Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert

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April 26, 2017 - News Local/State

Illinois Board Terminates Hastert’s State Lawmaker Pension

An Illinois retirement board is terminating former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s state pension. He’d been collecting about $28-thousand a year for his service in the state legislature. The General Assembly Retirement System's board of trustees voted 5 to 2 Wednesday to end the pension.

The Illinois House floor.

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April 26, 2017 - News Local/State

House Democrats Pass Abortion Legislation

As women rallied at the Illinois Capitol Tuesday, the House passed a measure that would allow abortion to be covered by Medicaid and state-employee health insurance. If it also passes the Senate, it would be the first abortion legislation sent to the governor’s desk in 17 years.

Head shot of Joshua Johnson


April 26, 2017 - News Local/State

Meet 1A Host Joshua Johnson

WILL AM-580 is welcoming a new voice to our airwaves beginning Monday, May 1. The talk show 1A will air weekdays from 9-11am, just before Illinois Public Media's daily talk show “The 21st.”

Actor, comedian, and University of Illinois alumnus Nick Offerman announces on the U of I Facebook page that he'll be May 13 commencement speaker.

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April 25, 2017 - News Local/State

Actor, U Of I Alumnus Offerman To Give Commencement Speech

Actor and alumnus Nick Offerman will be the commencement speaker for the University of Illinois' Urbana campus on May 13. The selection was confirmed late Tuesday afternoon with a short video of Offerman posted to the U of I's Facebook page. In the video, Offerman took on the mannerisms of Ron Swanson, the character he played on the TV show "Parks and Recreation." 

103rd District State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana)

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April 25, 2017 - News Local/State

State Rep. Ammons Forms Committee For Possible Congressional Run

State Representative Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) says she’ll announce by late June if she’s running for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District in 2018. For now, she's formed an exploratory committee to help her decide whether to challenge Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville. She announced her possible run for Congress after Tuesday's women's march in downtown Springfield.

Brian Mackey

April 25, 2017 - The 21st Show

Women’s March At The State Capitol; Obama Speaks In Chicago; Nursing Shortage

On The 21st: We talked about why progressives went to the state capitol for a Women's March in Springfield. We also learned about what former President Obama said in his first public appearance since leaving office. Then, we talked about the nursing shortage in the U.S and what it could mean for our healthcare system.

A Warehouse Workers for Justice rally.

Warehouse Workers for Justice

April 25, 2017 - News Local/State

Illinois Issues: The Trouble With Temp Work

Legislation aims to improve working conditions for temporary workers as the need for them increases. There were more than 840,000 workers employed by staffing agencies in Illinois in 2015, according to the American Staffing Association.

Illustration of district drawing.

Rici Hoffarth/St. Louis Public Radio

April 25, 2017 - News Local/State

Illinois Democrats Guard District-Drawing Privileges

It's a sentiment shared by Democratic politicians and liberal pundits: disgust over how Republicans drew up favorable (for them) legislative districts after the 2010 Census. But one place Democrats aren't fighting is Illinois, where they could be seen as the bad guy, having drawn legislative boundaries in 2011 that put the GOP at a disadvantage.

DeParting Champaign City Council member Michael La Due.

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April 24, 2017 - News Local/State

La Due Looks Back On 32 Years On Champaign City Council

Champaign's longest-serving elected official, Michael La Due, is stepping down after 32 years on the Champaign City Council. He looks back on the changes Champaign has seen since he first took office in 1985.

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