In this March 4, 2015 file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at an event in Springfield.

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

May 27, 2015 - News Local/State

Senate Panel Rejects Rauner Worker’s Comp Proposal

The Illinois Senate began taking up parts of Governor Bruce Rauner’s pro-business agenda Wednesday.  Democrats voted along party lines to defeat a workers compensation proposal.


Mike Madigan

May 27, 2015 - News Local/State

House Passes Portions of Budget

The Democrats' budget includes funding many programs the governor planned to cut, even though Illinois is short about $3 billion to pay for all of that spending.


Dave Benton (2nd from left) with WCIA staff in an evening broadcast in 2014, along with sports anchor Aaron Bennett (L), anchor Jennifer Roscoe, and meterologist Derick Fabert.

May 26, 2015 - News Local/State

Champaign News Anchor Dave Benton Passes Away

Benton, who has been with WCIA-TV in Champaign since 2005, had battled brain cancer for about 18 months. He only made the decision to step down from the anchor desk last month, saying the tumor affected his ability to deliver the news.   Benton was 52.


Exelon's Clinton nuclear power station.

(Wikimedia Commons)

May 26, 2015 - News Local/State

Legislation To Help Exelon’s Nuclear Power Plants To Be Delayed: House Energy Comm. Chair

Legislation to help Exelon with the Clinton nuclear power plant and two others it says are losing money, apparently will not be passed during the Illinois General Assembly's spring session. House Energy Committee Chair Linda Chapa LaVia says she wants to combine the legislation with two other energy-related bills, which would take more time.


House Speaker Michael Madigan talks to lawmakers in Springfield December 3.

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

May 26, 2015 - News Local/State

Democrats Flying Solo On New State Budget

The Republican governor is already expressing his frustration. The issue is, Illinois' income tax rate has dropped, so the state's missing out on billions of dollars. Gov. Bruce Rauner had proposed massive cuts to make up for it.


Members of the Illinois baseball team cheer as they learn about their No. 6 national seed in the NCAA Baseball Tournament at Billy Barooz in Champaign Monday.

(Darrell Hoemann /Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.)

May 25, 2015 - News Local/State

Illini Secure National Seed, Prepare To Host Regional

The Illinois baseball team is a national seed for the first time, meaning they'll host a Super Regional June 5-8 if they can win the first NCAA Regional this weekend at Illinois Field.  Ohio, Notre Dame, and Wright State will also play at Illinois Field May 29-31.


Illinois pitcher John Kravetz pitches to Michigan State in the first inning of Friday's third-round Big Ten tournament baseball game, which Illinois won, 2-0.

May 24, 2015 - News Local/State

Champaign Chosen To Host NCAA Regional

The Illinois baseball team will continue postseason play at their own ballpark next weekend, hosting their first ever NCAA regional.  The Illini have been announced as one of 16 teams that will host games at Illinois Field during the national championship tournament’s opening round.


Illinois outfielder Will Krug bats against Michigan during the eighth inning of Saturday's fourth-round NCAA Big Ten Tournament 5-3 loss to Michigan.

(AP Photo/ Hannah Foslien)

May 23, 2015 - News Local/State

Michigan Knocks Illini From Big Ten Tournament

The Illinois baseball team now looks to the NCAA regionals after Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Wolverines knocks them from the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis. 


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