Illinois

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

With two months remaining in the current budget year ... Governor Bruce Rauner says Illinois has run out of cash.

He's pushing for a two-year spending plan.

"I'm recommending we do a budget that's for 2016 and 2017. Frankly, we're out of money for 2016. There's nothing that we can do really productive for 2016. We should get a grand bargain for both years, and do the right thing for the long term,” Rauner said.

Rauner -- a Republican -- has held out on a complete budget … as he presses for Democrats to adopt to an agenda THEY say will harm the middle class.

University of Illinois police say two more large swastikas have been discovered drawn in campus buildings.

Police say the new swastikas were found by a campus employee on Sunday in an elevator and a wall in the Armory indoor track and field center.

Three other similar swastikas were found in campus buildings on Thursday. The 2-foot-tall symbols were drawn with markers.

Police spokesman Patrick Wade said Monday that like in the earlier incident, investigators have made no arrests and do not yet have any suspects.

Students living illegally in the U.S. who struggle to pay for college because they don't qualify for financial aid are urging Illinois lawmakers to make them eligible for state help.

    

Legislation that passed the state Senate this month with bipartisan support would make Illinois among the few states in the country that let immigrant students get financial aid regardless of their legal status.

The measure is awaiting action in the Illinois House.

Illinois patients who want to use medical marijuana legally will try again to expand the program to include chronic pain, diabetes, migraine and other health conditions.

Monday's meeting of the state's Medical Cannabis Advisory Board could lead to new recommendations, but Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has twice before rejected the board's suggestions.

Cheap Trick Helps Bond A Father And Daughter

Apr 29, 2016
Jon Norton / WGLT

When Cheap Trick was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month, 17 year old Bloomington High School junior Bridget Lantz was thrilled for her father Doug, a huge fan of the band since he was a teen. Doug pulled out a mitt full of Cheap Trick albums from his collection to play for Bridget. The two spent the better part of an hour swapping stories about the band and interpreting song lyrics.

 

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DeKalb residents can safely discard old or unwanted prescriptions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m this Saturday at the DeKalb Police Department on Lincoln Highway.

The drop-off is anonymous and free.

Sergeant Chad McNett heads community relations for the department. They will partner with the Drug Enforcement Agency for the event. This weekend's collection is one of two held locally every year.

A judge says a man who alleges Dennis Hastert sexually abused him doesn't have to disclose his name in his lawsuit against the former U.S. House speaker.

A day after Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in a hush-money case, Kendall County Judge Robert Pilmer ruled Thursday that a man known in court documents as Individual A can proceed with his lawsuit anonymously.

Prosecutors in the hush-money cash say Hastert paid Individual A to stay quiet about sexual abuse that occurred when the man was 14 and Hastert was a high school wrestling coach.

MAP Grants On Their Way To Illinois Universities

Apr 28, 2016
Jenna Dooley

Illinois' Comptroller says universities will soon receive stopgap MAP grant money.

Leslie Munger says the Illinois Student Assistance Commission sent $164 million dollars in grant vouchers to her office. 

Munger says her office turned around the payments immediately, but she also calls on lawmakers to approve a long-term solution.

“It is critical that they now finish the job and pass a comprehensive balanced budget that allows us to keep our promises not only to students,” Munger said in a news release.

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Juvenile criminal records are preventing Illinois residents from opportunities like getting a job or finding housing ... despite confidentiality laws.

That's the conclusion of a study released today by the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission. 

Julie Biehl of Northwestern University's law school, says sharing of a minor's criminal record is common... even by people who know it's against the law. 

NIU Prepares Campus Community For The Release Of Program Priorities

Apr 27, 2016
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Northern Illinois University's President will soon announce the results from an extensive review process of programs and departments.

The findings will be released Monday.

President Doug Baker addressed the campus community at a town hall meeting on Wednesday. He summed up some of the review's objectives.

"How do we become more efficient and effective? How do we help each other do our jobs better?" Baker said.

NIU Vice Provost Lisa Freeman says 10 academic programs were volunteered for deletion.

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