Former Congressman Aaron Schock, who resigned Tuesday.

(Associated Press)

News Local/State - April 01, 2015

Rauner Schedules Special Election To Replace Schock

The governor has requested a special primary to be held June 8 with the election on July 24.  But his office warned the actual dates of the election will be changed to comply with federal law.   

Illinois Department of Employment Security logo

(IDES)

News Local/State - March 31, 2015

Jobless Rates Fall In All Illinois Metro Areas

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment fell in every Illinois metro area in February. It was the 12th straight month of across-the-board improvement.

Jarling's Custard Cup on 309 W Kirby Ave, which closed its doors late Monday when inventory ran out.

(Photo: Tiffany Jolley)

News Local/State - March 30, 2015

Champaign’s Custard Cup Closes Its Doors

Doug and Christie Jarling announced on Sunday that Jarling's Custard Cup in Champaign would be closing as soon as inventory runs out.   That happened quickly Monday afternoon, with a 4 p.m. Facebook post.  Custard Cup will reopen when new owners can be trained.

Adalberto Martinez’s paid a $200 fine for lacking health insurance. But under the Affordable Care Act, he is exempt from the requirement to have health coverage, and from the penalty.

Odette Yousef/WBEZ

News Local/State - March 30, 2015

Obamacare Tax Rules Trip Some Immigrants

The deadline’s coming to file tax returns, and aside from the usual headache, this year it’s proving particularly thorny for undocumented immigrants. That’s because, for the first time, there are penalties under the Affordable Care Act for those lacking health insurance

Betsi and Tod Waldron with their daughter, Emily. This photo was taken after Betsi completed her treatment for breast cancer in 2013.

(Photo: Emily Waldron)

News Local/State - March 30, 2015

Couple Faces Cancer Again After Nearly Four Decades

Nearly forty years after Tod Waldron was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as freshman at the U of I, he says the most difficult part was talking about his cancer with his girlfriend (now wife), Betsi and his parents.“I was pretty nonchalant about it at the time, because I just didn’t know enough,” said Tod, “but my parents were from a generation that didn’t discuss cancer.

University of Illinois researcher working on cancer drugs in a lab

Credit: Christine Herman

News Local/State - March 30, 2015

U of I Researchers Discover Cancer-Killing Drug

Chemistry professor Paul Hergenrother identified a molecule that appears to cause many cancer cells to self-destruct. This week marks the start of a clinical trial on the potential new drug that has shown promising results when tested on lab animals with cancer. If it is found to be safe and effective in humans, the new drug may improve prognoses for patients with the most aggressive forms of brain cancer and other forms of the disease.

Flag of the state of Indiana.

(Wikimedia Commons)

News Local/State - March 28, 2015

Indiana Officials Look To Stem Religious Objections Fallout

As calls for a boycott of Indiana go viral, mayors of several Indiana cities say they are welcoming to all, and supporters of the new law say arguments that it allows discrimination are overblown.

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