Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek speaks during a news conference Wednesday, at Des Moines police headquarters.

Scott McFetridge / AP

November 02, 2016 - News Local/State

2 Iowa Police Officers Killed In Apparent ‘Ambush-Style’ Attacks

A suspect is being sought in the killing of two police officers in the Des Moines, Iowa, area. The two officers were shot and killed early Wednesday as they sat in their squad cars.

"The shootings appear to have been ambush-style attacks," police spokesman Paul Parizek said in a statement.

A student enters a portable classroom outside of Centennial High School.

Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media

November 02, 2016 - News Local/State

Unit 4 Officials Hope 3rd Time Is The Charm For Bond Referendum

A bond referendum to fund school construction is back on the ballot in the Champaign Unit Four school district this election season. This third version of the proposal is bigger than previous ones. Plus, there’s a big change of address for the most controversial project.

Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell watches his grand slam against the Cleveland Indians during the third inning of Game 6 of the World Series Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Cleveland.

Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

November 02, 2016 - News Local/State

Cubs Top Indians 9-3, Force Seventh And Deciding Game

The Chicago Cubs have closed out a 9-3 victory over the Indians to force the World Series to Game 7 on Wednesday night in Cleveland. Addison Russell hit a grand slam, Anthony Rizzo had a two-run shot, and Kris Bryant had four hits as the Cubs tied the series with the Cleveland Indians at three games apiece. 

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November 01, 2016 - The 21st Show

New Book About Al Capone; Cook County Increases Minimum Wage

On the 21st: We talked with author Deirdre Bair about her new book that takes a closer look at Al Capone's life. Plus, Cook County plans to gradually increase its minimum wage to $13 an hour by July 2020. We spoke about how that's affecting workers, especially in surrounding areas.

Justice Lloyd Karmeier is congratulated by fellow Illinois Supreme Court Justices after being sworn in as the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Springfield

Seth Perlman/Associated Press

November 01, 2016 - News Local/State

Karmeier Sworn In As Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier has been sworn in as the 120th chief justice of the state's highest court in a ceremony in Springfield. The 76-year-old Karmeier was sworn in Monday by Justice Rita Garman, who served three years as chief justice. In remarks, Karmeier thanked his colleges for their support, adding that they "hold a special place" in his heart.

Two yard signs in Urbana show opposition for proposed sales tax increase for facilities projects.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

November 01, 2016 - News Local/State

Champaign County Voters Have Three Referenda On November Ballot

Voters in Champaign County have three countywide referenda on the ballot this year.  Two of them are dueling proposals about whether to elect a countywide board chair or executive.  The third would raise the county’s sales tax one quarter of a percentage point for a period of twelve years, with the revenue slated to go toward facilities projects, including an expanded county jail at the satellite location in east Urbana.


November 01, 2016 - News Local/State

Food Stamps Saved, But The Next Clock’s Already Ticking

Illinois has taken steps to prevent 260,000 residents from losing government food assistance. That gives the state a year to prepare these individuals for the job market.

Under federal law, poor people without kids or significant health problems are cut off from food stamps; they're limited to three months of eligibility in three years' time.

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