Microbiologist Mary-Dell Chilton founded Syngenta's biotechnology research labs in the 1980s.

(Photo: Syngenta)

June 04, 2015

Meet The Woman Who Pioneered GMO Research

At 76 years old, U of I graduate Mary-Dell Chilton is still working. The genetically-modified corn, soybeans and other crops that her research helped develop now grow on more than 170 million acres of U.S. farmland. Earlier this month, Chilton’s groundbreaking discoveries earned her a place in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.


Members of the Illinois assembly meet in the House chambers, at the state Capitol. Pieces of Illinois Democrats' proposed state budget are coming into focus as lawmakers begin advancing them in the Legislature ahead of a scheduled Sunday adjourn

(AP Photo/Sara Burnett)

June 03, 2015

What Does A Budget Shutdown Look Like?

Democrats did pass several spending bills before the end of the regular session, but the state doesn’t have the money to fully back them up. Rauner says he won’t consider new revenue until the General Assembly approves at least some of his business-friendly agenda.


Chicago Bulls new coach Fred Hoiberg, right, speaks as general manager Gar Forman listens during an NBA basketball news conference Tuesday.

(AP Photo/Christian K. Lee)

June 02, 2015

Chicago Bulls Introduce Fred Hoiberg As New Coach

The Chicago Bulls made it official Tuesday, hiring Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg to replace Tom Thibodeau.  Hoiberg was long rumored as the replacement for Thibodeau, who was fired last week after five seasons.


Gov. Bruce Rauner at a press conference on the final day of the legislature's session on Sunday.

(Photo: Brian Mackey)

June 02, 2015

Rauner, On The (Ad?) Attack

Rauner, a Republican, is in a battle of wills and political might with Democratic leadership: House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.  They're at odds over the budget, business practices, union rights and more, and it's been widely reported that Rauner is planning to once again win over the public using the strategy that helped him get elected, TV commercials.


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