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Friend: Mundelein man killed in Champaign shooting was studying to be a doctor

Friend: Mundelein man killed in Champaign shooting was studying to be a doctor

By Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas | Chicago Tribune
September 25
Filed under State

A Mundelein man was killed in a shooting near the University of Illinois in Champaign that left three others wounded early Sunday, authorities said. Champaign police say the first shooting, about 12:40 a.m., apparently stemmed from an argument shortly after midnight at an apartment party on Green Street,...

1 dead, 4 wounded in shootings near University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

1 dead, 4 wounded in shootings near University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

By Staff report
September 25
Filed under State

One man died and four others were wounded Sunday morning in shootings near the University of Illinois in Champaign, police there said. Champaign police say an argument at a party in the 300 block of East Green Street spilled outside, where a fight broke out and shots were fired. Police responded...

Illinois state senator warns of more stopgap state budgets

Illinois state senator warns of more stopgap state budgets

By Bob Okon | Morris Daily Herald, Ill.
September 25
Filed under State

JOLIET — Illinois may be operating on stopgap budgets into 2019, a local legislator warned last week. "I want to be blunt with you," state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, told the Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees at their Sept. 13 meeting. "I hear from more and more of my colleagues that we...

Downstate limps along as job growth concentrates in northern Illinois

Downstate limps along as job growth concentrates in northern Illinois

By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz | Chicago Tribune
September 22
Filed under State

Unemployment rates dropped in August in nearly all Illinois metro areas compared with the year before, but job growth was concentrated in northern parts of the state while much of downstate continued to limp along. The Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights metro division saw its unemployment rate fall...

Gov. Rauner talks budget, pensions, bicentennial on first Facebook Live

Gov. Rauner talks budget, pensions, bicentennial on first Facebook Live

By The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill.
September 21
Filed under State

Gov. Bruce Rauner answered questions about state government issues and revealed some new plans about Illinois' 200th birthday party during his first-ever Facebook Live appearance on Tuesday. Rauner spent 30 minutes talking on the social media website's popular live video feature. The video stream...

Pain pill industry gives $5.15 million to Illinois politicians

Pain pill industry gives $5.15 million to Illinois politicians

By Joseph Bustos and Casey Bischel | Belleville News-Democrat
September 19
Filed under State

From 2006 to 2015, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, received more than $290,000 in campaign contributions from the Pain Care Forum, a collection of pharmaceutical companies and other industry groups. The forum, which consists of drug makers and opioid-friendly nonprofits, aims to influence...

University of Chicago takes No. 3 spot on list of best universities in nation

University of Chicago takes No. 3 spot on list of best universities in nation

By Leonor Vivanco | Chicago Tribune
September 16
Filed under State

Three Illinois schools rank among the top 50 best national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings to be released Tuesday. The University of Chicago moved up a notch to No. 3 on the list, tied with Yale University. Princeton University was the top college, followed by Harvard...

Uninsured rate drops again in Illinois after Obamacare takes effect

Uninsured rate drops again in Illinois after Obamacare takes effect

By Lisa Schencker | Chicago Tribune
September 14
Filed under State

The number of Illinois residents without health insurance dipped below the 1 million mark last year after implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to Census Bureau data released Tuesday. About 900,000 Illinoisans, or 7.1 percent of state residents, lacked health insurance in 2015. That's...

Illinois governor policies hit during rally pushing liberal views on labor, wages, poverty, education

Illinois governor policies hit during rally pushing liberal views on labor, wages, poverty, education

By Dean Olsen | The State Journal-Register
September 13
Filed under State

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's efforts to cut social-service costs in the state budget came under attack Monday during a rally mostly dedicated to combating "extremism" in the political system nationwide. "What Gov. Rauner and legislators who stand with him are doing in our state is shocking, inhuman...

Conference boosts Illinois-Japan ties

Conference boosts Illinois-Japan ties

By Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Ill.
September 13
Filed under State

Gov. Bruce Rauner attended the annual Midwest-U.S. Japan Association Conference in St. Louis on Monday. The conference brings together government and business leaders from the Midwest and Japan to discuss ways to strengthen the relationship between the region and Asian country. "There is no greater...

Illinois public universities have fluctuating enrollment after difficult year

Illinois public universities have fluctuating enrollment after difficult year

By Dawn Rhodes and Kate Thayer | Chicago Tribune
September 9
Filed under State

The University of Illinois announced Thursday its largest freshman class in history, but regional public universities statewide are facing steep enrollment declines this fall, with freshman classes down as much as 25 percent from last year. Figures released this week, based on student enrollment on...

Illinois pension crisis builds as market turmoil deals a setback

Illinois pension crisis builds as market turmoil deals a setback

By Elizabeth Campbell | Bloomberg News
September 8
Filed under State

CHICAGO — Illinois's lackluster investment gains are making its most notorious problem — pension debt — even worse. The state with the least-funded retirement system in the U.S. may see next year's contributions jump by nearly half a billion dollars after its largest pension, the Teachers' Retirement...

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