Central Illinois farmers harvest corn.

Darrell Hoemann / Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

News Local/State - May 31, 2016

Farm Income Down, Crop Insurance Costs Up

Farm income is expected to drop for the third straight year, according to projections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Fortunately for farmers, there’s insurance for that.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton

Amanda Vinicky / John Cullerton

News Local/State - May 31, 2016

Illinois May Be Set To Repeat Budget-Less Year

Illinois could be heading into a second year without a budget. Lawmakers are beginning their final day of the regularly-scheduled spring session without a deal.

Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, center, listens to House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks to lawmakers at the state Capitol on Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Springfield.

Seth Perlman/Associated Press

News Local/State - May 30, 2016

Rauner, Lawmakers Remain Deadlocked On Budget; Time Is Short

Lawmakers were working Memorial Day and legislative leaders were meeting with Rauner in the afternoon, but the chances for an agreement are becoming slimmer by the hour.  On Sunday, Gov. Bruce Rauner vowed to veto the spending plan approved by House Democrats last week.

third grader Alannah Lowery shows some of the artwork she created as part of the 21st Century program

Rachel Otwell/WUIS

News Local/State - May 28, 2016

After School Program Supplements Art Education & More

Often times kids need a place to go after school lets out, especially in places like the east side of Springfield - where Feithsans Elementary School is located. About 90% of the kids who attend come from low-income families, though many parents work long hours to make ends meet. That's where the 21st Century program comes into play - it's a joint effort of District 186 and the Springfield Urban League - and relies heavily on the time and talents of volunteers.

n this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, lead grower Dave Wilson cares for marijuana plants at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill.

Seth Perlman/Associated Press

News Local/State - May 27, 2016

Rauner Reverses Course On Medical Marijuana, Backs Expansion

There's an agreement in place between Gov. Bruce Rauner to extend Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program.  Legislation filed Friday would extend the program to July 2020, and add two more qualifying conditions - post-traumatic stress disorder and terminal illness.  The measure still requires a vote by lawmakers.

Dick Van Dyke attends the 29th Annual Gypsy Awards Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, April 24, in Beverly Hills.

John Salangsang/Invision/Associated Press

News Local/State - May 27, 2016

Dick Van Dyke Officially Returning Home Next Month

The 90-year old actor's return to Danville will include fundraising events to preserve his childhood home.  Public events will include a tribute at Danville High School, following by a reception at Harrison Park. "Through all my 90 years, I've remained, in my heart, the same Midwestern nerd you knew so long ago," Van Dyke said in a statement released by Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.

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