The Hallene Gateway on the University of Illinois Urbana campus.
David Mercer/Illinois Public Media
January 29, 2018

UIUC Graduate Employee Union Files Intent to Strike Paperwork

The graduate employee union at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign filed intent to strike paperwork today. According to a press release from the Graduate Employees Organization, or GEO, the union filed its strike notice after the university administration failed to respond to their latest contract proposal.


Front of a house.
Flickr/Bill_Comstock/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
January 29, 2018

Lawmakers Consider More Property Tax Breaks For Seniors

As Democrats and Republicans try to make local property taxes into an election-year political issue — state lawmakers are looking to cut tax rates for senior citizens.


Cartoonish Mort Walker, creator of 'Beetle Bailey'
Bob Daugherty/AP
January 28, 2018

‘Beetle Bailey’ Cartoonist Mort Walker Dies At 94

 Comic strip artist Mort Walker, a World War II veteran who satirized the Army and tickled millions of newspaper readers with the antics of the lazy private "Beetle Bailey," died Saturday. He was 94.


A handful of seeds are displayed.
Susan Stephens/WNIJ
January 27, 2018

Winter Doesn’t Stop Seed Swaps

No matter the weather, it’s not too early to start thinking about this year's garden. Saturday, Jan. 27 is National Seed Swap Day, and several seed swap gatherings have been scheduled on or near the day around the country.


Illinois DCFS
January 27, 2018

Gov. Rauner Replaces Longtime DCFS Watchdog

Denise Kane, the longtime top watchdog for Illinois’ troubled child-welfare system — who’s been highly critical of the agency’s former director leading up to his resignation amid a corruption scandal last year — is now being replaced by Gov. Bruce Rauner.


Carlos Giusti/AP
January 26, 2018

Leaving Home Behind After Hurricane Maria; Comedian Julia Sweeney; Reflecting On Trump’s First Year

The 21st: Thousands of Puerto Rico residents have fled to the mainland United States after Hurricane Maria, including to the Chicago area. Plus, comedian Julia Sweeney talks to us about her new stand-up show, and reflects on the SNL character that made her famous. And, we hear from reporter Rachel Otwell who has been talking to a wide range of people about President Trump's first year in office.


Todd Maisch, president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
Illinois Chamber of Commerce
January 26, 2018

State Of Trump: Good For Business

After one year of Donald Trump’s presidency, the business community is largely pleased with the results: reductions in tax rates and a rollback of Obama-era environmental regulations. But there are concerns about the president's positions on immigration, and the general chaos of the White House.


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