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University of Illinois leaders to get $175,000 in bonuses

University of Illinois leaders to get $175,000 in bonuses

By Jodi S. Cohen | Chicago Tribune
September 8
Filed under State

CHICAGO — University of Illinois trustees on Thursday approved $175,000 in performance bonuses for two of its top administrators, an amount that is part of their employment agreements but could rankle some during a time of financial uncertainty. President Timothy Killeen will receive $100,000, while...

New Illinois law to teach drivers what to do if stopped by police

New Illinois law to teach drivers what to do if stopped by police

By Duaa Eldeib | Chicago Tribune
September 7
Filed under State

A new Illinois law aims to help drivers answer the timely question of what to do if stopped by police. The measure comes amid heightened tension in Chicago and across the nation over how traffic stops can go terribly wrong — and in the worst cases turn deadly. Targeting the newest and youngest...

13 people killed in Chicago over Labor Day as homicides climb over 500

13 people killed in Chicago over Labor Day as homicides climb over 500

By Deanese Williams-Harris, Rosemary Regina Sobol, Peter Nickeas and Elvia Malign | Chicago Tribune
September 6
Filed under State

CHICAGO — Thirteen people were shot to death in Chicago over the Labor Day weekend as the city logged its 500th homicide of the year. Thirty-one of the 65 people shot over the long weekend were wounded between 6 a.m. Monday and 3 a.m. Tuesday. Nine of the fatal shootings occurred over that period. Among...

Black studies struggle at Illinois universities under current fiscal climate

Black studies struggle at Illinois universities under current fiscal climate

By Dawn Rhodes | Chicago Tribune
September 6
Filed under State

When Western Illinois University cut its African-American studies major this summer, enrollment and graduation numbers were dismal. Thirteen students had picked it as their primary field of study in the 2015-16 school year, and three students had graduated with a bachelor of arts in the discipline in...

Four new laws expand hunting and fishing opportunities in Illinois

Four new laws expand hunting and fishing opportunities in Illinois

By Kevin P. Craver | Morris Daily Herald
September 6
Filed under State

Four new laws that took effect last month seek to expand hunting opportunities and fishing opportunities while protecting state lands and wildlife. The laws were signed Aug. 20 by Gov. Bruce Rauner during Conservation Day at the Illinois State Fair. Senate Bill 2410 expands the youth license program...

New Illinois rules aimed at helping college campus assault victims

New Illinois rules aimed at helping college campus assault victims

By Mary Hansen | The State Journal-Register
September 4
Filed under State

As students at the University of Illinois Springfield settle into the fall semester, Deanie Brown, associate chancellor for access and equal opportunity, hopes they remember a video she showed during orientation. The video features Amber Rose, a model and actress, explaining consent to actor Tyrese...

Rauner moves to dump 29 political hires from Blagojevich, Quinn eras

Rauner moves to dump 29 political hires from Blagojevich, Quinn eras

By Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune
September 2
Filed under State

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration on Thursday sent layoff notices to 29 workers at the Illinois Department of Transportation who held controversial patronage positions, a move the governor's office said is aimed at ridding the agency of political hires made under Democratic predecessors. Rauner...

Illinois’ pile of unpaid bills could hit record of $14 billion next summer

Illinois’ pile of unpaid bills could hit record of $14 billion next summer

By Monique Garcia and Kim Geiger | Chicago Tribune
September 2
Filed under State

The stopgap budget agreement struck by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the legislature is only adding to the state's financial problems, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service, which estimated the state's backlog of unpaid bills could reach a new high of $14 billion...

More tests confirm lead-contaminated water in two SIUE buildings

More tests confirm lead-contaminated water in two SIUE buildings

By Elizabeth Donald | Belleville News-Democrat
August 31
Filed under SIUE, State

A second round of testing has found that at least two buildings at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville still have high levels of lead in the water. Testing performed earlier in August at SIUE found that water in Lovejoy Library, Rendleman Hall and Metcalf Theater had lead levels exceeding the...

Obama’s commutations include 8 from Illinois

Obama’s commutations include 8 from Illinois

By Katherine Skiba | Chicago Tribune
August 31
Filed under State

Twenty-four years ago, Chicago's Rudy Martinez told a judge he turned to drug dealing after seeing how hard his mother worked in a laundry for $45 a week. Martinez, who was a 26-year-old North Side gang leader when he was handed a life term in 1992, will be free at year's end thanks to a commutation...

August could be rainiest on record in Illinois

August could be rainiest on record in Illinois

By Kate Thayer | Chicago Tribune
August 30
Filed under State

August could go down as the wettest on record in Illinois, though the hardest-hit spots have been outside the Chicago area. Rainfall in the southern and western portions of the metro area has been higher than average this month, according to the National Weather Service, and the region has had at...

Illinois emergency room visits increased after Obamacare, study says

Illinois emergency room visits increased after Obamacare, study says

By Lisa Schencker | Chicago Tribune
August 30
Filed under State

Hospital emergency department visits increased in Illinois after the Affordable Care Act took effect — the opposite of what many hoped would happen under the landmark health care law, according to a new study. "Emergency departments are already overcrowded, and bringing more patients in will continue...

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