Graphic from IL Dept. of Revenue showing tax credits available for private school scholarship donations in each region of the state.

Illinois Dept. of Revenue

News Local/State - January 04, 2018

Private Schools Attract $36 Million Via Tax Credit Program

Beginning this week, people and corporations donating up to $1.3 million for private school scholarships can get a 75 percent credit toward their state income tax. This was a controversial but bipartisan concept, adopted last summer to help forge a compromise in a big overhaul of Illinois' school funding plan. Such programs have taken off in other states, but it’s off to a slower start here.

US Rep. Rodney Davis.

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News Local/State - January 04, 2018

Davis Bill To Help Rural IL With FEMA Disaster Aid Sees Progress

For years, Illinois 13th District Congressman Rodney Davis has been trying to get legislation passed that give local governments in rural Illinois a better shot at disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. Now, the Taylorville Republican says he may finally have his chance. 

Minnesota's Jordan Murphy dunks against Illinois' in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Minneapolis.

Jim Mone/AP

News Local/State - January 04, 2018

Illini Men Lose On The Road To Minnesota, 77-67

The Illini men saw another terrible start, another impressive comeback, and another Big Ten loss Wednesday night in Minneapolis. Minnesota's Golden Gophers jumped out to a 17-2 lead and won 77-67.

Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media

The 21st Show - January 03, 2018

Why It’s So Cold Outside; Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak At State Veterans’ Home; Illinois Politics

On the 21st: What's causing the freezing cold temperatures outside - and how can you find the right clothes to stay warm? Plus, we speak to two WBEZ reporters about their investigation into an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at a state veterans' home in Quincy, where 13 residents have died since 2015. And, we'll take a look ahead at what's to come in Illinois political news this year.

President Abraham Lincoln

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The 21st Show - January 02, 2018

Revisiting President Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

On this encore edition of the 21st: We revisit our conversation from last February, when Illinois celebrated President Abraham Lincoln’s 208th birthday. We talked to people who have made it their life’s work to present Abraham Lincoln in classrooms, at libraries, on stage, even at birthday parties. Plus, we spoke with food historian Rae Eighmey about her book, “Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln’s Life and Times.”

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