Gov. Bruce Rauner talks with media after celebrating the opening of a new Veterans Center on the U of I campus Oct. 2. Rauner appeared at U of I the day after college presidents sent the governor a letter asking for state support of universities.

Hannah Meisel/Illinois Public Media

October 05, 2015 - News Local/State

Rauner Blames Democrats For Three Months Of No Funding For Colleges

Though Illinois has gone over three months without a budget, to the average citizen, state government seems anything but shut down. Court orders and existing law have made it possible for the largest chunks of the state's financial obligations to be paid...except for the state's 12 public colleges and universities.

U-S Rep. Rodney Davis tours the HL Precision Manufacturing plant in Champaign.

Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

October 02, 2015 - News Local/State

Davis Tours Champaign Manufacturer To Showcase Job Training Bills

U-S Rep. Rodney Davis toured the HL Precision Manufacturing plant in Champaign to showcase legislation he's sponsoring in the House to encourage job training for the manufacturing sector.

The reflection of a sculpture highlights the closing notice on the front door of the Illinois State Museum, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Springfield.

Seth Perlman/AP

October 02, 2015 - News Local/State

Rauner: Budget Standoff ‘Could Go On For A While’

As Illinois enters a second quarter without a budget in place, Governor Bruce Rauner put the blame on legislators.  He made the remarks Friday following a manufacturing event in Effingham.

A man in a studio with a bunch of vinyl records.

Photo by Mike Thomas

October 02, 2015 - News Local/State

Vintage Vinyl Sale Saturday

All proceeds from the Vintage Vinyl sale benefit WILL's Illinois Radio Reader program.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline talked with Illinois Radio Reader Coordinator Kathie Spegal about the sale and how it will help the Illinois Radio Reader program.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addresses media at the U of I on Wednesday, September 16.

Hannah Meisel/Illinois Public Media

October 02, 2015 - News Local/State

Education Secretary Duncan Stepping Down, Returning To Chicago

A letter detailing Duncan's plans was obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by a White House official.  The education secretary recently visited the U of I's Urbana campus. 

Celtic Woman, Left to Right: Éabha McMahon, Susan McFadden, Máiréad Carlin, Máiréad Nesbitt

Kip Carroll

October 02, 2015 - Longer Listen

Máiréad Nesbitt Of Celtic Woman: Last Ten Years Have Been A ‘Wonderful Journey’

Máiréad Nesbitt is the only original member of the Irish group Celtic Woman, which started as a one-off PBS special over ten years ago. In anticipation of their appearance at the Virginia Theater this weekend, Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort talked with Nesbit about the last ten years and what she and the rest of Celtic Woman have in the works. 

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