"meeting room" by Flickr User Brisbane City Council / (CC X 2.0)

The state Department of Employment Security says unemployment decreased in Illinois in August, the fourth-straight monthly drop.


But state officials were not celebrating the drop in the unemployment rate to 5.5 percent from 5.8 percent in July.

Instead on Thursday department Director Jeff Mays noted that the state also lost jobs in August. According to the department's monthly report on statewide unemployment, nonfarm jobs in Illinois decreased from 6,016,900 to 6,008,700.

Jessie Schlacks

The University of Chicago received national attention last month after an administrator issued a letter to freshmen telling them that the university will not condone the creation of so-called “safe spaces” where students can retreat from ideas and perspectives “at odds with their own.”

It's a hot-button issue for schools across the nation. 

For their part, Northern Illinois University leaders are looking beyond the confines of the campus to create an environment for people of all backgrounds, beliefs and experiences.

Chicago State University

Trustees at Chicago State University plan to vote Friday on a "separation agreement" for the school's president, who has had the position for nine months. 

The Chicago Tribune reported  Wednesday that the Chicago State Board of Trustees agenda for Friday's meeting includes voting on the agreement and naming an interim president. President Thomas Calhoun Jr. is paid $300,000 a year. He took the job in January and had a contract until January 2021.

The school and Calhoun didn't immediately respond to requests for comment from the newspaper.

Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio

Before he was governor, Bruce Rauner was a private equity investor. He became rich by keeping a sharp eye on his investments. 

But Rauner says he is not taking the same approach to politics.

This election, he's given the Illinois Republican Party roughly $16 million. It's being spent on state legislative races.

But despite that substantial investment, Rauner has repeatedly denied any involvement in the campaigns.

flickr user / Michael Coghlan "Prison Bars" (CC BY-SA 2.0)

A federal judge is giving Cook County a week to fix what he calls a “glaring inconsistency” in how it treats juvenile arrestees.


A federal lawsuit claims the county is violating the constitution by keeping juveniles locked up for more than 48 hours without seeing a judge.

The wait happens because - unlike adult court - the county’s juvenile judges don’t hold probable cause hearings on weekends or holidays.  

This week, Judge Thomas Durkin called it “mind boggling” that the county keeps vulnerable kids locked up longer than adults.