protesters by the White House
Alex Brandon/AP
January 28, 2017

Trump’s Immigration Freeze Omits Those Linked To Deadly Attacks In U.S.

President Trump's freeze on immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries cites the potential threat of terrorism. But here's the twist — it doesn't include any countries from which radicalized Muslims have actually killed Americans in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001.


The Alma Mater statue on the University of Illinois campus
University of Illinois Public Affairs
January 28, 2017

U Of I: Not Clear How AG’s Filing Impacts University Workers

A court filing by Illinois’ Attorney General seeks to halt state worker paychecks by the end of February, and not let them resume until there’s agreement on a state budget. But it’s not yet clear if Thursday’s action would extend to University of Illinois employees. 

U of I spokesperson Tom Hardy says the system’s legal office is reviewing Lisa Madigan’s motion.


smoking
ivoryelephantphotography/flickr
January 28, 2017

American Lung Association Fails Illinois For Efforts To Curtail Tobacco Use

The American Lung Association's national “State of Tobacco Report” gives Illinois failing grades in four areas. They include Funding for State Tobacco Prevention Programs, Level of State Tobacco Taxes, Coverage and Access to Services to Quit Tobacco, and Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21. 


Joe Muskin with the University of Illinois College of Engineering looks up from an array of Lego Mindstorms components.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
January 27, 2017

Middle-School Contestants Take On Real-World Problems With Lego Robots

On Saturday, January 28, 64 teams of kids in fourth through eighth grade will gather on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus and compete in solving practical problems using programmable toy robots.

The event is called a “Lego League” tournament, one of many around the world.  It’s being held at the ARC --- the Activities and Recreation Center on Peabody Drive on the U of I campus.


Attorney General Lisa Madigan
M. Spencer Green/AP
January 26, 2017

IL Attorney General Asks Court To Stop State Worker Pay

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is seeking to stop state worker pay until legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner approve a spending plan.

A motion by Madigan filed Thursday in St. Clair County Circuit Court seeks to dissolve a preliminary injunction which allowed state workers to be paid during the budget impasse. 


Senate President John Cullerton and Republican Leader Christine Radogno speak to reporters earlier this month.
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
January 26, 2017

Senate Leaders: Not Backing Off ‘Grand Bargain’

The Illinois Senate left Springfield Thursday without voting on a bipartisan effort to end Illinois' budget stalemate. But hope springs eternal. The so-called grand bargain - devised earlier this month by the Senate's top leadership - was like a chili recipe where the cooks keep swapping ingredients. The latest version would increase the income tax by one-and-a-quarter percentage points, and further decrease government pensions.


Fermilap scientist
Fermi National Accelerator Lab
January 26, 2017

The Trump Administration & Scientific Research; Tuition-Free Illinois; The Dear Women Project

On the 21st: We talked with scientists from across the state about their concerns regarding President Trump and the new administration, and spoke with a former Fermilab physicist who’s now in Congress. Plus, we learned about an idea for tuition-free college, and talked about a new project aimed at encouraging women with handwritten notes.


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