The end of the month -- and a major deadline for getting a state budget passed -- is getting ever closer. Gov. Bruce Rauner is standing firm. He says he'll agree to raising taxes, if Democrats agree with his pro-business, union-weakening agenda. Lawmakers continue to negotiate those items in private. Representative Dan Brady, a Republican from Bloomington, is part of the talks. He says the issues are "tender." "You know the important part is that we continue to discuss, we continue to have...
As the regular spring legislative session nears an end, lawmakers will be pushing to get their bills to the governor’s desk. You can keep track of proposals of note with the Legislative Checklist.
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.
It's been a year since the state Supreme Court found Illinois' big pension law unconstitutional, and an attempt to get a new law passed is stalled. Lawmakers' goal is to reduce the state's expenses for its vastly underfunded pensions. The court says it's illegal to do it by reducing an employees' retirement benefits. Senate President John Cullerton and Governor Bruce Rauner think they have a way around that. The idea is to push employees to opt-in to earning a lesser pension benefits; those...
It feels like Illinois is lost without a map these days. The current quiet drive is trying to navigate the fog but has been slow moving as of late. An additional $60,000 is needed to reach goal by next Tuesday (May 31). If we're still short of our destination then, we'll go into OVERDRIVE June 1. I am so appreciative for the Calendar Club members and other donors who support NPR Illinois. I hear this sentiment from staff, members, and listeners. It's what makes public radio special. You hear...
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: