A sign placed by residents in DeWitt County opposing the placing of PCB's in a landfill over the Mahomet Aquifer.

Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media

October 09, 2015 - News Local/State

Macon County Board Approves Clinton Landfill Consent Decree

The Macon County Board is the 13th member of a 14-goverment coalition to endorse a proposed consent decree to keep PCB's and future manufactured gas plant waste out of the Clinton Landfill.


Clem Schultz walking his dog. Schultz lost his wife in the Fairdale tornado on April 9, 2015

Jenna Dooley/WNIJ

October 09, 2015 - News Local/State

Fairdale Tornado: Six Months Later

It's been six months since a deadly tornado hit Fairdale, Illinois. Some residents are ready to rebuild, while others prefer not to start new.


Rashada Dawan and Kevin Pollack in the roles of Chaz and Roger Ebert in 'The Black White Love Play', now playing at Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater.

Black Ensemble Theater

October 08, 2015 - News Local/State

Ebert Romance Captured On Stage

'The Black White Love Play', an original musical written by Jackie Taylor, CEO of Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater, delves into the courtship of Roger and Chaz Ebert, and their more than 20 years of marriage. 


Handouts from Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger illustrating the state's bill backlog.

Hannah Meisel/Illinois Public Media

October 08, 2015 - News Local/State

Comptroller: Illinois Just Scraping By On Bills

It's been nine months since Illinois' income tax rate dropped when a temporary tax hike rolled back on January first. And though the state is operating without a budget, Illinois is already spending over 90 percent of what it spent last year...which has already led to a cash shortage.


Sandra Bland's sister Sharon Cooper kneels at Bland's burial site at the Mt. Glenwood Memorial Gardens West cemetery Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Willow Springs, Ill.

Christian K. Lee/AP

October 08, 2015 - News Local/State

Remembering My Sister, Sandy

Texas authorities say Sandra Bland hanged herself in her jail cell, but Sandra Bland's sister, Sharon Cooper, says "she had everything to live for."  


Highway sign along Interstate 72.

Amanda Vinicky/IPR

October 08, 2015 - News Local/State

IDOT Officials Warn Budget Impasse Could Hurt Road Repairs

The llinois Department of Transportation may be wrapping up its busy construction season, but the upcoming winter will mean more repairs for road crews to work on next summer. But that depends on getting a state budget in place first.


Illinois Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Vandalia, argues Illinois state budget legislation while on the Senate floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Springfield.

Seth Perlman/AP

October 07, 2015 - News Local/State

GOP Sen. McCarter To Challenge Shimkus In 15th District

Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) calls 10-term incumenbent John Shimkus a career politician who's making decisions to appeal to special interests. The Republican is challenging Shimkus in the 33-county 15th Congressional District.


In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 photo, the "mother" marijuana plants are keep healthy inside the "Mother Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill.

(Seth Perlman/AP)

October 07, 2015 - News Local/State

Illinois Panel OKs Medical Marijuana For Pain Conditions

PTSD, autism, chronic pain syndrome and five other conditions have been added to the list of those that can be treated by marijuana in Illinois.  But Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration still has the final say.


Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta reacts after throwing his first career no-hitter during the ninth inning of against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Cubs won 2-0.

Mark J. Terrill/AP

October 07, 2015 - News Local/State

Is This Finally The Year For The Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs are in the Major League Baseball playoffs for the first time since 2008.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spoke to Brett Taylor from the Cubs website Bleacher Nation about their chances in Wednesday's wildcard game.


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