Tony Smith, Superintendent, Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois State Board of Education/Facebook
February 13, 2018

More Dollars Add Up To Less Trust

Now that it’s time to actually implement school funding reform, the honeymoon is over. The governor and lawmakers have moved on to squabbling over everything from the credit card balance to who forgot to put the lid on the toothpaste.


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan talks with Amanda Vinicky and WBBM;s Craig Dellimore.
Steve Brown/House Speaker Madigan's Office
February 12, 2018

Speaker Madigan Dismisses Long-Time Consultant On Harassment Charge

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has dismissed a long-time political consultant after an investigation found he sent inappropriate text messages to a colleague. Madigan identified the consultant as Kevin Quinn in a statement Monday.


Robin Linn/Illinois Public Media
February 12, 2018

The 21st In Springfield: Live From The Lincoln Presidential Museum

On The 21st: Our first show from our week in Springfield, broadcast from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. We talked with the museum's executive director about how they're celebrating Illinois' Bicentennial. Also, we learned more about the official bicentennial beer from Hand of Fate Brewing Company and heard music from the "Dulcimer Guy," Mike Anderson. Plus, we talk with the some of the participants in the museum's art contest. 


Leron Black connects on a three-pointer in a 74-52 loss to Penn State Sunday evening.
Rob McColley/for Illinois Public Media
February 12, 2018

Illini Men Blown Out By Penn State 74-52

The Illini men lost 74-52 to Penn State last night in Champaign. All five starters tallied double-figures for the Nittany Lions, led by Shep Garner with 16 points. Tony Carr added 15, and a game-high 6 assists.


USDA Graph of farm income.
Courtesy of US Dept. of Agr
February 12, 2018

2018 Forecast: US Farm Income To Sink To 12-Year Low

Farm income will likely drop nearly 7 percent from last year to $59.5 billion, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Wednesday. The drop is due to continued low prices for crops like corn and soybeans, as well as higher fuel and labor costs.


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