State Senator Daniel Biss of Evanston
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
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.


Champaign County Board Member Kyle Patterson.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
April 12, 2017

Champaign County Board Grapples With Nursing Home Problems

The Champaign County Board discussed the future of its financially troubled county nursing home Tuesday night, one week after voters rejected a county tax hike for the facility, but gave permission for its possible sale. 


Closeup of a marijuana plant.
Brent Levin/CC BY 2.0/Flickr
April 11, 2017

Illinois Issues: The Case For Partial Legalization

Might pot and ditch weed help ease the state's financial crisis and boost its farm economy? Sponsors of legislation to legalize recreational marijuana and to clear the way for large-scale production of industrial hemp are hoping to convince their colleagues that's the case.


The Champaign County Nursing Home Board.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
April 11, 2017

Nursing Home Board Wants To Study Consultant’s Proposal

On Tuesday evening, the Champaign County Board starts a discussion of what to do next with the county nursing home, now that voters have rejected a tax hike but approved the possibility of selling it. Meanwhile, the nursing home advisory board will explore another proposal — running the facility as a non-profit institution with help from local healthcare institutions. 


Head shot of Jerry Costello.
Seth Perlman/AP
April 08, 2017

Lawmakers Send State-Nurse Protection Bill To Rauner

The Illinois General Assembly has sent legislation to Gov. Bruce Rauner that would prohibit further privatization of health care workers in state prisons. Lawmakers sent the measure to Rauner Friday. It won House approval a day earlier 68-42.


Members of the Black United Front unfurl a banner at a University of Illinois trustees meeting on March 15, 2017.
Jim Meadows/WILL
April 04, 2017

Project 1000; New Central Illinois Health Clinic; In Studio: Jupiter String Quartet

On the 21st: We spoke with two students from Black United Front UIUC, a group that is urging the University of Illinois to recruit more black students and provide better resources. Plus, we learned about a new health clinic that aims to increase access to affordable medical and dental care in central Illinois, and we were joined in studio by the Jupiter String Quartet for a preview of their upcoming performance in Urbana. 


The U.S. Supreme Court building
Brittany Hogan / Flickr
April 04, 2017

Illinois Issues: This State’s Abortion Debate

With Democrats in firm control of the Illinois General Assembly, abortion rights might seem to be safe in the state. But what would happen if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortion legal across the country in 1973? Abortion-rights supporters worry that an Illinois statute from 1975 could act as a “trigger law,” automatically banning abortions in the state.


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