Literature at Friday's conference, held at Urbana's Carle Foundation Hospital.
(Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media)
December 10, 2016

State Seeking Preventative Measures To Address Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Four Illinois counties, including Champaign, are leading the effort to better understand those who suffer from mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Data-Driven Health and Justice is a nationwide effort to reduce the financial and human costs associated with those who frequently end up in hospitals and jails, or 'superutlizers'. The Illinois Criminal Justice Authority held a conference Friday in Urbana to help other parts of the state find preventative measures.  


Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., plant in Normal, Ill., is shown Thursday, May 20, 2004, where workers were awaiting an announcement that could determine the plant's fate.
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December 08, 2016

Company In Talks To Buy, Reopen Mitsubishi Plant

A Michigan automotive company, Rivian Automotive, hopes to take over the former Mitsubishi plant in Normal, and employ as many as 1,000 people. The 2.4-million-square foot facility that at its peak employed about 3,000 workers was shut down by Mitsubishi in November of last year. The last of the automaker's employees were laid off in May.


Dave Jackson stands in the produce section of his new and larger Save-A-Lot store in downtown Clinton.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
December 08, 2016

Economic Growth For Clinton Means More Than Keeping A Nuclear Plant Open

This is a report on the economy of a little town with a big power plant. The nuclear power plant located near the small town of Clinton (population 7,225) will be around for at least another decade. Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation Wednesday that subsidizes Exelon’s nuclear facilities, and prevents the Clinton and Quad-Cities nuclear plants from closing. Exelon says its Clinton plant has been a money-loser for some time. But it’s been a big part of the economy in Clinton and DeWitt County ever since initial construction began in the 1970s. 


U of I President Tim Killeen speaks at Monday's Urbana campus Academic Senate meeting at the Illini Union.
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December 06, 2016

Killeen: No Sanctuary Status For U Of I

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen says the school’s three campuses can not serve as a sanctuary for undocumented students - citing the need to uphold state and federal laws. In a mass e-mail Tuesday, Killeen says the sanctuary concept is not well defined. But he says leaders will continue to do all they can within the law to support and protect all students, including those who are undocumented.


Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger begins a news conference on the state budget Thursday, July 14, 2016, in Chicago.
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
December 02, 2016

Munger: Lawmakers Suing Over Pay Are ‘Cowards’

Half-a-dozen Democratic state representatives have sued the Illinois comptroller for holding up their paychecks during the state budget mess. On her last day in office, Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger called the legislators "cowards." Democrat Susanna Mendoza takes over Monday and has pledged to continue withholding paychecks.


A dollar bill cut into strips.
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December 02, 2016

Illinois Issues: A Decade Of Pain

New projections show nibbling around the edges of the state’s budget problems will get Illinois nowhere. That's according to the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs.


Bradfield debates Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing in March 2013 at the Champaign City Building.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 02, 2016

Republican Bradfield Launches Third Attempt At Urbana Mayor

Engineer and land surveyor Rex Bradfield is launching another campaign for the office of Urbana mayor. With three Democrats in the race, that means there will be a competitive general election for the office in April. Bradfield has twice lost to incumbent Laurel Prussing, in 2009 and 2013. He says Urbana city government needs to to more to lure business to the city, and says funds have been wasted on downtown projects like the Boneyard Creek beautification.


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