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Year in Review: Map grants

May 9, 2016

Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grants have caused a large amount of uproar among Illinois students throughout this past academic year. Tight state budgeting has led to controversy and difficult decisions. “MAP is not part of the university’s budget, but rather a direct grant to students from the st...

Suburban Express trial verdict expected May 2


By Daily Illini Staff Report

February 29, 2016

The criminal case against Suburban Express owner Dennis Toeppen went to trial last week in Lake County.Toeppen was charged with online harassment in July and pleaded not guilty to the charges on Aug. 8, 2014 after allegedly harassing former University student Jeremy Leval for posting on Facebook abo...

Rauner says little on higher ed in budget address

Gov. Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs up after giving his first speech as governor on Monday Jan. 12, 2015 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Ill. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Samantha Jones Toal

February 18, 2016

After months of a budget standstill, Gov. Bruce Rauner said he still can’t approve the state budget until it’s balanced.“The truth is, we haven’t had a truly balanced budget in Illinois for decades,” he said in his budget address Wednesday morning. “In ways both obvious and hidden, we’...

State issued bar checks down

State issued bar checks down

By Aaron Navarro

December 10, 2015

As the state of Illinois approaches its seventh month without an official, approved budget, Illinois police are starting to see consequences as cuts to programs and initiatives continue to be made.Due to the lack of a state budget, the funds to pay young undercover buyers working for the Illinois Liquor Co...

License plate renewal notifications suspended during state budget impasse

Zach Dalzell The Daily Illini
Secretary of State Jesse White came to  the Institute of Government and Public Affairs on July 25 to discuss House Bill 226, online voter registration and to urge the governor to sign House Bill 2418 which would allow 17 year olds to vote in the primaries if they would be 18 by the next general election.

By MaryCate Most

December 2, 2015

Seat belt buckled? Check. Gas tank full? Check. License plates renewed? Maybe not.Illinois residents will need to take one more precaution before driving due to a recent budget cut that has suspended mailing of vehicle registration renewal notifications.The Illinois Secretary of State’s office said...

IL among growing list of states banning refugees

IL among growing list of states banning refugees

By Charlotte Collins

November 18, 2015

Twenty-six states in the U.S. have now announced they will not accept Syrian refugees.Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Monday that the state of Illinois will not be admitting Syrian refugees in the aftermath of the Paris attacks Friday. The attacks were made by Belgian and French nationals affiliated with...

Refugees to be refused

Refugees to be refused

By Ali Braboy and Charlotte Collins

November 17, 2015

Despite Gov. Bruce Rauner’s announcement to temporarily suspend Illinois accepting new Syrian refugees, there are many people within Illinois who believe more refugees should be accepted into America and at a faster rate.Rauner’s Monday announcement was made in regards to the Nov. 13 Paris terror att...

New state law oversees fantasy sports

By Vivienne Henning

October 27, 2015

Illinois state representative Mike Zalewski introduced new legislation Tuesday to give protection to those who are involved with online fantasy sports gaming.The proposed legislation was spurred from the growing popularity of online fantasy sport sites such as FanDuel and DraftKings. As the first of its ...

Undecided state budget could affect 911 calls

By Dixie Limbachia

October 20, 2015

The lack of a state budget has put current 911 call procedures in jeopardy.Emergency calls are funded through state taxes. The funds are available but cannot be spent without an approved state budget. As a result, 911 call centers are dipping into their own reserves because they haven’t been paid by the st...

Some think the label of “felon” stigmatizes ex-criminals

By Christin Watkins

October 18, 2015

Former governor George Ryan — who was convicted of fraud and racketeering charges in 2006 — recently called for legislation to end labeling people as “felons” once they serve their prison sentence. SORebecca Ginsburg, director of the Education Justice Project, supports informing peopl...

UI professors found in violation of Ethics Act

By Maggie Sullivan

September 27, 2015

Nearly two years after physics professor George Gollin’s unsuccessful campaign for democratic congressional candidate, three University professors became the subject of an ethics investigation by the Illinois Executive Commission.Leon Dash, journalism professor, Nancy Blake, literature professor and Lau...

Illinois women will not get equal pay until 2065

Illinois women will not get equal pay until 2065

By Mara Kupelian

September 23, 2015

Working women in Illinois will not achieve equal pay for 50 years.A recent study published by “The Status of Women in the States” and released by the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research, IWPR, in May found women and men will earn the same wage by 2065. The study approximated when...

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