This week, we'll celebrate Lincoln's Birthday. Should President Obama also get a holiday in his home state? Some lawmakers think so.
Commentary — Might we be seeing light at the end of the tunnel? Or is it the headlamps of the ongoing train wreck that is Illinois, picking up speed? Such questions came to mind listening to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address last week.
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Money keeps state government going. From services to employee paychecks. So, how does the State of Illinois function when it's piling up more bills than it can cover?
Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants to get the state out of legal agreements called consent decrees. The deals are a big part of the reason the government is still operating without a budget; they also impact the lives of thousands of Illinois residents. But unless you are affected by one, you've probably never heard of them.
Comedy and race will meet head-on at this year's Academy Awards. Amid calls to boycott the Oscars over its lack of diversity, the host is one of today's most provocative black comedians. You can just feel the audacious Chris Rock rubbing his hands together in excitement.The first time Rock hosted the Oscars, in 2005, there were four black nominees. Rock called it "kind of like the Def Oscar Jam." But even then, he noted complaints that "Hollywood is out of touch with the rest of the country."...
With the state budget impasse ongoing, lack of money continues to affect Illinois colleges and universities as well as Chicago Public Schools. Chris Mooney, director of the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs, joins the panel.
Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan today announced that he will re-convene hearings on the state’s education funding formula. The state's current formula relies heavily on property taxes, creating a big disparity among schools based on their geographic location. Some districts can spend more than $32,000 per student every year, while others scrape by on a fraction of that amount.
Stephen Houldsworth is a self-described "grumpy old gay man" (though his life's work aimed at bettering society suggests that characterization should be taken with a grain or two of salt.) His one-man performance involves a collection of stories about family, AIDS, race, and mosh-pits.
Chicago State University won’t have funds to operate by March 1 if state money is not released, officials there have said. Rep. Andre Thapedi, a Chicago Democrat, has sponsored legislation to have $25 million from the state go to predominantly minority public colleges. That would effect Chicago State University and several community colleges. Those colleges have minority enrollment of at least 75 percent. Thapedi said he sponsored the legislation because schools with large minority populatio...
Maureen Foertsch McKinney
The monthly Flash Index provides a snapshot of the Illinois economy. In December, that picture showed the slowest economic growth the state has seen since March of 2013.