The Illinois Capitol breathed a sigh of relief this summer when Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled legislature agreed on a state budget. But most Illinois voters say they’re not sure the deal will solve the state’s $1.2 billion deficit and other fiscal woes. That’s according to a new survey of registered voters conducted by AARP Illinois.

Last year, NPR Illinois toured the state in partnership with NPR member stations to hear how the two-year state budget impasse impacted communities in Illinois. The adoption of a budget provided some clarity for those affected but many challenges remain.

Seniors in southern Illinois are calling on Illinois legislators to halt Governor Bruce Rauner's plan to change senior care.

Rauner's proposal will change the Community Care Program, slashing a possible 120 million dollars and calling it the Community Reinvestment Program.


Nominations are being sought for those who donate their time and energy to improve the lives of others.

Fifty of Illinois' "unsung heroes" are being recognized for their work helping nonprofits, arts and culture, and small businesses in their communities with a special emphasis on those who can think outside the box and find creative ways to make Illinois a better place.

Illinois retirees' would lose their tax break, if lawmakers sign onto the recommendation of a nonpartisan government research group. But the plan has fallen flat before.