Image of tornado hitting a structure Southwest of Homer.

Jeff Frame

News Local/State - March 06, 2017

National Weather Service Looking For Severe Weather Spotters

It’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois.  The state saw its first round of severe weather last week when tornadoes killed three people.  The National Weather Service is looking for severe weather spotters to help give people advance warning of severe weather.

President Donald Trump waves as he arrives at the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 5, 2017, from a trip to Florida.

Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press

News Local/State - March 06, 2017

Trump Signs New Order Blocking Arrivals From 6 Majority-Muslim Countries

President Donald Trump has signed a revised travel ban that temporarily halts entry to the U.S. for people from six Muslim-majority nations who are seeking new visas. It also suspends the country's refugee program. That's according to White House spokesman Michael Short, who says the signing was done privately. The new directive aims to address legal issues with the original order, which caused confusion at airports, sparked protests around the country and was ultimately blocked by federal courts.

Lake Erie

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News Local/State - March 06, 2017

Proposed EPA Budget Cuts 97% From Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Trump Administration could be proposing a 97 percent cut in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding when it unveils the federal budget later this month.  The initiative is one of many Environmental Protection Agency programs in jeopardy.

Illinois coach John Groce signals a play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.

Nati Harnik/Associated Press

News Local/State - March 04, 2017

Freeman’s 3-Pointer Lifts Rutgers Over Illinois

DeShawn Freeman scored 21 points and hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to lead Rutgers past Illinois 62-59 on Saturday. The Illini ended the regular season winning four out of five, but the loss may end its NCAA Tournament hopes and coach John Groce's tenure.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters after greeting veteran and participating in "Breakfast to Veterans for Veterans Day" Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Springfield.

Seth Perlman/Associated Press

News Local/State - March 03, 2017

Rauner Barred From Immediately Imposing Contract Terms

An Illinois appellate court has temporarily barred Gov. Bruce Rauner from imposing his contract terms on the state's largest public employee union. The 4th District Court of Appeals sided with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 on Friday.

Republican Mayoral candidate Rex Bradfield, during a March 2013 debate at the Champaign City Building.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - March 03, 2017

Republican Urbana Mayoral Candidate Bradfield Voted In Democratic Primary

Urbana’s Republican candidate for mayor says he made an honest mistake when he cast a ballot in this week’s Democratic Mayoral primary. Rex Bradfield says he thought signing the form provided by election judges on Tuesday only confirmed his identity, and not that he was affiliated with the Democratic Party. "It never occurred to me that I was putting myself in a position of perjuring myself," he said.

Renee Rosen, author of the new book Windy City Blues

Charles Osgood Photography and Penguin Random House

The 21st Show - March 03, 2017

A Story Of Chicago Blues; Leisure Book Recommendations

On the 21st: We learned more about the story of Chicago blues with Renee Rosen, author of Windy City Blues, a new historical novel about Chess Records. We' also spoke with Terry Chess, son of the late Phil Chess. We also continued our occasional series of conversations for people who are feeling overwhelmed with the recent barrage of breaking news by asking: What books can they turn to for escape? 

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