South Shore Hospital in Chicago.

NPR Illinois/Via Google Street

News Local/State - March 02, 2018

Federal Funding Plan for Illinois Hospitals OK’d by Legislature

llinois hospitals are one step closer to saving a program that generates a lot of money used to treat low-income patients. State lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a plan on Wednesday that revamps the so-called hospital assessment program.  

Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

Illinois Dept. of Vetrans Affairs

News Local/State - March 02, 2018

Rauner Names Coordinator Of Quincy Legionnaires’ Response

Governor Bruce Rauner has named Michael Hoffman as his new senior advisor to oversee the state’s response to the multiple outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease at the state-run veterans’ home in Quincy

The Joffrey Studio Company and Academy Trainees in the 8th Annual Winning Works program. Photo by Cheryl Mann

The 21st Show - March 02, 2018

Joffrey Ballet’s ‘Winning Works’ Showcase; Oscars Preview; Flooding In Freeport

On The 21st: The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago is showcasing work from choreographers at their 8th Annual 'Winning Works' competition. Plus, what to expect at this Sunday's Academy Awards. But first, we check in with the town of Freeport, which has been dealing with severe flooding over the past week. 

CUSO music director and conductor Stephen Alltop (second from right) on stage.

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra

News Local/State - March 02, 2018

Friday Concert, Saturday Reading Session For CUSO

It’s a busy weekend for the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra.  Friday night they have a concert at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana. Then Saturday, they welcome five finalists from the CUSO Overture Composition Competition to the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign for a reading session that’s open to the public starting at 10am.

Democratic candidates for governor at a forum hosted by WBEZ, POLITICO, and the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics.

Zane Maxwell/UChicago Institute of Politics

News Local/State - March 02, 2018

LISTEN: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

On behalf of partners, POLITICO, the University of Chicago’s non-partisan Institute of Politics, and WBEZ Chicago, WBEZ presented a live public forum Thursday evening featuring the 2018 Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidates discussing their respective visions for the future of our state.

Volunteers hand out snacks and information about alternatives to 'Unofficial' outside St. Andrew's Lutheran Campus Center on Wright Street.

Tim Gilmore/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - March 02, 2018

‘Unofficial’ Poses Challenge To Students Battling Addiction

Some University of Illinois students will be taking part in the "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day" drinking event Friday, but "Unofficial" can be a difficult time for those suffering from alcohol addiction.


Proponents of HB4341 testify at a hearing held by the Illinois House Mental Health Committee in Springfield on Thursday..

Jaclyn Driscoll/NPR Illinois

News Local/State - March 01, 2018

Dave Duerson Act Heads For Debate On IL House Floor

Legislation to ban organized tackle football for children under the age of 12 is headed to consideration before the full Illinois House. The House Mental Health Committee voted 11-9 Thursday to advance the legisation, which is named in memory of the late Chicago Bears football player Dave Duerson.

Flash Index

UI Institute for Government and Public Affairs

News Local/State - March 01, 2018

U of I Flash Index Shows Second Consecutive Monthly Increase

The University of Illinois’ Flash Index shows an Illinois economy that continues to hold its own, while still lagging behind the nation as a whole. The Flash Index for February measured the Illinois economy at 104.6, up from 104.4 in January.  

Libertarian Party/Green Party Of Illinois

The 21st Show - March 01, 2018

Beyond Red And Blue: Third Parties In Illinois Politics

Pick any election in America, and it’s usually Democrats vs. Republicans. But there are also smaller parties like the Greens and the Libertarians, and every year they’re trying to both get their messages out and get their candidates on the ballot. Illinois is a particularly difficult state for third parties, and we spoke about all this and more with representatives from the Libertarian Party of Illinois and the Green Party of Illinois.

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