The Illinois legislature this afternoon approved a major, bipartisan overhaul of the way Illinois funds public education.

Backers are calling it a landmark reform. It would focus state spending on areas with more students in poverty — though no school district would get less funding than it does today.
Democratic state Senator Kimberly Lightford, from Chicago, says the change has been a long time in coming.


Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza visited Herrin in southern Illinois Monday, to hear from medical doctors what late insurance payments mean to their practice.  

In a packed conference room at the Orthopaedic Institute of Southern Illinois, Mendoza heard from CEO Greg Thompson - who says even though they have never missed a payroll, sometimes the physicians haven given  up their own pay, so staff can get paid.

UICOMP Expansion Includes Accomodations for 'All Genders'

Aug 29, 2017
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Medical students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria successfully advocated for two “all gender” bathrooms on campus. It’s just one of several efforts aimed at improving awareness and understanding of LGBTQ patients.

A federal judge has delayed until February the trial of the man accused of kidnapping visiting U of I scholar Yingying Zhang.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is letting other states know that Illinois resources are available if needed in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and along the Gulf Coast.

A clinic in central Illinois is working to provide better basic health care for people who suffer from mental illnesses.

The family of a Decatur sailor whose remains were recovered from the USS John S. McCain say they're "heartbroken with the news and will miss him tremendously."

Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved the creation of the Illinois Muslim American Advisory Council. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a plan pushed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan aimed at protecting students who take out college loans.

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Count Democrat Chris Kennedy as an opponent of the proposed agreement to fund K-12 schools in Illinois.

A day after praising a tentative deal in Illinois' school funding fight, Gov. Bruce Rauner is giving it mixed reviews. 

Durbin Seeks Immigration Reform

Aug 25, 2017

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin hopes the recent detention of a women protected under the DACA program will spur Congress to act on comprehensive immigration reform.

The University of Illinois will no longer use the music known as the “War Chant” during athletic events on its Urbana-Champaign campus.

Corn Stock Theatre

Bryan Blanks is the director of the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie," which closes the summer season at Corn Stock Theatre. He describes it as a high-energy show, that's appropriate and fun for all ages. Set in the Flapper era of the 1920s, it tells the story of a young woman who sets out for New York City to marry for money. Blanks talks about the music of the show, which hearkens back to the jazz age, and the intense, tap-driven choreography.


A tentative deal on state school funding includes money to pay Chicago teacher pension costs for the first time, Mayor Rahm Emanuel made clear Thursday evening. The deal also includes a new tax credit program to fund private school scholarships, a source tells Illinois Public Radio member station WBEZ.

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There’s a renewed movement to ratify the US Equal Rights Amendment. Nevada was the 36th state to ratify five months ago. The country needs two more states to follow suit to make it the law of the land.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says Congress needs to act soon to shore up the federal online health insurance marketplaces.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he's concerned that President Donald Trump may follow through with his threat to force a government shutdown if Congress fails to approve money for a proposed wall on the United States' southern border.

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As parents vaccinate their children at the start of school, public health officials in Illinois say adults should also check to see if they need booster shots.

Illinois Public Health Department Director, Dr. Nirav Shah, says vaccines don’t last forever.

SHAH: “A lot of vaccines aren’t regularly administered until folks are older, so this is a perfect opportunity to speak to your doctor and check in to make sure your own vaccines are up to date.”

A two-part computer "phishing" scam made to steal banking passwords attacked University of Illinois computer users and their off-campus email contacts from as far as Ohio.

UI Technology Services spokesman Brian Mertz says the scam's first wave was an email saying the user had authorized a large payment. The email included an attachment that had a piece of malware that infected the user's computer and read its address book. The users' address books were used to send a second wave of emails with a fax attachment known as a "banking Trojan."

Hate crimes will be more punishable under a new law the governor signed this week.

The measure was a result of suggestions from the state’s bi-partisan Holocaust and Genocide Commission. It was introduced to the legislature well before the events in Charlottesville. However, State Representative Sara Feigenholtz, a Democrat from Chicago, says it sends a strong message to those considering acting out their hatred:

Rauner Staffers Resign Over Cartoon Controversy

Aug 24, 2017
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Four members of Gov. Bruce Rauner's communications team have resigned weeks after being hired in the wake of the Republican's conflicting response to a political cartoon that critics call racist.  

Rauner issued a statement Thursday saying Diana Rickert, Laurel Patrick, Meghan Keenan and Brittany Carl submitted resignations. They were hired last month in a staff shakeup that included several employees from the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank.

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CHICAGO (AP) - A monument gifted to Chicago by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in the name of aviator Italo Balbo has become the target of protesters who want it removed.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois' legislative leaders are set to continue negotiations on a possible solution to the state's school funding impasse. 

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An electrical and natural-gas service company in central Illinois is using a fleet of drones to detect power outages, inspect power lines and poles and plan for construction projects.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is poised to receive a new kidney - from his son.

School superintendents from central and southern Illinois are pushing lawmakers to reach an agreement on overhauling the state's school funding formula.

Tourism officials in southern Illinois say about 200,000 people traveled to the 16-county region to watch the total solar eclipse.


The debate over school funding in Illinois has focused on Chicago Public Schools, which Governor Bruce Rauner alleges would get a "bailout" under a plan sponsored by Democrats. He vetoed much of that proposal. Legislative leaders are now trying to work out a compromise.

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A coalition of senior care organizations in the state is calling on the Gov. Bruce Rauner to drop his proposed Community Reinvestment Program.