The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees.

Rich Egger/TriStates Public Radio

News Local/State - December 13, 2019

WIU Board Opts for Presidential Search Rather Than Appointment

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees deadlocked on appointing interim president Dr. Martin Abraham as the university's 12th president. Instead, the board voted to form a search committee to find a successor to Jack Thomas, who stepped down earlier this year.

Garden Hills Elementary School in Champaign pictured from the front entrance side

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - December 13, 2019

Champaign Unit 4 Officials Propose Swapping Elementary School Campuses

At a Unit 4 Board of Education meeting Monday night, the district’s superintendent, Susan Zola, suggested moving the International Prep Academy, a kindergarten through fifth grade bilingual program, to building now housing Garden Hills Elementary, a majority black school in north Champaign with more than 200 open seats. 

The US Capitol.

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News Local/State - December 13, 2019

WATCH/LISTEN: House Judiciary Committee Votes On Articles Of Impeachment

The House Judiciary Committee is expected to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Friday after abruptly shutting down a 14-hour session late Thursday following a marathon slog through Republican amendments aimed at killing the charges.

Revolution Global, the largest producer of medical cannabis in Illinois, is one of 14 cultivators approved to grow for adult recreational use. .

Dana Vollmer/WCBU

News Local/State - December 13, 2019

Cultivators Prioritize Patients As Cannabis Shortages Loom

There are just weeks left until adult-use recreational cannabis becomes legal in Illinois. While many consumers have been looking forward to that day since lawmakers passed the legislation in May, cultivators have been scrambling to prepare for the demand.

Bottles of prescription medications.

Airman Valerie Monroy/U.S. Air Force

News Local/State - December 12, 2019

Davis, Londrigan Fall Along Party Lines As House Passes Prescription Price Bill

A bill backed by Democrats to control prescription drug prices passed the House Thursday on a near party-line vote. Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis joined the majority of his fellow Republicans in opposing it. Meanwhile, Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan says she would have voted for it.

Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

News Local/State - December 12, 2019

Pritzker Drops $5m On Tax Campaign, Expects Expensive Fight

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is giving $5 million to a campaign supporting a graduated income tax. It’s the first reported contribution in what’s expected to be an expensive fight over the state’s tax policy.

Illinois Public Media

The 21st Show - December 12, 2019

The Widespread Issue Of Empty Storefronts And What Decatur Is Doing About It

Back in the '90s, we saw a proliferation of strip malls and commercial storefronts across the U.S. But today, as thousands of retailers have closed their doors, cities and towns are grappling with what to do with all the empty buildings. We look at how Decatur is handling this, and hear about how other states have tackled the problem.

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