Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' health care bill on Thursday.

J. Scott Applewhite/AP

News Local/State - June 25, 2017

CHART: Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare. The long-awaited plan marks a big step toward achieving one of the Republican Party's major goals.

A barn with an American flag painted on the side sits on High Cross Road east of Urbana, Ill., in Champaign County.

Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

News Local/State - June 25, 2017

Foreign Investment In U.S. Farmland On The Rise

In 2013, the Chinese firm Shuanghui acquired more than 146,000 acres of farmland across the United States, worth more than $500 million, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. The deal made Shuanghui, now the WH Group Limited, into one of the biggest foreign owners of U.S. agricultural land, according to an analysis of that same data.

Newly appointed Illinois DCFS director Bevery "BJ" Walker.

Beverly Walker / LinkedIn

News Local/State - June 24, 2017

Rauner Names New Director Of Illinois Child Welfare Agency

Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed former Georgia Human Resources Commissioner Beverly "BJ" Walker to be the new director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Flickr/Adam Jones/

News Local/State - June 23, 2017

U of I Studying Feasibility Of Adding Ice Hockey, NHL Picking Up The Tab

The National Hockey League and NHL Players Association said Friday that they are financing a study on the feasibility of adding men’s and women’s ice hockey teams at the University of Illinois. The school's athletic director likes the idea, but says financial questions must be answered.

Jack Gilbert's new book "Dirt Is Good."

St. Martin's Press

The 21st Show - June 23, 2017

Jack Gilbert on Germs, Bacteria, Health; The Slants Win Supreme Court Decision

On the 21st: Do you ever wonder if dirt really is good for kids? We speak about how our gut and other bacteria affect our health with an expert in microbial biology. Plus, a Supreme Court decision this week on free speech involves the Asian-American band The Slants. Bassist and founder Simon Tam joined us to share what his decade-long fight means for free speech and the Asian American community.

Panel at the Illinois Issues budget forum in Champaign.

Dina Anderson/NPR Illinois

News Local/State - June 22, 2017

In Call With Alumni, Killeen Urges Calls To Legislators, Governor

In a 50-minute conference call with alumni, University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen said the best thing alumni can do to help end the state's budget impasse is to call their legislators and the governor.

Alma Mater Statue

University of Illinois Public Affairs

News Local/State - June 22, 2017

No Budget Means Construction Will Stop On New Lab At University Of Illinois

The Illinois Capital Development Board has ordered construction stopped by June 30 on a number of projects around the state because of the lack of a state budget. You can add an agriculture lab at the University of Illinois to the list, and there are multiple costs possible over the delay, officials say.

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