State Senator Scott Bennett and State Representative Carol Ammons spoke at a town hall in Champaign on Wednesday evening.
Daniel Baker/Illinois Public Media
June 07, 2018

Local Legislators Address Constituents’ Budget Concerns

Champaign-Urbana community members gathered yesterday at the Carpenters Hall in Champaign for a town hall with State Senator Scott Bennett and State Representative Carol Ammons. The Democrats answered questions from constituents about the state budget that Governor Rauner signed into law this week.


January 2016 Flash Index
(UI Institute for Government and Public Affairs)
June 01, 2018

Flash Index Climbs Again In May

The post-recession economic expansion shows no sign of ending, nationwide or in Illinois. One piece of evidence is the latest University of Illinois Flash Index to the Illinois economy. It rose in May to 104.9, from April’s 104.7. 


State Rep. Bob Rita (D-Blue Island) testifies on a gambling expansion measure at a House committee hearing on May 28.
Lee Milner/for NPR Illinois
May 29, 2018

Gambling Expansion Bill Busts At Illinois Statehouse

Legislation allowing a major expansion of gambling in Illinois failed on Monday. It’s something lawmakers have been working on for years, as an effort to raise money for state and local governments.


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