On Feb. 12 -- Abraham Lincoln's birthday -- officials released plans to salute another President with state ties. Just days ago, on Wed., Feb. 10, President Barack Obama gave a major speech in Springfield, at the capitol, where he'd once served in the state Senate. "Thank you for such a warm welcome as I come back home," he said to legislators' applause and hoots. Days later, the mayor, governor and secretary of state announced a project to salute Obama's time in the capital city. In a...
Historically, Illinois has been a leading state in refugee resettlement, but lately it seems less welcoming to some.
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In many states, including Illinois, Abraham Lincoln's February twelfth birthday is a holiday. But it's not in others. The federal government has never declared it a national holiday, despite one man's lifelong efforts.
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.
Dr. Paul Kalanithi was preparing to wrap up his medical residency in neurosurgery when, in 2013, a CT scan revealed tumors throughout his body. He had stage 4 lung cancer.In his last two years of life, he continued caring for patients. He and his wife became parents. And Kalanithi, a gifted writer, wrote a book, When Breath Becomes Air, a reflection on being a doctor with a terminal illness.He died March 9, 2015. He was 37 years old.His widow, Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, is on a book tour for When...
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...
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.