State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill)
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May 17, 2017

IL Senate Passes Democrats’ School Funding Reform Bill, While GOP Cries Foul

The Illinois Senate approved legislation Wednesday aimed at eliminating the disparity in spending between affluent school districts and those serving poorer communities. Senate Bill 1 is sponsored by Democratic State Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill, who has tried several times to get education funding reform through the legislature.

Illinois Senate chamber.
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May 17, 2017

State Senate Begins Voting On ‘Grand Bargain’

There were mixed results Wednesday in Springfield, when Illinois Senate Democrats went ahead with voting on the so-called “grand bargain”. It's been widely seen as the best hope for ending Illinois' nearly two-year budget stalemate. 

David Mercer/Illinois Public Media
May 17, 2017

Ameren Experiments With Microgrid In Champaign

Since December, Ameren Corporation has been operating a small, independent power grid on the south side of Champaign that uses solar panels, a wind turbine and two natural gas-powered generators to power more than 190 homes in the area.

Medical cannabis related products are sold at a Medical Cannabis Outreach clinic in Shelbyville on April 29.
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May 17, 2017

Mobile Clinics Connect Hopeful Marijuana Patients With Doctors

Medical marijuana has now been available in Illinois for about 18 months. But many around the state, particularly in Southern Illinois, say they can't find a doctor in their area to help them. A few groups have found a way to change that — they're now bringing doctors directly to the patients with qualifying conditions. More than 30 hopeful patients registered for a recent clinic in Shelbyvlle, held by Medical Cannabis Outreach.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin speaks with reporters in his Capitol office on May 31, 2015.
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May 17, 2017

Pension Bill In House Faces Obstacles

Illinois house leaders of both parties have introduced legislation to change the state’s public pension systems. But as Tom Lisi reports, some constitutional lawyers say it has little chance of getting through the Illinois Supreme Court.

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