Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks to lawmakers while on the Senate floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Springfield, Ill. Illinois Senate convenes to address a compromise spending bill

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News Local/State - December 07, 2015

Rauner, Senate, Approve Funds For Local Governments

Money can now be released to local governments and community organizations that have been waiting for state funding since July.  Shortly after the Illinois Senate Monday overwhelmingly approved a partial budget plan, the governor signed it into law.

Front cover photo for "Songs of the Night."

Archeophone Records

News Local/State - December 07, 2015

Another Grammy Nomination For Champaign’s Archeophone Records

Archeophone Records, which re-issues recordings from the acoustic era, has picked up a Best Album Notes nomination for 'Songs of The Night: Dance Recordings 1916-1925.'  Ryan Barma's accompaying booklet discussses band leader Joseph C. Smith's life and contributions to early 20th Century dance music.

Indiana Congressman Larry Buschon.

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News Local/State - December 07, 2015

Bucshon To Have Democratic Challenger

Democrat and former Indiana State Rep. David Orentlicher says he's moving from the Indianapolis area to Terre Haute to challenge three-term Republican Congressman Larry Bucshon for the 8th District US House seat.

A barn, grain silos, pasture and crop land in a rural area.

David Wilson

News Local/State - December 07, 2015

Illinois Issues: No Place To Call Home - Pt. 2

In contrast to homelessness in urban areas, rural homelessness is less visible, and its victims face unique challenges due to a sparse population that results in fewer available services.

A sign at Lincoln's Challenge Academy in Rantoul

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - December 06, 2015

Budget Stalemate Hurting Recruitment At Lincoln’s Challenge

The National Guard-run program for at-risk youth in Rantoul was able to continue as scheduled in summer 2015, delayed only slightly to determine if staff could be paid during Illinois' budget impasse.  But that same lack of a budget is giving off an impression that Lincoln's Challenge is not taking new cadets, just weeks from when the next class is scheduled to start.

Jesse White

Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - December 05, 2015

Money For Secretary Of State’s Office Keeps Lights On

A stopgap spending plan will keep the lights on at motor services facilities in Illinois. The bipartisan measure passed the House on Wednesday, and the Senate's headed to Springfield on Monday to vote on it. 

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., plant in Normal, Ill., is shown Thursday, May 20, 2004

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News Local/State - December 05, 2015

A Mitsubishi Worker On The Normal Plant’s Upcoming Closure

Kent Ferguson is one of the Mitsubishi workers losing his job when the plant in Normal closes. Ferguson is a tool and die craftsman and talked with Charlie Schlenker about the plant closing and how the employees are doing. 

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