The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

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May 16, 2015

Illinois Lawmakers Split Over Property Taxes

Politicians say one of the most common complaints they hear about is high property taxes. The Illinois House has advanced a measure that'd put a hold on them. But it's unlikely the measure will ever become law.


Incoming University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen talks with WILL's Jim Meadows on Thursday May 14, 2015.

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May 16, 2015

Timothy Killeen Prepares To Step Into Job As U of I President

Incoming University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen will assume office on Monday, May 18. He succeeds Robert Easter, who's served as the top administrator for the three campuses since 2012. He spoke with WILL's Jim Meadows about his vision for the future of the three campuses, his strategy for dealing with state budget cuts and the recent scandals at the U of I.


Ramogi Huma, President of the College Athletes Players Association

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May 15, 2015

Updated: A New Type of Student Union?

An encore presentation of Focus on WILL exploring the legal questions around student athletes unionizing. This episode of Focus was recorded in February of 2014. We are re-airing the discussion in light of the recent allegations made by former offensive lineman Simon  that he was misled him about the extent of his injuries. This show covers many of the issues connected to Cvijanovic case. 


In this March 4, 2015 file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at an event in Springfield, Ill. Democrats in the Illinois House voted down a plan similar to Gov. Rauner's proposal to allow local governments to permit workers to opt out of u

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May 15, 2015

House Turns Down Governor’s Right-To-Work Turnaround

Illinois Democrats have knocked one of the new Republican governor's top priorities down to an easy defeat. The Illinois House yesterday voted against Bruce Rauner's notion of local right-to-work zones. The issue is highly contentious on its own. But a broader division was also at play.Before we get to the right-to-work debate, it's important to rewind some.


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