Entrance to the University of Illinois' Urbana campus

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News Local/State - October 23, 2015

University Presidents Meet Privately With Gov. Rauner

Presidents of Illinois' nine public universities say going four months without money is putting their institutions "at the brink of serious operational damage."  On Thursday, some of them pleaded their case in private meetings with Governor Bruce Rauner.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act as Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Lady Bird Johnson, Muriel Humphrey, Sen. Edward (Ted) Kennedy, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and others look on.

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Longer Listen - October 23, 2015

Tom Gjelten: U.S. Moving Toward ‘Nation of Nations’

NPR’s Tom Gjelten talked with Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort about how his new book, Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, chronicles not only how we’ve reached that point, but also tells the stories of some of those immigrants. 

Kenny Schlax delivers a pitch while Mark Neubauer looks on.

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News Local/State - October 23, 2015

Bohrs Win! Softball Team Snaps Three-Year Winless Streak

In August, we told you the story of The Wild Bohrs, a softball team made up of University of Illinois physics students and faculty.  They had never won a game in three years of competition.  That changed two weeks ago.

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks to lawmakers while on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday in Springfield. Democrats in the General Assembly continue attempts at flanking the Republican

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News Local/State - October 22, 2015

Moody’s Downgrades Rating On Illinois Bonds, Second Downgrade This Week

For the second time this week, a credit rating agency has downgraded Illinois' bond rating over the state budget stalemate.  Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said the news means Governor Bruce Rauner should 'put aside his agenda that Democrats and Republicans alike oppose.'

In this Nov. 7, 2014, file photo, Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner, right, greets former Republican Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar in Springfield, Ill. Pressure is building for Republican Gov. Rauner and majority Democrats to end their months-long stalemate

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News Local/State - October 22, 2015

Rauner Bites Back At Edgar, Thompson Critiques

On the state's 113th day without a budget, Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday sloughed off critical comments made by his a pair of his predecessors, former GOP governors Jim Edgar and James Thompson.

Vice Chancellor for Research Peter Schiffer

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News Local/State - October 21, 2015

U Of I Urbana Campus Unveils New Plan To Shrink Carbon Footprint

The update of a plan first issued in 2010 outlines new short-term objectives aimed at reaching the goal of a carbon neutral campus by 2050 --- and officials are considering a proposal to move that goal up by 15 years.

Coach Matt Bollant and members of the U of I Women's Basketball Team scrimmage at the Ubben Basketball Complex August 5.

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News Local/State - October 21, 2015

U of I Argues Women’s BB Players’ Lawsuit Should Be Dismissed

The University of Illinois wants a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by seven former members of the women's basketball team who allege they were the victims of racial discrimination.  The U of I argues that the sovereign immunity that prevents the state from being sued in federal court also covers the state university.

University of Illinois Urbana campus interim Provost Edward Feser

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News Local/State - October 20, 2015

Provost: U of I Urbana Campus Coping With State Budget Impasse

Interim Provost Edward Feser says the University of Illinois Urbana campus is making cuts in both administration and faculty hiring, as part of efforts to cope with the state budget impasse.

Decatur Memorial Hospital

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News Local/State - October 20, 2015

Decatur Hospital Builds On Partnership With SIU Med School

The expanded collaboration with Decatur Memorial Hospital will allow a number of SIU Medical School students, physician assistant students, and resident physicans to provide specialized services without patients having to seek care in Springfield.

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