U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addresses media at the U of I on Wednesday, September 16.

Hannah Meisel/Illinois Public Media

October 02, 2015 - News Local/State

Education Secretary Duncan Stepping Down, Returning To Chicago

A letter detailing Duncan's plans was obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by a White House official.  The education secretary recently visited the U of I's Urbana campus. 


Celtic Woman, Left to Right: Éabha McMahon, Susan McFadden, Máiréad Carlin, Máiréad Nesbitt

Kip Carroll

October 02, 2015 - Longer Listen

Máiréad Nesbitt Of Celtic Woman: Last Ten Years Have Been A ‘Wonderful Journey’

Máiréad Nesbitt is the only original member of the Irish group Celtic Woman, which started as a one-off PBS special over ten years ago. In anticipation of their appearance at the Virginia Theater this weekend, Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort talked with Nesbit about the last ten years and what she and the rest of Celtic Woman have in the works. 


graph showing Flash Index readings over the past three years.

U of I Institute of Govt. & Public Affairs

October 01, 2015 - News Local/State

Index of Illinois Economy Falls Half A Point In September

The Flash Index dropped from an August 2015 reading of 106.5 to 106.0 in September, the lowest reading since August, 2014, but still an indicator of steady economic growth in Illinois.


In this April 28, 2014 photo, Students walk past the Alma Mater statue, a landmark on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana.

David Mercer/AP

October 01, 2015 - News Local/State

University Presidents Seek Meeting With Governor Over Stalemate

The presidents of Illinois' nine public universities have written a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders, urging an end to the impasse.  In a mass e-mail, U of I President Timothy Killeen called operating without a critical source of funding 'unsustainable.'


Corn stalks

Midwest Center For Investigative Reporting

October 01, 2015 - News Local/State

Monsanto Claims News GMO Corn Produces Bigger Ears

A foot-long ear of corn would grow an extra inch or two. And while that seems like a small gain, it’s a big deal considering corn is used for everything from animal feed and fuel to soda and cereal.


In this March 26, 2014, file photo, Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson dribbles past the NCAA logo during practice at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Anaheim, Calif

Jae C. Hong/AP

September 30, 2015 - News Local/State

UI Labor Prof: Appellate Ruling ‘Significant’ For NCAA

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld one lower court decision Wednesday, limiting what NCAA athletes can receive while playing sports, but the judges also threw out a decision that would have allowed them up to an additional $5,000 compensation a year, one that a U of I professor of labor calls substantial for the NCAA.


Richard Goldberg irritated Democrats while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 28, 2015, with Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (left) and Jennifer Hammer (right), an attorney for the Rauner administration.

Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio

September 30, 2015 - News Local/State

Proxy Wars: Meet The Rauner Aide Driving Democrats Crazy

If you think of the whole dispute at the Statehouse as a war, as it’s been described, then think of Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan as its generals; their back-and-forth is well documented. Much more so than how the shin-kicky, hand-to-hand combat is playing out on the front lines.


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