Jason Barickman
Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media
June 17, 2017

Sen. Barickman On School Funding ‘Compromise’

Earlier this week, a group of Illinois Republicans announced a series of compromise measures they said could lead to a state budget. It includes a revised school funding plan, sponsored by State Senator Jason Barickman, of Bloomington.

Barickman calls his latest plan quote a huge step forward. It omits controversial language about collective bargaining, and on some areas, it duplicates the Democrats' plan, known as Senate Bill 1. But like Gov. Bruce Rauner and his education czar, Beth Purvis, Barickman still isn't happy with that plan.

Volunteers wrap gifts for the women and children of Courage Connection.
Darrell Hoemann / C-U Citizen Access
June 16, 2017

Champaign’s Courage Connection Turns To Donations To Keep Doors Open

A Champaign social service agency has turned to the community to keep it open while it waits for an end to the state budget crisis. Courage Connection works with domestic violence victims and the homeless. As part of its ongoing series on the effects of the budget situation, Illinois Public Media talked to Courage Connection’s Megan Wolf.

An artist's rendering of two black holes.
Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab
June 16, 2017

Black Holes Collide; University Layoffs; ‘A Selfish Plan To Save The World’

On the 21st: What happens when black holes collide? We get a down-to-earth explanation from Northwestern University researchers of some of the most violent and energetic processes in the universe. Plus, the state budget crisis has led to more than 2,000 jobs cut at public universities, and social entrepreneur Justin Dillon shares why he thinks everyone can make a difference.

In this Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters after meeting with legislative leaders during veto session in Springfield, Ill.
Seth Perlman/AP
June 16, 2017

Governor Rauner Calls Special Sessions To Work On Budget

Governor Bruce Rauner has called ten “special sessions” for the end of the month. He wants lawmakers to vote on the Republican budget plan unveiled Wednesday — a plan that also includes items on his political and economic wish list.

Trustee Robert Boey and NIU President Doug Baker
Jenna Dooley/WNIJ
June 16, 2017

NIU President Doug Baker Will Leave Office June 30

Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker will step down on June 30, the end of the current academic year. He made the announcement at the beginning of the NIU Board of Trustees meeting, which had scheduled a closed session on its agenda to review “Presidential Employment.”

Jeff Hulbert, of Annapolis, Md., epresses his opinion as residents of Alexandria, Va., leave a prayer service near the baseball field in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. A rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a con
Cliff Owen/AP
June 15, 2017

GOP Baseball Shooting: Where Do We Go From Here?; Lawsuits Over Budget Impasse; Weeds & Pets

On the 21st: Following Wednesday's shooting, members from both sides of the aisle have sent messages of support and have called for civility in this heated political climate. We spoke with current and former politicians and a communications expert about political rhetoric, bipartisanship and what this moment means for our country. We also got the latest on an appellate court hearing in southern Illinois over state worker pay and learn about plants that can be toxic to pets.

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