Champaign County seal, displayed in the Champaign County Boardroom.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
July 28, 2017

Champaign County Officials: Don’t Lay Off Staff To Fund Nursing Home

Champaign County public officials want the County Board to sell the county nursing home soon so other county services can continue without staff layoffs. All nine county-wide elected officials jointly signed a statement Thursday calling on the Champaign County Board to sell the nursing home “as soon as practicable to a reasonable buyer.” 


Reince Priebus
Andrew Hamik/AP
July 28, 2017

Trump Chief Of Staff Priebus Is Out — In Biggest White House Staff Shake-Up Yet

He rose from relative state-party obscurity and reached an unlikely pinnacle as the man responsible for the agenda of the president of the United States. Now, Reince Priebus is out of that job as White House chief of staff in the most significant shake-up of the rocky Trump presidency. President Trump announced on Twitter on Friday that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has been named as Priebus' replacement.


Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles, speaks at a news conference accompanied by Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, right, and Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Springfield, Ill.
John O'Connor/AP
July 28, 2017

Barickman Walks Back Comments On SB1 Negotiations

State Senator Jason Barickman is walking back comments he made in a press conference Thursday regarding negotiations over Senate Bill 1, the K-12 school funding bill.


A diagram showing staffers how to build their own school funding simulations.
Dusty Rhodes/NPR Illinois
July 27, 2017

ISBE Supplied Staffers DIY School Funding Simulator

Gov. Bruce Rauner has launched a website to show that most school districts stand to gain more state funding under his plan than under the Democrats' plan. How he calculated those numbers is a question reporters have asked repeatedly. We turned to the state board of education for answers.


Nurse "Bizz" Grimes tries to nail out prior authorization snags for pregnant mothers. "This has become a battle, and I'm going to win."
Emily Forman/Side Effects Public Media
July 27, 2017

Moms-To-Be With Addiction Face Obstacles At Every Turn

Nurse Catherine “Bizz” Grimes moves like her name sounds: at a frenetic pace. She darts across the hall from the prenatal diagnosis clinic at Indiana University Health University Hospital in Indianapolis, sits down at her cubicle, puts on her headset over curly white blonde hair and starts dialing.


St. Rep. Will Davis (D-Homewood).
Daisy Contreras/NPRIllinois
July 26, 2017

School Funding Special Session Keeps Legislators & Gov. At Odds

After the first day of a special session on education, Democratic lawmakers and the Republican Governor Bruce Rauner appear no closer to resolving the dispute that could hold up money for school districts. Rauner continues to demand Democrats send him the funding plan so he can change it and remove additional money for Chicago teacher pensions.


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