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The People Spoke — And We Listened

A statewide series of forums this year found plenty of concern about the direction Illinois is heading. But we also found work is being done at the local level to solve some of the problems.

Survey Shows Voters Favor Pritzker In Governor's Race, But Many Are Still Undecided

The 2018 Illinois Issues Survey produced by the UIS Center for State Policy & Leadership's Survey Research Office and NPR Illinois shows dissatisfaction with state government, as nearly 3 out of 4 respondents feel the state is on the wrong track. That sentiment appears to be impacting the race for governor.

Survey Shows Voters Favor Pritzker In Governor's Race, But Many Are Still Undecided

The Janus Effect: Will Mainly African American Women Pay?

Some experts say black women may bear the brunt if union membership declines or financial support lessens as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, which decreed that public sector unions can no longer force workers they represent to pay fees in leiu of union dues. But conservative groups say the cost is justified to protect workers' free speech rights.

Could One Answer To Teacher Shortage Be Right Under Our Nose?

Like most states, Illinois is struggling with a severe teacher shortage. And, also like most states, that shortage is felt most profoundly in the area of special education. There is, however, an army of teacher assistants already on the job. Could they help relieve this shortage?

WATCH-LISTEN: Seeking Solutions to Workforce Struggles - Champaign

Economic growth, a changing workforce, and new innovations were discussed at the forum in Champaign.

The Attorney General Race: Talk About The Speaker Dominates

Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan's decision to not seek re-election after nearly 15 years in office drew a plethora of candidates to the ballot. The last three standing, Republican nominee Erika Harold, Democratic candidate Kwame Raoul and Libertarian Bubba Harsy, continue to battle it out with just nine weeks until the general election.

WATCH-LISTEN: Election 2018 Forum Bloomington

What is the lasting impact of the budget impasse on higher education? Explore this topic and more with NPR Illinois at the Election 2018: Seeking Solutions Forum in Bloomington, Illinois at the Normal Theater. The forum is September 4 with light refreshments being served at 5:30 PM and the discussion beginning at 6. The panelists will be answering questions from the moderator and from the audience during the one-hour question and answer forum. NPR Illinois News Director Sean Crawford moderates

The People vs. The Budget

When it comes to state spending, Illinois politicians are giving voters what they want. That's the problem.

WATCH-LISTEN: Election 2018 Forum Carbondale

Are Illinois residents able to readily and fairly access healthcare and education? Is there equal opportunity for economic growth? Explore these topics and more with NPR Illinois at the Election 2018: Seeking Solutions Forum in Carbondale, Illinois at The Varsity Center. The forum is August 30th with light refreshments being served at 5:30 PM and the discussion beginning at 6. The panelists will be answering questions from the moderator and from the audience during the one-hour question and

WATCH-LISTEN: Election 2018 Forum Rockford

Panelists in Rockford discussed the challenges faced by small businesses - including economic growth and workforce needs.

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