Students Kate Shulenberger (left) and Sarah Goodman on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Graduate Student Council plan a "call your congressman" event on campus.
Chris Arnold/NPR
November 15, 2017

Grad Students Would Be Hit By Massive Tax Hike Under House GOP Plan

There are a lot of anxious graduate students at universities around the country right now. That's because to help pay for more than $1 trillion in tax cuts for U.S. corporations, the House Republican tax plan would raise taxes on grad students in a very big way. These students make very little money to begin with. And many would have to pay about half of their modest student stipends in taxes.


Campaign signs lined  up outside the entrance to the Champaign County Clerk's office in Urbana.
Travis Stansel / Illinois Public Media
November 13, 2017

Debate Over Crosscheck Voter Data Program Reaches Into Illinois

Federal election law requires states to keep accurate and up-to-date voter registration rolls. But one tool to help them do so is at the center of a partisan debate. In Illinois, many Democrats are calling on the state Board of Elections to stop participation in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, or Crosscheck, for short.


Female State Senators at Press Conference Announcing Creation of Women's Caucus.
Jaclyn Driscoll/NPR Illinois
November 10, 2017

Women’s Caucus Created By State Senators

Women in the Illinois Senate plan to advance their voices in leadership with the creation of their own caucus. Women on both sides of the aisle say they’ve had a significant role in crafting policy, but may not always get the credit they deserve. 


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