Desiree Griffiths, 31, of Miami, holds up a sign saying "Black Lives Matter", with the names of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two black men recently killed by police, during a protest Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Miami. People are protesting n

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

August 21, 2015 - News Local/State

What #BlackLivesMatter Means One Year Later

“Black Lives Matter has become something that’s very easy to identify, and I’m going to say it again, it’s more hashtag than reality," said Cha-Jua, "and if these kids think that they can tweet their damn way to freedom, then they are sorely misguided.”

Democrats rallied at the Illinois State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.

(Photo: Brian Mackey/WUIS)

August 21, 2015 - News Local/State

Democrats: United Against Rauner, Fighting Over Senate

What Democrats say they're organizing around — or more accurately against — is Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda." His wish list includes giving businesses a better shot at defending against lawsuits, making companies pay less to take care of injured workers, and limiting how many times people can run for election to the Illinois House and Senate.

Map of the Mahomet Aquifer

(Illinois State Water Survey)

August 20, 2015 - News Local/State

Proposal Adds Precautions for MGB Waste at Clinton Landfill

Under a proposed consent decree, local governments would refrain from efforts to force the Clinton Landfill to remove manufactured gas plant waste, but the landfill to beef up its safety precautions.

Suspect knocks over the 9-foot-tall menorah outside of Illini Chabad on Wednesday morning.

Courtesy of the U of I Police

August 20, 2015 - News Local/State

Campus Jewish Symbol Vandalized Again

University of Illinois police are searching for the person who knocked down a the giant decorative menorah outside of a Jewish cultural center on campus. As Hannah Meisel reports, it's the second time the menorah's been damaged this year

Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and Gov. Bruce Rauner take the stage on their first Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair.

August 20, 2015 - News Local/State

Republicans Relish Governor’s Day As Rauner Hit With Setback

Rauner didn't miss the opportunity to make a grand entrance to his first Governor's Day at the fairgrounds, riding in on his black Harley -- decked in his state fair uniform of Wranglers, black cowboy boots, and a plaid shirt -- took off his helmet, and greeted some fans who'd been waiting for his arrival.

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen

(Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting)

August 19, 2015 - News Local/State

U of I Pres. Killeen Talks About Email Disclosures, New Med School, State Budget & Strategic Vision

After his first three months as University of Illinois President, Timothy Killeen says work in proceeding well on a new "strategic vision" for the university, despite a series of controversies. But he says the university could face serious problems, if the state budget impasse continues into the fall.

The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield


August 19, 2015 - News Local/State

State Senate Overrides Rauner Veto of Contract Arbitration Bill

Despite intense lobbying by Governor Bruce Rauner, the Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to override his veto of union-backed legislation. The legislation would send intractable contract disputes between the governor and labor unions to arbitration.

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., speaks to Illinois Republican Senate leader Christine Radogno in Chicago.

(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

August 19, 2015 - News Local/State

Senator Kirk A No-Show At State Fair

Illinois Republicans want to make sure Mark Kirk is re-elected to the U.S. Senate - in one of the most-watched races in the country.  But Kirk is absent from the traditional start of the campaign season--political days at the Illinois State Fair.

Dr. Elizabeth Powers

University of Illinois

August 19, 2015 - News Local/State

Budget Impasse Affects Child Care Assistance Program

With no state budget in place, the Illinois Department of Human Services has implemented changes to the Child Care Assistance Program that drastically reduce eligibility for the program.

 In this Dec. 7, 2011 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, speaks to reporters as his wife, Patti, listens at the federal building in Chicago, after Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years on 18 corruption counts.

(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

August 19, 2015 - News Local/State

Full Court Won’t Rehear Blagojevich Appeal

The imprisoned Democratic former governor had hoped the full court in Chicago might overturn more of his 18 convictions than the five counts a three-judge panel tossed in July.

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