In this Wednesday, June 10, 2015, file photo, House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., presides over a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

October 15, 2015

Shimkus, Davis Backing GOP Colleague Ryan For House Speaker

GOP Congressman John Shimkus says there's no one else of Paul Ryan's stature that can take on the job and work with members of the Tea Party. And Republican colleague Rodney Davis believes Ryan, who is currently weighing family considerations, will eventually be named House Speaker. 


In this June 9, 2015, file photo, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, right, departs the federal courthouse with attorney Thomas C. Green in Chicago.

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

October 15, 2015

Hastert Attorney Says Former Speaker Intends To Plead Guilty

An attorney for the Illinois Republican says a written plea agreement in Hastert's hush-money case is expected by Monday.  A plea deal would avert a trial and help keep any potentially embarrassing secrets quiet.


Ray Spooner standing with his bicycle outside his home in Urbana

Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media

October 15, 2015

Urbana Man With ALS To Bike Across Country

Urbana’s Ray Spooner is planning to ride his bicycle all the way across the country.  He and his group are setting out from San Diego, California this weekend.  But as Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline learned, what Ray is calling his “little ride,” is anything but little.


Illinois State Comptroller Leslie Munger (R) speaking in January, 2015.

Brian Mackey/WUIS

October 14, 2015

Illinois Can’t Make Next Pension Payment

Illinois won't make its next pension payment. Comptroller Leslie Munger announced Wednesday she can't, because the state doesn't have the cash. That'll require Illinois to tap into its pension accounts which could further exacerbate the impact on the funds.


Champaign County METCAD 911 logo

METCAD 911

October 13, 2015

Urbana Council Tentatively Agrees To Plan For METCAD Funding

Alderwoman Diane Marlin says the ordinance enables the city to commit its full $95,000 payment for 911 service, but Mayor Laurel Prussing still has the final say.  Marlin says it's just one area where local governments are suffering because of inaction by state lawmakers.


The James. R. Thompson Center in Chicago

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October 13, 2015

Rauner Says He Wants To Sell Thompson Center in Chicago

Calling it a "very inefficient use of space", Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants to hold a public auction to sell the Thompson Center, which houses state govt. offices in downtown Chicago.


An older blue car.

Rich Berning

October 13, 2015

Trade Mission: Cuba

Agricultural products have for years been exempt from the U.S. embargo put in place in the '60s, but records show in 2008, Illinois exported $66 million in corn and soy to Cuba.


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