U-S Rep. Rodney Davis tours the HL Precision Manufacturing plant in Champaign.

Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - October 02, 2015

Davis Tours Champaign Manufacturer To Showcase Job Training Bills

U-S Rep. Rodney Davis toured the HL Precision Manufacturing plant in Champaign to showcase legislation he's sponsoring in the House to encourage job training for the manufacturing sector.

The reflection of a sculpture highlights the closing notice on the front door of the Illinois State Museum, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Springfield.

Seth Perlman/AP

News Local/State - October 02, 2015

Rauner: Budget Standoff ‘Could Go On For A While’

As Illinois enters a second quarter without a budget in place, Governor Bruce Rauner put the blame on legislators.  He made the remarks Friday following a manufacturing event in Effingham.

News Local/State - October 02, 2015

Vintage Vinyl Sale Saturday

All proceeds from the Vintage Vinyl sale benefit WILL's Illinois Radio Reader program.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline talked with Illinois Radio Reader Coordinator Kathie Spegal about the sale and how it will help the Illinois Radio Reader program.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addresses media at the U of I on Wednesday, September 16.

Hannah Meisel/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - October 02, 2015

Education Secretary Duncan Stepping Down, Returning To Chicago

A letter detailing Duncan's plans was obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by a White House official.  The education secretary recently visited the U of I's Urbana campus. 

Celtic Woman, Left to Right: Éabha McMahon, Susan McFadden, Máiréad Carlin, Máiréad Nesbitt

Kip Carroll

Longer Listen - October 02, 2015

Máiréad Nesbitt Of Celtic Woman: Last Ten Years Have Been A ‘Wonderful Journey’

Máiréad Nesbitt is the only original member of the Irish group Celtic Woman, which started as a one-off PBS special over ten years ago. In anticipation of their appearance at the Virginia Theater this weekend, Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort talked with Nesbit about the last ten years and what she and the rest of Celtic Woman have in the works. 

graph showing Flash Index readings over the past three years.

U of I Institute of Govt. & Public Affairs

News Local/State - October 01, 2015

Index of Illinois Economy Falls Half A Point In September

The Flash Index dropped from an August 2015 reading of 106.5 to 106.0 in September, the lowest reading since August, 2014, but still an indicator of steady economic growth in Illinois.

In this April 28, 2014 photo, Students walk past the Alma Mater statue, a landmark on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana.

David Mercer/AP

News Local/State - October 01, 2015

University Presidents Seek Meeting With Governor Over Stalemate

The presidents of Illinois' nine public universities have written a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders, urging an end to the impasse.  In a mass e-mail, U of I President Timothy Killeen called operating without a critical source of funding 'unsustainable.'

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