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Illinois Issues: A Master Of Compromise Exits

Former Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno reflects on her tenure. It's the last Monday in August, and lawmakers have gathered in Springfield for an eleventh-hour vote on education funding, in the hopes of releasing long-awaited money to state schools as academic years are beginning. But former Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno is at home, preparing to rush off to O'Hare International Airport on a trip to see her daughter and grandchildren in Arizona. Radogno, the first

Illinois Issues: No Money For Shoes

Illinois' child poverty rate is just as high as it was in 2010. Is the state doing enough to bring it down?

WATCH-LISTEN: State Budget Forum - Macomb

NPR Illinois and Tri States Public Radio host the seventh Illinois Issues Forum on the state's financial health and the lasting impacts of the two-year-long state budget impasse.

WATCH: State Budget Forum - Bloomington-Normal

NPR Illinois and WGLT host the sixth Illinois Issues Forum on the state's financial health and the lasting impacts of the two-year-long state budget impasse.

Illinois Issues: Cairo Faces Public Housing Crisis

Southern Illinois city's residents grapple with planned closure of public housing complexes.

WATCH-LISTEN: State Budget Forum - Chicago

NPR Illinois hosted its fifth Illinois Issues forum August 9 at the Union League Club of Chicago. The listening tour of the state focuses on the financial health of Illinois and the lasting impacts of the two-year-long state budget impasse.

Illinois Issues: ERA — Yesterday And Today

Illinois remains a battleground over women's rights. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. — The proposed Equal Rights Amendment. It might sound simple. It's not.

Illinois Issues: The Experts' Take On The Budget

We talked to leaders at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and The Civic Federation to learn about their insights on the state's first spending plan in more than two years.

WATCH-LISTEN: Peoria State Budget Forum

NPR Illinois continued its listening tour on the state's fiscal health co-hosting an Illinois Issues Forum in Peoria on July 20. Community members attended to tell how they have been impacted by the state budget impasse.

Illinois Issues: The Prairie State's Nuclear Waste Conundrum

The Land of Lincoln is the country's largest de facto nuclear waste dump. Under a federal measure passed 30 years ago, the spent fuel from America's nuclear reactors is supposed to be permanently buried out in the Mojave Desert, tucked deep under a mountain, far from any population center and easily guarded. In reality, though, that radioactive waste – tens of thousands of tons of it – is sitting in temporary storage at dozens of current and former nuclear power sites all over the country, as it has been for decades. The largest portion of it is divided among seven sites that dot the nation's fifth-largest state: Illinois. The story of how the Land of Lincoln became the nation's biggest de facto nuclear waste dump is a tale of public fear, political pragmatism and the power of NIMBY ( Not In My Back Yard ). It's a story that radiates political irony. Among those responsible for Illinois' atomic dilemma is the state's favorite son, Barack Obama, who scuttled a decades-old project that

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