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A higher education professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says the tax cut bill working through congress is a bad deal for students.

An Illinois pediatricians’ group is calling on Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

Jenny Pinkwater is executive director of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She says the CHIP program helps children of the working poor.

John B. Anderson, who represented northern Illinois for two decades in Congress and ran an independent campaign for President, died Sunday at his home in Washington.

His family announced the death in a statement.

Entering the U.S. House in 1961, he was an ultraconservative supporter of the Barry Goldwater wing of the Republican Party and initially a staunch opponent of many of the Great Society programs of President Lyndon Johnson.

University of Illinois media professor Jay Rosenstein has been a longtime critic of the amount of money spent on athletics on the Urbana campus.

Now he’s published a series of articles that show that millions of taxpayer dollars are spent on U of I athletics each year, despite longtime claims to the contrary.

If you drive along the two lane back roads of northern Illinois these days, you’re likely to see farm fields that just a few weeks ago had row upon row of corn. Now, in those fields machines are turning laps leaving just the stub of a corn stalk. Illinois Public Radio's Brian O'Keefe has a look at this years whiskey crop...

A Republican congressman from Illinois says there are benefits for the GOP-led House having President Donald Trump in office.

But , Congressman John Shimkus says the nation's Capital is still getting used to the president's style.

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Illinois Public Radio's Judy Valente talks with Poet Laureate Kevin Stein, after he announced his intention to step down from the role.

Dozens of state employee union members and Northern Illinois University employees protested Monday on the DeKalb campus.

They came in support of a fair initial contract between AFSCME and NIU. Protestors marched in the turn-around outside Altgeld Hall on campus.

AFSCME members have been negotiating with NIU officials since February 2016. Since then, union members filed unfair labor practice charges against NIU and recently won a case regarding parking pass rate increases.

When the Illinois General Assembly approved a budget last summer . . . they also agreed to cut back on the state's contribution to the pension systems.  But, this move might have unintended consequences.

Governor Bruce Rauner is criticizing Illinois lawmakers for passing “hurried” ethics legislation last week.

As the recent flood of sexual harassment stories reached the Illinois Statehouse, it came out that the job of chief ethics investigator for the legislature had sat vacant for nearly three years.

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With a national focus on gun violence, some Illinois lawmakers say now is the time for change.

Despite recent mass shootings, the legislature's fall veto session ended without any changes to gun laws in the state.

Women in the Illinois Senate plan to advance their voices in leadership with the creation of their own caucus.

Women on both sides of the aisle say they’ve had a significant role in crafting policy, but may not always get the credit they deserve.

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A member of the Illini Democrats opened the candidates forum Monday night, with a line sure to please the party faithful:

The Illinois Senate is voting to extend the statute of limitations for misconduct claims in the legislature.

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Governor Bruce Rauner has declared a “harvest emergency” across Illinois.

The designation means trucks carrying grain can exceed weight limits by 10 percent.


The Illinois General Assembly has finally chosen someone to investigate ethics complaints against state legislators and staff. The position had been vacant for nearly three years.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives says she’s taking on Governor Bruce Rauner in the upcoming Republican primary.

The former Wheaton city councilwoman and West Point graduate acknowledges it will be tough going up against Rauner’s vast personal wealth. But she says the governor has betrayed Republican principles, and wants to give voters a choice.

Watch the tenth Illinois Issues forum on the state budget and Illinois' financial future in Carbondale, Illinois. The forum is hosted by NPR Illinois and WSIU Radio with support provided by AARP. 

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois is backing an effort to expand background checks for firearms.


The Illinois House Thursday tried - and failed - to ban the gun modification known as a "bump stock."

The legislation was a response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The Illinois House dealt a series of rebukes to Governor Bruce Rauner Wednesday.

Republicans joined Democrats to override nearly a dozen of the governor’s vetoes.

Some of the nation’s largest school districts have reported computers being hacked.

These attacks are also happening closer to home.

Someone has been posting flyers promoting a white-supremacist group across the Northern Illinois University campus, Acting President Lisa Freeman informed the community by email Tuesday.

She said the flyers are being removed as they are discovered because they violate the NIU posting policy.

“Hatred is not something that aligns with the principles of NIU,” Freeman wrote.

Newly-released campaign finance reports show it’ll take a lot of money to be the next governor of Illinois.

Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar dropped out of the governor’s race last week because he couldn’t raise enough money.

The state of Illinois has taken another step toward improving its financial situation — selling bonds to help pay down the backlog of overdue bills.

The labor union representing Illinois prison guards says assaults on staff are way up - and state officials aren't doing enough about it.

Roberta Lynch is the head of AFSCME. She says too often, the Department of Corrections only increases staff or repairs equipment AFTER correctional officers are assaulted.

A public defender entered a “not guilty” plea Wednesday for Brendt Christensen, the 28-year-old man accused of kidnapping and killing Yingying Zhang. The brief arraignment hearing before Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long at the federal courthouse in Urbana came after an emotional outburst from Yingying’s mother.

A new measure has been introduced in Illinois as a response to the deadly summer rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. La Shawn Ford, a House Democrat from Chicago - is the sponsor of what is called the "Abolition of Confederate Symbols Act." He says no monument or image honoring the Confederate States should be on public property. 

A federal grand jury now accuses the alleged kidnapper of Yingying Zhang of murdering her as well.

A majority of the Democratic candidates running for Illinois governor took the stage during a forum Tuesday at Northern Illinois University. The five Democrats had a common target for much of the evening: incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.