Section of Green Street in Champaign under construction for the MCORE Project.

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News Local/State - June 30, 2017

Delay On State Budget Delays Road Projects In C-U

Work on two federally funded road construction projects in Champaign-Urbana will have to halt --- unless state lawmakers and the governor act quickly this weekend to pass a budget to authorize the state to spend the money on the projects in the new fiscal year.

Piggy bank with Illinois state bird and flower

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News Local/State - June 30, 2017

Illinois Misses Deadline To Pass Budget, Consequences Hover

A $36.5 billion plan to rebuild Illinois' crumbling finances passed a critical test on Friday, but a powerful legislative leader said no deal would be reached before a midnight deadline — meaning Illinois will enter its third consecutive fiscal year without a budget.

And it means entering dangerous territory: The state comptroller will be unable to cover basic services ordered by courts, road construction and Powerball ticket sales could halt, and the state's credit rating could be downgraded to "junk."

Marchers head toward the Krannert Center in Urbana Thursday night for a concert for missing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang.

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News Local/State - June 29, 2017

March And Concert Keep Focus On Search For Missing Chinese Scholar

While the search for missing University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang closes its third week, University of Illinois officials say about 350 people marched through campus Thursday night and gathered for a concert by a group of Chinese students.

Several Democratic Senators, including Kwame Raoul of Chicago, were waiting to hug Republican Leader Christine Radogno after the news conference where she discuussed her resignation.

Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois

News Local/State - June 29, 2017

Illinois Senate’s Top Republican To Resign

As Illinois’ top political leaders struggle to end a two year budget standoff, one of them has announced she’s resigning. Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno is stepping down effective Saturday.

Senate President John Cullerton, Gov. Bruce Rauner, and House Speaker Michael Madigan are pictured in file photos.

Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois

The 21st Show - June 29, 2017

Illinois’ Third Year Without a Budget Looms Ahead; Airport Security; Levee Dispute; Sports Update

On today's 21st: Illinois is getting national attention today because if lawmakers do not reach an agreement by tomorrow, the state enters an unprecedented third year without a budget. Plus, we look at the Trump administration's announcement that airlines need to step up security, Illinois and Missouri's dispute over a levee, and WBEZ's Cheryl Raye Stout gives an update on Chicago sports.

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