103rd District State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana)
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 25, 2017

Ammons’ New Legislation Takes On Temp Staffing Agencies

New legislation from State Representative Carol Ammons takes on Illinois’ temporary staffing agencies over poor working conditions and wages. The Urbana Democrat says many temp workers are subject to low wages, unsafe working conditions, and sometimes, racial and gender discrimination. She's the lead sponsor of the Responsible Job Creation Act, which will offer protections to these workers and increase transparency in hiring practices. 


U of I President Tim Killeen.
U of I Board of Trustees
January 25, 2017

U Of I President Pledges Protection For Undocumented Students

The president of the University of Illinois last month rejected calls to make the U of I a so-called sanctuary campus. But President Timothy Killeen is pledging to continue protections for undocumented students on the university’s three campuses.


Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
January 25, 2017

Gov. Rauner To Take Optimistic Tone In State Of The State Address

Gov. Bruce Rauner will strike an optimistic tone in his State of the State address, while acknowledging Illinois faces ``significant challenges.''

The Republican's Wednesday speech comes as he gears up for a 2018 re-election bid. 

WILL AM 580 and WILL-TV will carry live coverage of the governor’s speech, beginning at 12 PM Central Time. WILL AM 580 streams at www.will.illinois.edu.


President Donald Trump talks with reporters n the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, before signing an executive order on the Keystone XL pipeline
Evan Vucci/Assocated Press
January 24, 2017

Trump Vows To ‘Send In The Feds’ To Help Chicago

President Donald Trump is vowing to "send in the Feds'' if Chicago can't reduce its homicide figures. In a tweet Tuesday night, Trump says the city is experiencing "horrible carnage,'' with surge in shootings since New Year's Day. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledged his own frustration with Chicago's crime rate Monday, but also criticized Trump for worrying about the size of the crowd at his inauguration.


Chart shown during city council presentation by the Champaign Police Complaint Working Group on how to handle citizen complaints.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 24, 2017

Champaign Council Signs Off On Plan For Citizen Review Of Police

Champaign’s City Council has unanimously signed off on new procedures for citizen review of police complaints, though some members admit the plan isn’t perfect. Tuesday’s vote comes after prior attempts to create a citizen review board in Champaign with greater powers had fallen short.


Logo for Illinois Realtors
Illinois Realtors
January 24, 2017

Illinois Home Sales Higher For 2016, Despite Dip In December

Sales of existing homes in Illinois were down in December, but up overall in 2016. The trade group Illinois Realtors reports that 162,380 houses and condos were sold in the state last year --- up 3.9% from 2015.  


Caterpillar
David Drew/Wikipedia
January 24, 2017

The Trump Administration & Illinois Manufacturing; Drug Interactions; Mark Morris Dance Group

On the 21st: We continued our week-long series on the impact of a Trump presidency on Illinois' economy with a discussion about manufacturing and jobs. Plus, we talked about Governor Rauner's plan to protect pharmacy customers from risky drug combinations and discussed how is Illinois divided on the soda vs. pop question. We also spoke with the founder of Mark Morris Dance Group, which will be performing in Urbana this weekend.


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