Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs marked 100-days in office with a report of accomplishments and challenges that face the office.

The analysis from Plante Moran identified questionable program expenses with the paid internship program, but noted the program has yet to be activated during the current administration.

Civic Education Could Be Required In All Illinois Schools

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Eighty-three percent of Illinois high schools already require some form of civic education. A measure approved by the Illinois House would require all schools to teach it.

"Obviously, with Illinois' reputation of corruption in politics, I think we need to have an emphasis on responsible citizens and dealing with those issues," Representative Donald Moffitt, a Republican from Galesburg, said.

Representative Deborah Conroy, a Democrat from Villa Park, says teaching students about government is imperative to building future leaders.


The Illinois Department of Transportation is considering plans for new transit systems including road, bridge and airport improvements. IDOT is holding local meetings to hear from members of the public.

The Illinois Department of Transportation, along with the Illinois Capital Development Board, will hold a series of listening sessions over the next month to discuss the state’s infrastructure needs. 

Community members are invited to Wednesday morning at Ottawa City Hall.  Another meeting takes place that evening at KSB Hospital in Dixon. 


Illinois could join a handful of states that allow cameras to be installed in the rooms of nursing home residents. 

Supporters say it would give families peace of mind to have electronic monitoring of the care their loved ones receive. But there are also concerns, especially when it comes to privacy.

"Nursing homes, a lot of people tend to forget ... that is their home," Hinsdale Republican Representative Patti Bellock said.

Supporters say the cameras would only be installed when the resident or family agrees. They would also have to cover the cost. 

Sustaining members Richard and Debbie Gortowski are the winners of the Northern Public Radio 2015 Spring Membership Campaign's New York City Getaway.

Northern Public Radio's 2015 Spring Membership Campaign began on Thursday, April 16, and ended today at 10 a.m. A total of 851 listeners contributed just over $119,000 during the campaign to support of 89.5 WNIJ and Classical WNIU, and 200 listeners became members for the first time.

Second TEDx Talk At NIU Features Student Speaker

Apr 24, 2015

The second-ever TEDx talk at Northern Illinois University happens 9 a.m. Saturday. This time, the event will feature a student speaker.

The talks will revolve around a single common theme: hidden superheroes among us.

Maria Senf is a senior psychology major at NIU and director of TEDx NIU. She was inspired to start the student group in 2013 after she attended a similar TEDx event at a Chicago college.

Lincoln Library, Commerce Department Linked Under New Plan

Apr 24, 2015

A measure that would partially privatize the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity while combining it with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is ready for consideration by the Illinois House.

The apparent agreement between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan also would make a new state entity to control the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Steven Beckett, who chairs the library's advisory board, supports the move. He says the various groups in charge of it now have become hostile. 

Biden Urges Illini Men To 'Show Courage'

Apr 24, 2015
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Vice President Joe Biden told students on the University of Illinois Urbana campus Thursday that preventing sexual assault is a shared responsibility.

Biden used an emotional, almost evangelical tone to urge about 1,500 students to "show courage" and “be the man you were raised to be.”

"By the way gentlemen, silence is a form of approval. Inaction is a form of cowardice," he said. "Speaking up takes courage." 

The crowd cheered for the Vice President in the gym of one of the campus' recreation centers.

Biden voiced anger at those who commit sexual assault.


Low-level marijuana users may soon catch a break in Illinois. Rather than going to jail, it would be more like getting a speeding ticket.

The repercussions for having pot vary; Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, says there are more than 100 different local ordinances all over the state.

An architectural rendering of the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which may be built on Chicago's lakefront. Credit LMNA Architecture Renderings / Lucas Museum of Narrative Art press kit

The force of the Illinois legislature is behind bringing George Lucas's museum and Barack Obama's presidential library to Chicago.

A measure to ward off legal problems that could prevent the Star Wars creator's museum and the President's library from being located in Chicago first popped up Wednesday evening. 

Less than 24 hours later, it's on the way to the governor. It's supposed to take at three days at minimum for that to happen.

But this measure had support from leaders like House Speaker Michael Madigan.