Illinois pitcher Tyler Jay pitching in a game against Vanderbilt

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June 11, 2015 - News Local/State

Nine Illini Baseball Players Taken In MLB Draft

The 2015 Illinois baseball team (50-10-1) set more records during its season than any other in program history. But even after its season concluded Monday against Vanderbilt at the NCAA Champaign Super Regional, the achievements kept rolling in.


Comptroller Leslie Munger speaks during a news conference, Wednesday in Chicago.

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June 10, 2015 - News Local/State

Munger: Without Budget, State Payments To Stop

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says she will have to stop nearly all state payments if a budget impasse remains unresolved by the end of this month. A new fiscal year begins July 1.


Emma Todd, 20, has become an activist for transgender people. At 15, the Springfield native came out as transgender to her mother.

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June 10, 2015 - News Local/State

Being Transgender In Illinois

Never before has there been as much attention paid to what it means to be transgender.  Illinois offers more protections from discrimination and harrassment than most states, but some are still pushing to ensure a good quality of life for people whose gender identity does not match their anatomy.


Signature of Saul Bellow from 1975

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June 10, 2015 - Longer Listen

Saul Bellow’s Editor Remembers The Chicago Novelist On His Centennial

Saul Bellow would have been 100 on Wednesday. The novelist who set much of his work in Chicago, immigrated to Chicago from Montreal in July of 1924 and his family settled in Humboldt Park. He stayed in Chicago for most of the rest of his life, attending Northwestern University and teaching at the University of Chicago. We talk with Beena Kamlani who began editing Saul Bellow’s works at Viking in 1988 about her time working with the author considered one of the United States’ greats.


Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse Tuesday in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges that he broke federal banking laws and lied about the money when questioned by the FBI

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June 09, 2015 - News Local/State

Former House Speaker Hastert Pleads Not Guilty

During his first court appearance since he was indicted last month, Hastert's defense attorney entered the pleas on Hastert's behalf. He also waived the reading of the indictment.


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