Water tower on the Eastern Illinois University campus

Hannah Meisel/ Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - October 27, 2015

Moody’s Downgrades Rating For 6 Illinois Universities, Including EIU

The downgrades from Moody's Investors Services did not downgrade the University of Illinois or Illinois State University, but like the other schools, they were given "negative" outlooks.  Illinois is about to enter its fifth month with no state budget.

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

(AP Photo/Transportation Department)

Longer Listen - October 26, 2015

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

News Local/State - October 25, 2015

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

News Local/State - October 23, 2015

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

Wikimedia Commons

News Local/State - October 23, 2015

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.

Public Domain

Longer Listen - October 23, 2015

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

News Local/State - October 23, 2015

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.

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