Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked a full appellate court in Chicago to rehear his appeal after three judges recently overturned five of his 18 corruption convictions. The imprisoned Democrat's lawyers filed the request Tuesday with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
You may be asking: How did Illinois get to this point?
The month of July has come and gone and there is still no agreement between the Legislature and Governor Rauner on a state budget for the current fiscal year. Kent Redfield, emeritus professor of Political Science at UIS, joins the panel this week.
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The heavily debated package is a point of contention among the candidates.
Right out of the starting blocks, the presidential campaign of Donald Trump has been headline-making controversial — with stories of the candidate remarking on rape, expressing disgust with a nursing mother and calling into question Sen. John McCain's heroism as a prisoner of war.The Hillary Clinton campaign has already had its share of oddities, as well. More than 50 percent of Americans say they do not trust her, CNN reports: "And it's likely the result of the weight of several problems...
Last anybody heard, Gov. Bruce Rauner wanted to cut higher education spending drastically, by more than 30 percent. But with the budget stalled in the legislature, colleges have no idea how much money they’ll get. James Applegate, director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, says this kind of chaos costs money. “This is an extremely inefficient way to run a shop,” he says.
The state fair in Springfield and the Du Quoin State Fair are scheduled to begin in August. But if there is no state budget in place, it's unclear how entertainment and vendors would be paid.
Alex Landau, who is black, was raised by his adoptive white parents to believe that skin color didn't matter. But when Alex was pulled over by Denver police officers one night in 2009, he lost his belief in a color-blind world — and nearly lost his life.In an animation by our friends over at StoryCorps, Landau recalls how police officers responded to his request for a warrant: with blows to the face that took 45 stitches to close up, and a gun held to his head.Landau, who was a college...