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Appeals court reopens door to Election Day voter registration in Illinois

Appeals court reopens door to Election Day voter registration in Illinois

By Rick Pearson | Chicago Tribune
October 5, 2016
Filed under State

Same-day voter registration in Illinois is back for now after a federal appeals court on Tuesday stayed a judge's order that blocked the practice for the Nov. 8 election. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asked attorneys to file briefs by Thursday on why the case should face an expedited appeal. On...

Illinois treasurer, Hillary Clinton take aim at Wells Fargo over scandal

Illinois treasurer, Hillary Clinton take aim at Wells Fargo over scandal

By Rick Rothacker | The Charlotte Observer
October 3, 2016
Filed under State

The fallout over a fake accounts scandal widened Monday for Wells Fargo, with officials in Illinois pulling business from the bank and Democrat Hillary Clinton targeting the company on the presidential campaign trail. Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs on Monday said he was suspending $30 billion...

Arrest warrant issued for suspect, 18, in deadly shooting near U. of I.

Arrest warrant issued for suspect, 18, in deadly shooting near U. of I.

By Tony Briscoe | Chicago Tribune
September 28, 2016
Filed under State

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for an 18-year-old Champaign man who is believed to be the gunman in a fatal shooting near the University of Illinois campus over the weekend. The Champaign Police Department announced at a press conference Wednesday morning that they are working with area...

Only 86 freshmen at Chicago State University, as total enrollment drops 25 percent

Only 86 freshmen at Chicago State University, as total enrollment drops 25 percent

By Dawn Rhodes | Chicago Tribune
September 27, 2016
Filed under State

Chicago State University enrolled just 86 freshmen this fall, an alarming drop as the embattled public institution faces an uncertain future. Overall, the university now has fewer than half the number of total students it did six years ago. There are 3,578 students taking classes at the Far South...

As Illinois’ coal country teeters on brink, next president may tip balance

As Illinois’ coal country teeters on brink, next president may tip balance

By John Keilman | Chicago Tribune
September 27, 2016
Filed under State

GALATIA, Ill. — Some 600 feet beneath the corn and soybean fields of southern Illinois, a passageway barely tall enough to walk through ends in a wall of gleaming black carbon, ready to be ground into chunks and transported to power plants half a world away. This is a coal mine, and for more than...

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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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...

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