University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen

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August 19, 2015 - News Local/State

U of I Pres. Killeen Talks About Email Disclosures, New Med School, State Budget & Strategic Vision

After his first three months as University of Illinois President, Timothy Killeen says work in proceeding well on a new "strategic vision" for the university, despite a series of controversies. But he says the university could face serious problems, if the state budget impasse continues into the fall.

The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield


August 19, 2015 - News Local/State

State Senate Overrides Rauner Veto of Contract Arbitration Bill

Despite intense lobbying by Governor Bruce Rauner, the Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to override his veto of union-backed legislation. The legislation would send intractable contract disputes between the governor and labor unions to arbitration.

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., speaks to Illinois Republican Senate leader Christine Radogno in Chicago.

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August 19, 2015 - News Local/State

Senator Kirk A No-Show At State Fair

Illinois Republicans want to make sure Mark Kirk is re-elected to the U.S. Senate - in one of the most-watched races in the country.  But Kirk is absent from the traditional start of the campaign season--political days at the Illinois State Fair.

 In this Dec. 7, 2011 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, speaks to reporters as his wife, Patti, listens at the federal building in Chicago, after Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years on 18 corruption counts.

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August 19, 2015 - News Local/State

Full Court Won’t Rehear Blagojevich Appeal

The imprisoned Democratic former governor had hoped the full court in Chicago might overturn more of his 18 convictions than the five counts a three-judge panel tossed in July.

Dollars and pennies.

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August 19, 2015 - News Local/State

Illinois Issues: In The Red

 As Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic legislative leaders go back and forth over the governor’s policy agenda and topics like lawmakers’ pay dominate the news cycle, it is easy to lose sight of the actual budget. 

The administration Building at Eastern Illinois University, known as Old Main

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August 18, 2015 - News Local/State

Eastern Illinois Laying Off 67 With More To Come

EIU identified 118 jobs for elimination, with 50 of those positions vacant.  Those jobs are in civil service, as well as administrative and professional areas.

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