Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich speaking to reporters in 2012

(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

News Local/State - August 22, 2015

Blagojevich Asks For More Time To Appeal To Supreme Court

Rod Blagojevich's attorneys want an appellate court to give them 90 days to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the imprisoned former governor's appeal of his corruption convictions.

John Groce

(Bradley Leeb/AP)

News Local/State - August 22, 2015

Darius Paul Kicked Off Illini Basketball Team

Illinois forward Darius Paul has been kicked off the team following his arrest last week during a team trip to France. Coach John Groce announced the move in a written statement Friday.

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)

News Local/State - August 21, 2015

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)

News Local/State - August 21, 2015

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)

News Local/State - August 20, 2015

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

News Local/State - August 20, 2015

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.

News Local/State - August 20, 2015

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)

News Local/State - August 19, 2015

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


News Local/State - August 19, 2015

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)

News Local/State - August 19, 2015

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.

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