Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss
Seth Perlman/AP
June 06, 2017

State Sen. Daniel Biss Wants The Big Office At The Capitol

State Senator and Democratic candidate for governor Daniel Biss joined WBEZ's Morning Shift on Monday after the end of the Illinois legislature’s spring session, which again saw lawmakers unable to approve a budget. Biss talked about his approach to raising taxes, his relationship with House Speaker Michael Madigan, and more.


Stuart A. Wright
Chicago Police Department
June 06, 2017

Illinois Issues: Officials Wage War Against Hate

The General Assembly passed legislation aimed at strengthening hate crime laws after a post-presidental-campaign spike in bias incidents. Gov. Bruce Rauner and Attorney General Lisa Madigan each pushed a separate piece of hate crime legislation. Both sailed through the General Assembly.


Entrance to the McLean County Nursing Home in Normal.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
June 05, 2017

Some, Not All, County Nursing Homes In Illinois Are Thriving

Faced with mounting costs and voter rejection of a tax increase, the Champaign County Board is looking for a broker for the possible sale of its nursing home to a private operator. They wouldn’t be the first county in central Illinois to decide that that running a nursing home was no longer viable for them. But there are some nearby counties that are running nursing homes with little or no financial trouble.


People run down Borough High Street as police respond to what authorities are calling an act of terrorism late Saturday on London Bridge.
Dominic Lipinski
June 03, 2017

British Police Say 6 People Killed In London Bridge Terrorist Attacks

Police say six victims and three suspects are dead in the apparent terror attack in the heart of London. A vehicle veered off the road and mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge, and witnesses told of men with large knives stabbing passersby at nearby Borough Market.  


A variety of pills spilling out of a bottle.
Flickr/ep_jhu/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
June 03, 2017

Opioid Epidemic Hits Illinois Hardest In The Southern Region

A newspaper investigation shows that Illinois' 16 southernmost counties are hardest hit by the state's opioid epidemic.

Illinois Department of Public Health data show opioids contributed to nearly 1,200 overdose deaths in the state in 2016. Studies show the opioids' dangers stem from the length and strength of prescriptions.


'Morning Shift' host Tony Sarabia discusses a listener question with Gov. Bruce Rauner during 'Ask the Governor' on Feb. 10, 2017.
Gabrielle Wright/WBEZ
June 03, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner On Budget Impasse, Minimum Wage, And More

Staring down a litany of economic problems and a June 30 deadline to ensure schools will open in the fall, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner continued to blame Democratic legislative leaders Friday for the lack of a state budget deal, as the top Senate Democrat predicted the governor will be “toast” if he doesn’t do his part to end the stalemate.


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