Former FBI Director James Comey
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May 09, 2017

President Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey

The White House has fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections and possible ties to the Trump campaign and top aides.


A crowd rallies at the capitol to support House Bill 40 and related legislation.
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May 09, 2017

Illinois Issues: Legislative Checklist

The spring legislative session has been overshadowed by a 22-month stretch without a budget. Nevertheless, meaty legislation is being weighed. Those issues include abortion, wage theft, animal research and criminal justice.


Former governor Pat Quinn spoke to a crowd of supporters and dignitaries Monday after unveiling his portrait in the Illinois Capitol.
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May 09, 2017

Former Gov. Quinn Reveals Packed Portrait

Former governor Pat Quinn was back in the Illinois Statehouse Monday. The Democrat was there for a ceremony to unveil his official portrait in the Capitol’s Hall of Governors.   The 68-year-old Democrat who stepped into the job when his predecessor was ousted donated the first "interactive" portrait. It depicts Quinn in his "lucky" purple-striped tie. He stands in front of a background of 44 instances of people, issues and events from more than four decades in public service.


Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin, Andy Robinson of Unitarian Universalist Church, and Rev. Cindy Shepard of Faith in Place participate in Monday's ribbon cutting at the church.
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May 09, 2017

C-U Churches Benefit From Energy Legislation

Some Champaign-Urbana churches are installing solar panels with help from a new state law promoting carbon-free electricity. A ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday celebrated the installation of solar energy panels at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Urbana. The 81 panels are expected to provide nearly 70 percent of the church’s electricity needs.


U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin speaks with reporters outside his home in Springfield, Illinois on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
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May 08, 2017

Durbin On American Health Care Act: ‘I’m Now A Pre-Existing Condition’

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is putting his heart into attacking the Republican health care bill — literally. Durbin is citing his own recent cardiac procedure to point out what he and other Democrats say are flaws in the legislation. Speaking Sunday outside his Springfield home, Durbin says he “feel(s) recovered” and is returning to Washington Monday. There he plans to urge his Senate colleagues to reject the health care bill passed last week in the House.


The News-Gazette pressroom building in Champaign.
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May 08, 2017

Outsourcing Of Printing Marks News-Gazette’s Adjustment To Changing Media Landscape

Champaign-Urbana’s daily newspaper, the News-Gazette, will make a big change later this year, when it closes down its printing press in downtown Champaign, and outsources its printing work to Peoria.  The News-Gazette is just the latest daily newspaper to get out of the printing business, as it changes its identity from a newspaper company to a media company. 


University of Illinois at Springfield logo
University of Illinois at Springfield
May 08, 2017

U of Illinois-Springfield Professors’ Deal Ends Strike

University of Illinois-Springfield administrators and a union representing professors have reached a tentative contract agreement, ending a strike that started last week. The University of Illinois Springfield United Faculty union represents nearly 170 tenured and tenure-track faculty members. Representatives of the school and the union announced the deal Sunday.


Explosion and crash of the airship Hindenburg on May 6, 1937 at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
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May 06, 2017

80th Anniversary For Airship Disaster Immortalized By Chicago Reporter’s Recording

Saturday May 6 marked the 80th anniversary of an airship crash immortalized by the recorded description of a Chicago radio reporter. People gathered at the crash site in New Jersey Saturday evening to lay a wreath in memory of the 13 passengers, 22 aircrewmen and one person on the ground who were killed or later died from injuries suffered in the fiery crash of the German airship Hindenburg.


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