Students, teachers and administrators joined U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin to make a push for funding higher education in Illinois.

Brian Mackey/WUIS

February 16, 2016 - News Local/State

With Budget Address Looming, Higher Ed Makes Funding Plea

Gov. Bruce Rauner is scheduled to deliver his budget message to the Illinois General Assembly this Wednesday. In advance of that, interest groups are lining up to plead their case for state funding. On Monday, representatives of the state’s colleges and universities made one such pitch.


Illini men's basketball player Malcom Hill

Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media

February 16, 2016 - News Local/State

Illini Men To Face Rutgers Tuesday Night

Despite their 3-9 record in the Big Ten Conference, Illinois' men's basketball squad is favored to defeat Rutgers Tuesday night at the State Farm Center.


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in 2015.

Jim Mone/Associated Press File Photo

February 13, 2016 - News Local/State

Justice Antonin Scalia Dead At 79

Justice Antonin Scalia is dead. The influential conservative and provocative member of the Supreme Court was 79. The U.S. Marshals Service confirmed Scalia's death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of South Texas. The service's spokeswoman says Scalia was found dead Saturday morning when he did not appear for breakfast. 


Obama visited with former friends and colleagues on a return trip to Springfield Feb. 10, 2016.

Terrence Antonio James/ Chicago Tribune

February 13, 2016 - News Local/State

Springfield, State Team Up To Commemorate Obama’s Capital Ties

On Feb. 12 -- Abraham Lincoln's birthday -- officials released plans to salute another President with state ties. The Springfield mayor, governor and Illinois secretary of state announced a project to salute Obama's time in the capital city.


The Youth Correctional Center in Kewanee

Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice

February 12, 2016 - News Local/State

Youth Prison in Kewanee Might Close

On Friday, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice announced it plans to close the youth correctional facility in Kewanee by July first. The Juvenile Justice department says the closing would save the state about 14 million dollars, improve rehabilitation for young offenders, and improve community safety. It will also eliminate 200 jobs.


Electron microscope image of the H1N1 influenza virus.

CDC/Wikipedia

February 12, 2016 - News Local/State

Flu Cases Are Scarce In Illinois This Year—- So Far

Influenza is sometimes a big problem in Illinois --- but so far, not this year. The amount of flu cases reported in the state is being described as “sporadic” and “average.”


President Abraham Lincoln

Alexander Gardner/Wikimedia Commons

February 12, 2016 - News Local/State

Letters By Lincoln’s Law Partner

A newly edited volume of letters provides more insight into the nation's 16th president. “Herndon on Lincoln: Letters” was edited by Douglas Wilson and Rodney Davis, co-directors of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College in Galesburg.


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