Microbiologist Mary-Dell Chilton founded Syngenta's biotechnology research labs in the 1980s.

(Photo: Syngenta)

June 04, 2015 - News Local/State

Meet The Woman Who Pioneered GMO Research

At 76 years old, U of I graduate Mary-Dell Chilton is still working. The genetically-modified corn, soybeans and other crops that her research helped develop now grow on more than 170 million acres of U.S. farmland. Earlier this month, Chilton’s groundbreaking discoveries earned her a place in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.


Gov. Bruce Rauner meets with members of his cabinet Wednesday, telling them to prepare for a "cash crisis" in government.

(Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio)

June 03, 2015 - News Local/State

Rauner Warns Cabinet Members To Prepare For Cash Crisis

Gov. Bruce Rauner is asking heads of state agencies to prepare for state funds to run out if he and Democratic lawmakers can't reach a deal on a 2016 budget.


Members of the Illinois assembly meet in the House chambers, at the state Capitol. Pieces of Illinois Democrats' proposed state budget are coming into focus as lawmakers begin advancing them in the Legislature ahead of a scheduled Sunday adjourn

(AP Photo/Sara Burnett)

June 03, 2015 - News Local/State

What Does A Budget Shutdown Look Like?

Democrats did pass several spending bills before the end of the regular session, but the state doesn’t have the money to fully back them up. Rauner says he won’t consider new revenue until the General Assembly approves at least some of his business-friendly agenda.


In this Sept. 24, 2007, file photo, an Illinois state-owned aircraft is seen within sight of the state Capitol as it prepares to take off from the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

June 02, 2015 - News Local/State

Rauner Prepares Closures, Spending Cuts If No Budget Agreement

Rauner's plans include closing state musuems and juvenile justice centers, grounding all state plane passenger service, and suspending the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP.)


Chicago Bulls new coach Fred Hoiberg, right, speaks as general manager Gar Forman listens during an NBA basketball news conference Tuesday.

(AP Photo/Christian K. Lee)

June 02, 2015 - News Local/State

Chicago Bulls Introduce Fred Hoiberg As New Coach

The Chicago Bulls made it official Tuesday, hiring Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg to replace Tom Thibodeau.  Hoiberg was long rumored as the replacement for Thibodeau, who was fired last week after five seasons.


Gov. Bruce Rauner at a press conference on the final day of the legislature's session on Sunday.

(Photo: Brian Mackey)

June 02, 2015 - News Local/State

Rauner, On The (Ad?) Attack

Rauner, a Republican, is in a battle of wills and political might with Democratic leadership: House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.  They're at odds over the budget, business practices, union rights and more, and it's been widely reported that Rauner is planning to once again win over the public using the strategy that helped him get elected, TV commercials.


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