Mississippi River flood waters in Vicksburg, Miss., in 2011.

(Dave Martin/AP)

News Local/State - April 18, 2015

Midwest Seeing More Frequent Flooding

Floods in the midwest and nearby states are not getting bigger, they're just occurring more often. That's the conclusion of a new study by the University of Iowa Flood Center after looking at 50 years of river levels in 14 states

Vice President Joe Biden addresses sexual assault on college campuses, outlining the It's On Us campaign at the White House on September 19, 2014.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

News Local/State - April 17, 2015

Vice President Biden To Visit U of I Thursday

The vice president will address sexual assualt prevention at the university's Urbana campus.  The event will highlight the "It’s On Us" sexual assault prevention campaign.

In this Sept. 20, 2014 file photo, Cardinal Francis George speaks at a news conference in Chicago.

(AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

News Local/State - April 17, 2015

Chicago Cardinal Francis George Dies At Age 78

Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died. He was 78.

Pumpkin pie

Photo: United States Department of Agriculture

News Local/State - April 17, 2015

Commotion In The Capitol Over State Pie

Finally, pumpkin pie might be getting the attention it deserves from lawmakers in Springfield. Illinois grows 95 percent of pumpkins processed in the United States, and lawmakers have proposed a bill making pumpkin pie the official pie of Illinois.

News Local/State - April 17, 2015

Falling Union Membership? The Governor Has A Theory About That ...

Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent much of his first few months in office talking about labor unions. He’s shared not only policy proposals, but also his ideas about the history of the union movement. Illinois Public Media's Brian Mackey wrote about the state of labor in the April edition of Illinois Issues magazine and decided to take a closer look at one the governor’s theories.

Ebertfest Director Nate Kohn, actor Jason Segel, director James Ponsoldt, and film critic Matt Zoller Seitz of Roger Ebert.com.

(Amanda Honigfort/WILL)

News Local/State - April 17, 2015

Actor Segel, Director Ponsoldt Discuss Author’s Influence

The star and director of "The End of the Tour", depicting 1980 Urbana High School graduate David Foster Wallace, say their love for the late author's writing made them want to take on the project.

Illinois Tobacco Quitline logo

(Illinois Department of Public Health)

News Local/State - April 16, 2015

Tobacco Quitline Calls It Quits

Twenty-seven people are out of a job at Illinois' Tobacco Quitline, which means there's no one left to answer the phone.

An Amtrak commuter train moves through a crossing gate while traveling to Chicago Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Springfield.

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

News Local/State - April 16, 2015

Amtrak: Proposed Budget Cut Means Less Service In Illinois

Amtrak staff testified Thursday before a Senate committee on the proposed 2016 fiscal budget.  Reductions in service would be expected under Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget proposal.

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