Travelers wait in line after several delays at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

News Local/State - April 13, 2015

Are People Really Leaving Illinois In Droves?

Last year, Illinois was one of a handful of states that lost population. More than 90,000 people moved elsewhere.  It became a campaign issue for Governor when then candidate Bruce Rauner criticized the state's lack of friendliness to business, but the numbers don't mean mean there is a crisis, or even a real clamor, to leave the state.                    

In this Feb. 9 file photo, Governor Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters during a news conference in his office in Springfield

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

News Local/State - April 11, 2015

Rauner Agrees To Allow Union Fair Share Fees, Awaits Lawsuit

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it has agreed to allow government agencies to reinstate mandatory fair share fees for non-union members in return for union agreement to a faster timeline for resolving their dispute over the payments.

News Local/State - April 11, 2015

Pilot Program Set To Help Break Heroin Addiction

The Champaign County Drug Court will soon offer a new option for some trying to break their addiction to heroin. The pilot program launches later this month and will eventually provide medication and therapy to up to 30 people who qualify and consent to the treatment.

A tornado is viewed near Pearl Street from a home  in Kirkland, Ill., on Thursday, April 9, 2015. One person was killed in the tiny community of Fairdale, James Joseph with the Illinois Department of Emergency Management said.

(AP Photo/Emily Mains)

News Local/State - April 10, 2015

Northern Illinois Tornadoes Cause Damage, Injuries, Two Deaths

Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste said he was able to see the tornado from 18 miles away. He says in his 25 years of storm-chasing, he had never seen one like this.  Dekalb and Ogle counties have been declared state disaster areas by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

A motorist puts fuel in his car's gas tank at a service station in Springfield, Ill. Illinois lawmakers are considering raising the state's motor fuel tax. Officials say a large amount of the funds usually allocated for road construction we

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

News Local/State - April 10, 2015

Gas Station Owners Say Gas Tax Increase Would Have Negative Effects

Bill Fleischli, the executive vice president of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association and the Illinois Association of Convenience Stores, says the current tax should create enough money for infrastructure repairs, even though not all the tax revenue is used for the roads.

Author Michael Perry

Courtesy of Michael Perry

Longer Listen - April 10, 2015

The Pull Of The Farm Inspires Wisconsin Writer

Michael Perry is a New York Times Bestselling author, known for his memoirs of growing up in and returning to rural Wisconsin. He is also a humorist, singer/songwriter, radio host, and intermittent pig farmer. Even with all of that he is visiting Champaign-Urbana Saturday as the keynote speaker for the Champaign Library’s Local Author Festival. 

U of I Urbana Provost Ilesami Adesida and Chancellor Phyllis Wise at Thursday's Town Hall meeting.

(Jeff Bossert/WILL)

News Local/State - April 09, 2015

Chancellor Addresses Proposed Cut, Strategic Plan

The U of I's Urbana Chancellor and Provost addressed concerns over Gov. Rauner's proposed state funding cut in Thursday's annual Town Hall meeting, but also unveiled a series of goals as part of the 2013-2016 strategic plan.

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