South Beloit High School

South Beloit High School parents be assured: There is no hard evidence of a school shooting threat and no imminent danger to students, despite a viral Facebook post to the contrary.

University of Illinois

The University of Illinois is officially asking Illinois leaders to come to terms on a state budget for the current fiscal year.

At their meeting in Chicago Thursday, the trustees approved a resolution urging an end to the budget impasse, and signed a presentation copy.

U of I President Timothy Killeen says a hiring freeze affecting 230 full-time positions at the university is just one of the cutbacks instituted to cope with the budget delay.

Illinois House Democrats

A Chicago Democrat is defending recent votes he made against his own party.

State Representative Ken Dunkin went against Democrats and House Speaker Michael Madigan this week on a big vote involving child care and services for seniors.

Dunkin says he did that because he made an arrangement with Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

We got a breakthrough in two different areas and I’m ecstatic that the governor kept his word and we got the funding back in the budget for those two items,” Dunkin said.

Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

Illinois has gone four and a half months without a budget. It's gone even longer -- five and a half months -- since the governor and leaders of the legislature have all gotten together to talk about it. The last time that happened was at the end of May. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner finally released his plans Friday  for the meeting with legislative leaders next Wednesday in his Springfield office.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Heroin users in one northwestern Illinois county are finding an unusual ally when they’re ready to give up drugs…their local police.

Illinois Lottery Ticket Sales Plunge After Payout Delay

Nov 12, 2015
Illinois Lottery

Illinois Lottery ticket sales have plummeted since lottery officials announced delaying payouts over $600 because of the state budget impasse. 

Data obtained by The Associated Press through a public information request show that gross sales in October were the lowest yet in 2015. Sales include instant and Powerball tickets.  

U of I Trustees Sign Off On Settlement With Salaita

Nov 12, 2015
Jim Meadows

On an 9 to 1 vote,  University of Illinois Trustees have agreed on an $875,000 settlement with Steven Salaita.

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The multi-purpose indoor athletic facility under construction in downtown Rockford got a financial boost and a new name Thursday, thanks to UW Health.

What originally was called the Downtown Sportscore now will be known as the UW Health Sports Factory.

The parent company of Rockford’s SwedishAmerican Health System will pay roughly $1.9 million over a 10-year period to have its name and logo emblazoned on the building and various associated materials.

Progress Made On Lucinda Avenue Extension

Nov 12, 2015
N'Jema McIntyre

The opening of the Lucinda Avenue expansion is nearing. Workers are completing the final touches to the area.

The board of trustees of Northern Illinois University approved the extension of Lucinda Avenue west, to better facilitate access for students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus. The move, which required dismantling Douglas Hall, is the first significant step in re-envisioning the NIU campus.

The March 27 board meeting made the Lucinda project expansion a high priority project for the university. The goal was for the process to be completed by mid-November.

Jeff Bossert / WUIS

The man credited as the "father of accessibility" at the University of Illinois has died. 

Tim Nugent passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 92. The news was confirmed by the U of I’s College of Applied Health Sciences and Savoy United Methodist Church.

In the late 1940’s, Nugent advocated on the Urbana campus for wheelchair-accessible buses, curb cuts, and other amenities that those with disabilities now take for granted. Many of his ideas have been adopted nationally.