Health officials in Illinois and Iowa are investigating an increase in people becoming sick from a parasite that causes intestinal illness.

A Champaign area-based bus company faces a federal lawsuit accusing it of discriminating and harassing customers and their families.

Hundreds of thousands of low-income Illinois residents moved into managed care health plans on Jan. 1.

Lawmakers question whether reimbursement rates in an expanded managed care health plan will be sufficient to keep insurers providing service.

The City of Dubuque is broadening its efforts to become more sustainable. The city council has created a new Resilient Community Advisory Commission with nine members.

Michelle O'Neill reports it replaces the the city's Environmental Stewardship Advisory Commission.


Eastern Iowa democrats are asking residents for support during the legislative session that begins Monday, with republicans in control.

Michelle O'Neill reports State Senator Rob Hogg, State Senator Rita Hart, and State Representative Phyllis Thede plan to "play defense" but also push their own goals.


Senate Democratic Leader Hogg, from Cedar Rapids, is concerned the GOP will try to pass a photo I.D. requirement to vote. But up to 7% of Iowa residents don't have drivers licenses.

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A Davenport church will soon start growing fruit and vegetables, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Third Missionary Baptist Church kicked off the project as part of a deal between the National Baptist Convention and the USDA. 

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Iowans made their voices heard last night as they chose who they feel will be the next President of the United States. In Keokuk, passions rose high as they picked who they wanted to lead the country for the next four years. Illinois Public Radio's T.J. Carson starts our story.

LIVE: Iowa Caucus Coverage Tonight at 8

Feb 1, 2016

NPR’s Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish will host our live coverage of the Iowa Caucuses begin at 8 p.m. and continue until results are in. The special will feature candidate speeches, interviews, and analysis from NPR's National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson, Senior Washington Editor and Correspondent Ron Elving and Political Director Domenico Montanaro, along with polling insights from Democratic Pollster Anna Greenberg of Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research and Republican Pollster Patrick Ruffini of Echelon Insights.

Illinois Commerce Commission Defends Clean Line Position

Dec 3, 2015

This week, the Illinois Commerce Commission defended its decision to grant a Texas-based company status as a public utility. On Tuesday, a lawyer representing ComEd, farmers, and landowners was the first to speak during oral arguments before the Third District Appellate Court, followed by lawyers for the commission and Rock Island Clean Line. Illinois Public Radio's Michelle O'Neill reports the company must also obtain public utility status from the Iowa Utilities Board before it can build a high voltage power line from northwestern Iowa to northeastern Illinois. 


No comment from Deere as union contract expires

Sep 29, 2015

With one day to go, there's still no word on negotiations affecting thousands of workers in Iowa and Illinois. The current six-year contract between Deere and Company and the United Auto Workers Union is set to expire at midnight tomorrow night.

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A group of organizations from Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota are speaking out as a unified coalition against the proposed Bakken Oil Pipeline project. The organizations include environmental groups Food and Water Watch and Shawnee Forest Sentinels and social action groups Dakota Rural Action and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. They want each state's utility regulators to consider testimony and evidence from the other affected states and to look at the financial status of Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company behind the pipeline projec

The Cobble Climb

May 26, 2015
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One of the extra events during the annual Snake Alley Criterium in Burlington also involves a climb up a steep alley.  But unlike Snake Alley’s winding path, this alley challenges riders with a straight climb of 60 feet over a single city block.

It’s called the Cobble Climb.

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees has approved a 5% tuition hike for incoming undergraduate students next year.