A graph showing the progress of the Flash Index to the state economy.

U of I Institute of Government & Public Affairs

January 05, 2016 - News Local/State

Flash Index To State Economy Falls In December

The Flash Index to the Illinois economy fell to 105.5 in December, from its November level of 106.1. Any reading above 100 reflects economic growth. But the December reading was the lowest in 2015 --- in fact the lowest reading since March, 2013.

McLean County Board Chairman Matt Sorensen

McLean County

January 05, 2016 - News Local/State

McLean County Board Chair Indicted

McLean County Board Chairman Matt Sorensen was named in a federal court indictment Monday, accusing him of conspiring with an outside consulting firm to defraud State Farm Insurance.  He allegedly kept more than $370,000 for work that was never performed.

Marijuana plants

Seth Perlman/Associated Press

January 04, 2016 - News Local/State

Champaign Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open In March

Phoenix Farms expects to open its location, called Phoenix Botanicals, at 1704 S. Neil Street sometime in March.  It's also hired Medical Cannabis Research, which will conduct a series of free seminars in the area to help patients understand the medical marijuana program. They're scheduled for late January and early February.

In this Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, photo, boxes of single-doses vials of the measles-mumps-rubella virus vaccine live, or MMR vaccine and ProQuad vaccine are keep frozen inside a freezer at the practice of Dr. Charles Goodman in Northridge, Calif.

Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press

January 04, 2016 - News Local/State

Champaign Could Be Seeing End To Mumps Cases

Awais Vaid, Director of Research and Planning with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, says the county went from 24 mumps cases in early December to just four since.  But he says each case needs to go through two incubation periods before being sure the illness has left the area.

Gov. Bruce Rauner talking with Douglas County EMA Director Joseph Victor

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

January 04, 2016 - News Local/State

Rauner: Details On Overseas Trip Coming Soon

Gov. Rauner's staff would not disclose details about his travels after leaving the country the weekend before Christmas. But Monday, the governor confirmed that he had been to Spain and Morocco.  A day earlier, on a visit to survey flood damage in Douglas County, the governor some information, saying two of his children are currently living overseas.

Bruce (middle) discussing protocol with Rob James-Collier (Tomas, left) and Kevin Doyle (Mr. Mosley, right).

Courtesy of Masterpiece

January 04, 2016 - Longer Listen

Downton Abbey Historical Adviser On Season Six, Filming And More

Downton Abbey season six, the final season, premiered in the U.S. yesterday to great acclaim. It wouldn’t look the way it does or be so historically accurate, however, if it weren’t for Alastair Bruce. The cast and crew of Downton Abbey, Masterpiece’s smash hit about the Crawley family and their servants call Bruce, the show’s historical advisor, “The Oracle” because he knows everything about the customs and protocols of the time period. 

Illinois' Malcolm Hill posts up against Ohio State's Jai'Sean Tate.

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press

January 04, 2016 - News Local/State

Illini Lose To Ohio State 75-73

Marc Loving scored 27 points, including two late free throws, to lead Ohio State to a 75-73 win over visiting Illinois on Sunday.

Rauner greets Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz at the Villa Grove Fire Station Sunday.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

January 03, 2016 - News Local/State

Rauner Wraps 3-Day Tour Of Flood Damage With Stop In Douglas County

Shortly after declaring 12 Illinois counties state disaster areas, Gov. Bruce Rauner surveyed the damage first hand, making several stops in Central and Southern Illinois.  He made his final stop in Villa Grove on Sunday, calling the state disaster declaration a 'first step' in seeking federal help.

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