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.

Champaign County seal, displayed in the Champaign County Boardroom.

Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

September 30, 2015 - News Local/State

Champaign County Board Approves Clinton Landfill Consent Decree

The Champaign County Board approved the Clinton Landfill consent decree fifteen to five with one abstention, joining 11 other local governments in the the Mahomet Aquifer Coalition. Two members of the coalition have scheduled votes in October.

This Wednesday, June 10, 2015 photo shows chip credit cards in Philadelphia.

Matt Rourke/AP

September 29, 2015 - News Local/State

IRMA Head: US Issued ‘Chip’ Credit Cards Don’t Go Far Enough

October 1st is the soft deadline for US merchants to offer payment systems for the new 'chip and sign' cards, already provided by a number of banks in the country.  But Illinois Retail Merchants Association President Rob Karr says the card's magnetic stripe still makes consumers vulnerable to fraud.

Eastern Illinois University logo

Eastern Illinois University

September 29, 2015 - News Local/State

EIU Says Cost-Cutting Measures Sliced Deficit To $1 Million

The cuts include not only layoffs and furloughs, but a 20 percent reduction to intercollegiate athletics.  The school also made $500,000 through enrollment increases.

Attorney Sally Scott of Chicago-based Franczek Radelet discusses the Unit 4 consent decree during a school board meeting at Central High School Monday.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

September 29, 2015 - News Local/State

Unit 4 Board Reviews Consent Decree; Community Seeks More Improvements

Attorney Sally Scott of Chicago-based Franczek Radelet provided a brief history of the Unit 4 consent decree, and its 2009 settlement to address racial inequities.  But community leaders who worked on the agreement want more changes in areas like discipline and hiring. 

Foellinger Auditorium on the main quad of the University of Illinois Urbana campus.

Wikimedia Commons

September 28, 2015 - News Local/State

New Background Policy Delayed For U Of I Urbana Campus

A new policy requiring criminal background checks for all new University of Illinois employees will not be implemented on the Urbana campus until November 1st, following a request from the Academic Senate.

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