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Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner used his veto authority to make big changes to a small clean-up bill that’s necessary to enact school funding reform. Democrats who pushed the reform warned that Rauner’s action could derail the bipartisan effort to make school funding more equitable. As it turns out, they’re not the only ones upset about it.

Winter Storm Warning for Parts of Region

Jan 10, 2018

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THURSDAY TO 9 PM FRIDAY FOR MUCH OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND THE MISSOURI BOOTHEEL.

Hundreds Attend Cairo Job and Resource Fair

Jan 10, 2018
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

Job seekers of all ages  mingled with employers and workforce agencies Wednesday at a job and resource fair in Cairo, sponsored by the Alexander County Housing Authority.  

Lisa Childs, Principal of Cairo Junior and Senior High Schools brought several Seniors to the event and they were very eager to get started with life after high school. 

Cairo resident Tyrell  Harris was very optimistic about finding a job.  He also mentioned that there were some social service agencies  at the fair offering transportation solutions to those who do not have reliable transportation. 

Stalking Awareness Month
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

January is Stalking Awareness Month and Union County States attorney Tyler Edmonds wants the public to know how dangerous this can be.

Millions of people are victims of some type of stalking every year.

State of Illinois
Andrew Gill/WBEZ

Lawmakers are scheduled to question members of Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration about the deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

Advocates for youth are urging Illinois to end the incarceration of young people in large facilities. They say these settings do not address their needs and safety concerns.

Influenza is hitting Illinois a little harder this flu season.

More cases of the flu are being  confirmed now than at the same time last year.

SSM Health is reviewing its security procedures after discovering that a former employee with its customer service call center inappropriately accessed patient medical records between Feb. 13 and Oct. 20, 2017.

When a police officer is injured, getting them medical help is expected.  But what about when that officer is a K-9?  A new Illinois law allows E-M-T's to transport the dog to a veterinarian for treatment. 

A new law allowing public funding of abortion in Illinois will take effect as scheduled on January 1. That’s after a judge on Thursday ruled against anti-abortion groups who’d sued to block it.

A law taking effect January first is meant to force Illinois government to be more honest about its money problems.

Housing
Brad Palmer, WSIU

An Illinois panel is expected to hear a case against a troubled public housing authority facing allegations of unfair labor.

Beginning in 2018, insurance companies must become more diligent in notifying beneficiaries of life insurance policies

While across the country hate crime rates rose after the presidential election, Illinois has passed some laws addressing the issue. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center and FBI statistics - the last quarter of 2016 saw hate crimes go up more than 25% in the U.S.

State of Illinois
Andrew Gill/WBEZ

Illinois public health officials delayed informing the public for nearly a week about a deadly 2015 Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a state veterans’ home in Quincy despite knowing the facility was facing “the beginning of an epidemic,” according to internal emails from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office obtained by WBEZ.

Much of the federal government could shut down this Saturday, unless Congress votes to pass a new government funding bill.

Illinois lawmakers acted quickly last month in response to sexual harassment allegations at the statehouse.  But several female legislators say this isn't a quick fix.  They say the process was rushed and not enough thought was given to explore alternative options.

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat, says the new policies were not inclusive of everyone affected by the issue—such as legislative staff and lobbyists. She says she hopes newly formed legislative task forces in the House and Senate will resolve this concern. 

Debate over SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno’s proposed campus reorganization got heated as the university’s trustees met in Carbondale.

Building
Andrew Gill/WBEZ

Dozens of elderly residents who come from all over the state to live at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy have fallen ill over the last three years. 13 have died. The problem is Legionnaires’ disease, a form of pneumonia.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation aimed at combatting fraudulent opioid prescriptions by requiring drug prescribers to use a database containing patient prescription histories.

SIU Trustees are getting their first detailed look at the campus reorganization proposal for Carbondale - and along with it some opinions on both sides of the plan.

SIU Trustees meet in Carbondale this week, where they're expected to hear from Chancellor Carlo Montemagno on his campus reorganization proposal.

Several areas throughout Illinois are experiencing heightened flu activity and one preliminary report shows the flu vaccine may only be 10% effective.  

An Illinois purchasing monitor canceled a $12.5 million contract Tuesday that Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration signed, saying it should have been offered to the highest and best bidder.

The Illinois budget crisis could be driving inmates to drink, a prisons official said Tuesday.

Corey Knop told lawmakers he's seen more bootleg alcohol at the prison in Sumner than at any time in his nearly two decades with the Department of Corrections.

Politics
Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

The Senate is debating its tax overhaul bill. To pass it, the Republicans need strong party unity and leaders have been working on changes to firm up support among uncommitted lawmakers, as the GOP can only afford two no votes from its party and still pass the legislation. But even if the Senate does pass the bill by the end of the week, it will have to reconcile its version with the House's. Watch the debate unfold.

Illinois’ senior Republican Congressman has declined to endorse Governor Bruce Rauner in next year's primary election.

Honeywell to Idle Metropolis Plant

Nov 20, 2017

Honeywell says it is idling its plant in the southern Illinois city of Metropolis and reducing the workforce by 170 employees along with contractor positions.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza about the state's record bill backlog, and other financial issues.

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