Champaign County LIHEAP Program Manager Dawn Rear.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
August 31, 2017

Illinois LIHEAP Program Starting One Month Later This Year

The people who run LIHEAP for Champaign County plan to come to work early on the morning of Friday, September 1st, to greet first-day applicants for the program that helps low-income households with their home heating bills. But all they can tell applicants is: come back in thirty days.

YouthBuild Rockford 2017 graduates
YouthBuild Rockford Facebook page
August 30, 2017

YouthBuild Illinois Receives Federal Funding For At-Risk Youth; Women Of Color In Science

On the 21st: A new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor is sending millions of dollars to Illinois to strengthen job programs for at-risk youth. We speak with Sen. Dick Durbin about the importance of these kinds of job programs and check in with two of the organizations that have received funding. Plus, we talked to one of the authors of a new research study revealing how women of color in the field of astronomy face higher levels of harassment and hostile workplace experiences.

A jar full of change.
Carter Staley/NPR Illinois
July 19, 2017

State Budget Boosts MAP

The new state budget will fund Illinois colleges and universities at the level of funding they received in 2015 — minus 10 percent. But there’s one area of higher education that got a boost.  

A 1040 Federal income tax form.
July 17, 2017

Tax Break For Lower Income Earners In State Budget Package

A tax increase is not the only change coming for some Illinois residents as the new budget package is rolled out.  The General Assembly approved a tax package earlier this month that raises the income tax rates for both businesses and individuals.  But it also comes with an increase to the state’s earned income credit.  

Reporters for NPR and NPR member stations across the country have delved into geographic and demographic impacts of GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Alyson Hurt/NPR
July 10, 2017

FAQ: How Would The Republican Health Care Bills Affect You?

When covering the GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, we tend to focus on the big picture: billions of cuts in Medicaid spending, say, or millions fewer people with health coverage.

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