Cardinal Blase Cupich, Diana Rauner and Gov. Bruce Rauner at the Vatican in Rome.

Gov. Bruce Rauner Facebook Page

News Local/State - November 21, 2016

Gov. Rauner’s Roman Holiday

At least one Republican lawmaker complained that last week’s veto session ended after only two days. But GOP Governor Bruce Rauner wasn’t around for more budget meetings anyway. Instead, he was in Rome, along with his wife Diana and daughter Katherine. And Rauner wasn’t the only Illinois politician in Italy. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and State Senate President John Cullerton, a Democrat, were there too, all to witness Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich become a cardinal.

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith walks off the field after being defeated by Iowa 28-0 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.

Bradley Leeb/Associated Press

News Local/State - November 19, 2016

Illini Fall To Iowa, 28-0

On a 37-degree day when a stiff wind made it feel much colder, Iowa used LeShun Daniels Jr.'s 159 yards and two touchdowns and a punt-return score by Riley McCarron to shut down Illinois, 28-0, closing out the home portion of the season for the Illini, who fell to 3-8 overall, and 2-6 in the Big Ten.

Senator Dick Durban

News Local/State - November 19, 2016

Sen. Durbin Supports Campus Efforts To Protect Students From Deportation

With ongoing efforts at the University of Illinois and other colleges to declare themselves sanctuary campuses, US Senator Dick Durbin says he supports efforts to protect students who may have entered the country illegally or overstayed their visa – as long as they haven't committed a crime.

Security fences surround the Logan Correctional Center Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in Lincoln, Ill

Seth Perlman/Associated Press

News Local/State - November 18, 2016

Study: Illinois Women’s Prison Treats Inmates Too Harshly

A study finds that women prison inmates in Illinois are treated more harshly than men and spend more time behind bars than necessary. The federally funded review of the overcrowded Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln found inmates are called "crazy" and "worthless" by staff members. Meanwhile, the head of the Illinois Department of Corrections is adding training on effective communication with women inmates and dealing with those who are mentally ill.

Graphic showing photosynthesis research.

Julie McMahon/University of Illinois

News Local/State - November 18, 2016

Study: Enhanced Photosynthesis Increases Yield Up To 20 Percent

A solution to world hunger may come through increasing the efficiency of one of nature’s most basic functions: photosynthesis.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline discusses the research with U of I Crop Sciences professor Stephen Long.

Members of the Rantoul Park Board during their final meeting.

Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - November 18, 2016

Rantoul Park Bd Meets For Last Time, After Voters Approve Dissolution

The Rantoul Park Board met for the final time Thursday night.

The eleven-minute meeting at the Rantoul Business Center comes five days before the date on which the Champaign County Clerk is expected to certify results of a referendum dissolving the Rantoul Park District and leaving its assets to Rantoul village government. 

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