Ray LaHood being sworn in as Transportation Secretary January 23, 2009

(AP Photo/Transportation Department)

October 26, 2015 - Longer Listen

LaHood: Bipartisanship Needed To Solve Big Problems

Former Republican Congressman and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is pushing for more bipartisanship in Washington, D.C.  He spoke with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline about the need for bipartisanship and other national topics.

A Cubs fan leaves Wrigley Field after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the New York Mets 8-3 Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago.

David Goldman/AP

October 25, 2015 - News Local/State

A Cub Fan’s Post-Mortem

Days after the Chicago Cubs' quick exit from the National League Championship Series at the hands of the New York Mets, Brett Taylor of the Cubs website Bleacher Nation puts the Cubs' 2015 season in perspective with fellow Cub fan Jeff Bossert.

Members of the public attending a Champaign County Board meeting to talk about a proposed Racial Justice Task Force.

Video Screenshot/Champaign County Clerk

October 23, 2015 - News Local/State

Formation Of Racial Justice Task Force Up To County Board Chair

Champaign County Board Chair Pattsi Petrie says she hopes to find 21 people to serve on a new Racial Justice Task Force, to study racial disparities in the county's jail population and justice system.

Entrance to the University of Illinois' Urbana campus

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October 23, 2015 - News Local/State

University Presidents Meet Privately With Gov. Rauner

Presidents of Illinois' nine public universities say going four months without money is putting their institutions "at the brink of serious operational damage."  On Thursday, some of them pleaded their case in private meetings with Governor Bruce Rauner.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act as Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Lady Bird Johnson, Muriel Humphrey, Sen. Edward (Ted) Kennedy, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and others look on.

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October 23, 2015 - Longer Listen

Tom Gjelten: U.S. Moving Toward ‘Nation of Nations’

NPR’s Tom Gjelten talked with Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort about how his new book, Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, chronicles not only how we’ve reached that point, but also tells the stories of some of those immigrants. 

Kenny Schlax delivers a pitch while Mark Neubauer looks on.

Dan Collins/Illinois Public Media

October 23, 2015 - News Local/State

Bohrs Win! Softball Team Snaps Three-Year Winless Streak

In August, we told you the story of The Wild Bohrs, a softball team made up of University of Illinois physics students and faculty.  They had never won a game in three years of competition.  That changed two weeks ago.

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks to lawmakers while on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday in Springfield. Democrats in the General Assembly continue attempts at flanking the Republican

Seth Perlman/AP

October 22, 2015 - News Local/State

Moody’s Downgrades Rating On Illinois Bonds, Second Downgrade This Week

For the second time this week, a credit rating agency has downgraded Illinois' bond rating over the state budget stalemate.  Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said the news means Governor Bruce Rauner should 'put aside his agenda that Democrats and Republicans alike oppose.'

In this Nov. 7, 2014, file photo, Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner, right, greets former Republican Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar in Springfield, Ill. Pressure is building for Republican Gov. Rauner and majority Democrats to end their months-long stalemate

Seth Perlman/AP

October 22, 2015 - News Local/State

Rauner Bites Back At Edgar, Thompson Critiques

On the state's 113th day without a budget, Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday sloughed off critical comments made by his a pair of his predecessors, former GOP governors Jim Edgar and James Thompson.

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