An Amtrak train derailed south of Seattle and fell partly onto Interstate 5, where authorities initially reported "injuries and casualties."
Washington State Patrol via AP
December 18, 2017

Amtrak Train Derails On Overpass In Washington, Causing ‘Multiple Fatalities’

An Amtrak passenger train has derailed on an overpass in Washington state, falling partly onto an interstate freeway east of Olympia. The Pierce County sheriff's office has confirmed that "injuries and casualties" have been reported on site, where at least one train car is dangling onto the major roadway.


Sen. Tammy Duckworth, visiting the University of Illinois RailTEC Center in Champaign.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth's Office
December 15, 2017

Duckworth Talks Taxes, Spending, Quincy Veterans’ Home At Stop In Champaign

GOP leaders in Congress had not yet released the final version of their tax reform bill when Senator Tammy Duckworth made a stop in Champaign Friday. But the freshman Democrat said she didn’t see how Republicans would adjust the bill's main features that she opposes. 


The James R. Thompson Center in Chicago.
Robert Martinez/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
December 07, 2017

Bus Company Could Face Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars In Fines

The Illinois Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau is conducting an investigation into private bus company Suburban Express for possible violations of the Illinois Human Rights Act.


Flickr/Arvell Dorsey Jr./(CC BY 2.0)
October 05, 2017

Illinois Department of Transportation Patronage Hiring; Childcare At Co-Working Spaces

On this encore edition of The 21st: How top Democrats helped friends and relatives land jobs at the Illinois Department of Transportation during the administration of former Gov. Pat Quinn. Then, the challenges entrepreneurs face when it comes to balancing careers and kids - and how co-working spaces that provide childcare might offer some more flexibility.


A tractor in a corn field during harvest time.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
September 07, 2017

Crop Insurance; Teaching Science Through Bad Examples; Faster Trains; Climate Change And Flooding

On the 21st: How farmers use the federal crop insurance program to stay in business. Plus, University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum explained how even "bad science" from movies could be used to teach valuable lessons, and DePaul University's Joseph Schwieterman discussed new passenger trains that could slash commuting times. Also: a look at climate change, flooding and other severe weather.


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