Where Do We Go From Here?; Lawsuits Over Budget Impasse; Weeds & Pets

On the 21st: Following Wednesday's shooting, members from both sides of the aisle have sent messages of support and have called for civility in this heated political climate. We spoke with current and former politicians and a communications expert about political rhetoric, bipartisanship and what this moment means for our country. We also got the latest on an appellate court hearing in southern Illinois over state worker pay and learn about plants that can be toxic to pets.


The black Saturn Astra that Yingying Zhang entered voluntarily on Friday, June 9.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
June 15, 2017

Authorities Continue Search For Missing U Of I Scholar

26-year-old Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois, was last seen Friday afternoon getting into a black Saturn Astra on North Goodwin Ave. in Urbana.


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