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WATCH-LISTEN: Seeking Solutions on State's Fiscal Health

Watch the first Illinois Issues Forum from Springfield. Our 2018 election coverage starts discussing the fiscal health of Illinois. This forum is produced and hosted by NPR Illinois with support provided by AARP Illinois. Jim Edgar, Retired, Illinois Governor / Visiting Senior Fellow, University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) Donne Trotter, Retired, Illinois State Senator Beverly Bunch, PhD, Professor, University of Illinois Springfield / State Budget Research Team

Reporter Takes Deep-Dive Into Illini Country In Search Of Chief

Chris Quintana covers the "culture wars" on college campuses and other news for The Chronicle of Higher Education . He was intrigued by the story of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's one-time icon, Chief Illiniwek. Quintana visited the school and surrounding area for a story released earlier this year .

Outside The Big Box: Repurposing Vacant Space In Illinois

As more retail chains shut down, cities across Illinois figure out what to do with millions of square feet of empty space.

Reporter Finds Carrying A Gun Carries Weighty Responsibility

In the wake of mass shootings comes the debate around gun laws. This week, I explore a different angle: the personal responsibility of carrying a firearm. I'm a sixth-generation descendant on my family farm. Hunting, guns — they were just a part of my life growing up in the country. I always knew where my dad's guns were, and he taught me how to handle them safely at a young age. But now, as a single mother of twins who lives roughly 30 minutes from any type of condensed population, guns could

Gubernatorial Candidates Have Fence-Mending Ahead

Last month, the state's voters decided on the Republican and Democratic nominees for governor. But with the primaries behind them, the winners still have to convince those who wanted someone else at the top of the ticket.

Illinois Takes On Sexual Harassment

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, state lawmakers have tried to address sexual harassment in a variety of ways. We explore what's been done and what some say may be ahead.

On Y-Block Plans, Governor At Odds With Local Businesses

Pickup trucks and construction equipment crowd the lawn of the Illinois Executive Mansion and the block across the street. Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, have raised the money for the $15 million mansion makeover, which is slated to be complete by the end of the summer. And the governor is eyeing the city-owned block, dubbed the "Y-block" for the YWCA that used to sit there, as an extension of that project. The vision is for open greenspace on the 2.35-acre lot with fountains, tall trees

Rauner's Uphill Climb To A Second Term

Commentary: Insights from the 2018 primary election "Is this embattled Republican governor toast?" — Natasha Korecki, Politico "Is Gov. Bruce Rauner a lame duck limping?" — Chuck Sweeny, Rockford Register Star "Illinois Gov Bruce Rauner is dead meat" — Dennis Byrne, ChicagoNow November 6 is still quite a ways away, but as the writers and pundits suggest, Gov. Bruce Rauner has a long uphill climb in front of him if he hopes to convince Illinois voters to give him a second term after narrowly

Is Illinois Ready For A Retail Shift?

As big box stores continue to close, some worry Illinois isn't ready for the changing economy.

Money And The Legal Weed Debate In Illinois

Lawmakers see chance for green with recreational marijuana. Marijuana legalization is getting another look in Illinois, particularly for the money it could bring the state. The state has overdue bills nearing $9 billion after a more than two-year budget stalemate, and some argue a little extra cash could go a long way. State Sen. Heather Steans and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, both Democrats from Chicago, proposed a measure to legalize possession of up to 28 grams of cannabis for adults 21 years or

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