In this June 9, 2015 photo, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees protest outside the in Chicago.
Christian K. Lee/Associated Press
January 13, 2017

AFSCME Members To Vote On Strike Authorization In Illinois

The largest public-employee union in Illinois will ask its members this month whether they'd support a strike in a contract dispute with Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration. The state council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees told members Friday that they'll vote on authorizing the union's bargaining committee to call a strike.


Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing says losing Carle hospital and clinics from tax rolls has shifted the burden onto other taxpayers.
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
January 12, 2017

Illinois Supreme Court Weighing Hospital Tax Status

The Illinois Supreme Court considered a case Thursday that asks whether not-for-profit hospitals have to pay property taxes. The case involves Urbana-based Carle hospital and clinics — though it could affect health systems across Illinois. At issue is the constitutionality of a state law that exempts not-for-profit hospitals from paying property tax.


Champaign Finance Director Richard Schnuer
City of Champaign
January 11, 2017

Schnuer: City Finances In Excellent Shape

Champaign's finance director says finances have improved as he prepared to step down from the job he's held for 31 years. Richard Schnuer touts the city's AAA bond rating from two agencies, as well as investments in infrastructure and downtown development the past few years. "We just don't throw money at developers without knowing the outcome," he says. 


Eastern Illinois University in Charleston
Eastern Illinois University
January 10, 2017

Illinois Issues: A Crash Course In Economics

Over the summer, Hannah Meisel took a look at how the lack of a full state budget was affecting businesses in university towns. This week, Illinois Issues is revisiting that story because as the budget impasse drags on, several universities could face fiscal crisis and college-town economies continue to suffer.


Alma Mater Statue
University of Illinois Public Affairs
January 09, 2017

U Of I To Freeze In-State Tuition For Third Straight Year

University of Illinois leaders are recommending no increase in tuition for in-state students for the third straight year. If approved by university Trustees at their meeting in Chicago next week, this proposal would mark the 3-campus system’s longest rate freeze in 40 years. Tuition would go up 1.8 percent for graduate students, and out-of-state and international students.


Timothy Killeen
University of Illinois
December 22, 2016

Killeen: Merit-Based Raises Coming in 2017

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen sent a mass e-mail Thursday, saying a merit-based 2-percent salary program is coming in February and March of next year. He said leaders have worked hard to manage resources effectively despite the state budget impasse. Administrators and leaders on each campus will announce the timeline for the raises in January.


The Federal Reserve Building in Washington, D.C.
Wikimedia Commons
December 14, 2016

Federal Reserve Raises Key Interest Rate In First Move Since 2015

America's central bank is nudging its benchmark interest rate higher, announcing a move from the current 0.25-0.50 percent to a range of 0.50 and 0.75 percent. The decision emerged from a session of the Federal Open Market Committee Wednesday.


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