Rep. Will Davis (D-Homewood) chats with advocates representing suburban school districts Wednesday.
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May 25, 2017

School Funding Bill Clears Procedural Hurdle

Lawmakers of both parties, and even Gov. Bruce Rauner, agree that Illinois doesn't fund schools in an equitable manner. One plan earned bipartisan approval in a House committee Wednesday, clearing a procedural hurdle that positions it for possible speedy passage.


University of Illinois at Springfield logo
University of Illinois at Springfield
May 08, 2017

U of Illinois-Springfield Professors’ Deal Ends Strike

University of Illinois-Springfield administrators and a union representing professors have reached a tentative contract agreement, ending a strike that started last week. The University of Illinois Springfield United Faculty union represents nearly 170 tenured and tenure-track faculty members. Representatives of the school and the union announced the deal Sunday.


Busey Bank Vice Chairman Ed Scharlau
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
May 04, 2017

Busey Executive Sees Continued Strong Economy In Champaign County

A Busey Bank executive is predicting continued economic growth for Champaign County this year. Speaking Thursday at Busey Bank’s annual economic seminar, Vice-Chairman Ed Scharlau pointed to strong numbers in just about every sector of the county’s economy last year.


A Warehouse Workers for Justice rally.
Warehouse Workers for Justice
April 25, 2017

Illinois Issues: The Trouble With Temp Work

Legislation aims to improve working conditions for temporary workers as the need for them increases. There were more than 840,000 workers employed by staffing agencies in Illinois in 2015, according to the American Staffing Association.


State Senator Daniel Biss of Evanston
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April 21, 2017

Senator, Gubernatorial Hopeful Biss Visits Champaign

State Senator Daniel Biss wants to beat Bruce Rauner in next year’s gubernatorial election. But the Evanston Democrat doesn’t blame all of the state’s problems on the GOP incumbent. The former University of Chicago mathemetician addressed a gathering of 50 people in a downtown Champaign bar on Thursday, three days after another candidate for governor, J.B. Pritzker, was in the area.


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