Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters in Springfield, Ill. The Illinois House passed both a budget and an income-tax increase Sunday, but Gov. Bruce Rauner has promised to veto the tax-hike.

Seth Perlman/AP

The 21st Show - July 03, 2017

Illinois House Passes Budget, But Rauner Promises Veto; Book About The Human Body

On the 21st: Just enough Republicans in the House split with Gov. Bruce Rauner to push through a plan for state spending and tax hikes. But there’s no budget yet, and the governor promises a veto. We’ll get an update on the latest in the budget battle in Springfield, and what to watch for in the coming days.

Brendt Christensen

Macon County Jail

News Local/State - July 03, 2017

Suspect In Yingying Zhang Disappearance Faces Bond Hearing Wednesday

A hearing is scheduled Wednesday to determine whether the Champaign man charged with kidnapping in the disappearance of visiting University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang will be held without bond. Brendt Christensen made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Urbana on Monday.

Yingying Zhang

University of Illinois Police

News Local/State - July 03, 2017

Alleged Zhang Kidnapper Makes Court Appearance Monday

The man accused of kidnapping Yingying Zhang is scheduled to make his first appearance in federal court Monday morning. Brendt Christensen, 27, of Champaign was arrested Friday, three weeks after 26-year-old Zhang went missing.

House Speaker Michael Madigan, second from right, confers with aides while watching the end of the debate on legislation to raise Illinois' income tax rate.

Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois

News Local/State - July 03, 2017

In Bipartisan Vote, House Approves Tax Increase

The Illinois House has approved a 1.2 percentage-point increase in the state income tax. Last night, more than a dozen Republicans joined the majority Democrats to pass the legislation, despite the objections of Governor Bruce Rauner.

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