L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois
May 19, 2017

Mass Transit Use Correlates With Obesity Rates

Riding the bus could help you lose weight, or at least that's what some of the data shows. University of Illinois professor of computer science Sheldon Jacobson pulled publicly available county health and transportation records to see if there was a correlation between mass transit use and obesity.


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Illinois High School Association
May 19, 2017

IHSA Wins Illinois Supreme Court FOIA Case

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday the Illinois High School Association, which organizes sports tournaments between high schools, does not have to release internal records. The Better Government Association brought the suit.


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.


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