Illinois' top political leaders remain divided. There are only eight days left for them to reach a budget deal. It's crunch time for the General Assembly. "It is critically important that we complete this task within the next eight days or it becomes much more difficult," Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno said Monday. More difficult, because it takes a supermajority -- rather than a simple one -- to pass a budget after the end of this month. Gov. Bruce Rauner has gone out of his way...
A Springfield State Representative says he's not overly optimistic a full budget deal can be agreed to before the scheduled end of the legislature's spring session May 31. Republican Tim Butler says 11 months into the budget impasse, some of the same obstacles remain.
The state’s heroin crisis has captured headlines and the attention of lawmakers. But in the past few years, the number of methamphetamine lab busts has crept back up, and law enforcement officials say the drug is also coming into the state from Mexico.
Right outside of Springfield, in New Berlin, is a rolling landscape of over 100 acres of farmland. The llamas and alpacas are some of the first things you'll see to know you've arrived at Jubilee Farm.
Donald Trump has knocked out all of his rivals for the Republican nomination, but you wouldn't know it by looking at his campaign schedule.The real estate developer is setting out on his biggest campaign swing since becoming the de facto nominee – and he's still focused on primary states. New Mexico, California, Montana aren't exactly general election battlegrounds, but they're all places where Trump is going this week."Obviously he's going to be the nominee anyway, but this keeps voter...
Thousands of union members rallied against Gov. Bruce Rauner's pro-business, anti-union agenda, and the legislative leaders met with the governor. But is Illinois any closer to ending the historic budget standoff? (Spoiler alert: No.) Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler, Amanda Vinicky and Brian Mackey, and guest Doug Finke, a reporter and columnist with The State Journal-Register in Springfield.
It’s not often that students get to shape university policy, but that’s just what happened today at a meeting of the University of Illinois' Board of Trustees. Thanks to a change in the university’s strategic plan proposed by a student member of the U-I Board of Trustees, University of Illinois officials are being encouraged to think about race in a new way.
This episode, Keil and Rachel head to Jubilee Farm, just outside of Springfield in New Berlin. They meet with the Catholic Dominican Sisters who operate the site which focuses on ecology and spirituality. It's over 100 acres and is home to llamas, alpacas and gardens.
Traditional accounts of American history are sorely missing first-person narratives and retellings of stories belonging to gay, black men. So says Kevin Mumford, director of graduate studies and professor of history at the U of I at Urbana-Champaign.
NPR Illinois' Sean Crawford talks with the State Journal-Register's Business Editor Tim Landis: