Coal is a resource curse for southern Illinois economies

Feb 22, 2017
Eight decades of boom and bust ends in bust and leaves land dry.
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Illinois cuts off funding for its public universities

Mar 18, 2016
A budget fight has left both schools and students in the lurch.
Inside the Chicago State University student union, where banners for a recent gathering highlight some of the schools core values.
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Illinois lottery: You're a winner! Oh. No, you're not!

Sep 14, 2015
Officials say they can't pay some winners because of a state budget impasse.

Chicago raises a glass to the end of a happy hour ban

Jul 17, 2015
Eleven states ban happy hours. Illinois just ended its own.

Illinois faces sudden drop in state tax

Jan 2, 2015
Temporary tax increases expire, reducing Illinois revenue amid budget shortfalls.

How much does the average American worker make?

Jul 24, 2013
Who earns median wage and what kind of education, housing, healthcare and retirement savings can they afford?

Texas explosion raises concerns for other towns eying fertilizer plants

Apr 18, 2013
Small communities are fighting to get fertilizer factories to locate nearby. After the West, Texas, explosion, some people who live near proposed plants are reconsidering the risk.
Smoke rises in the distance about half a mile from the West Fertilizer Company April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. A massive explosion at the fertilizer company injured more than 100 people and left damaged buildings for blocks in every direction.
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The smell of prosperity or illness?

Jun 29, 2012
The residents of Roxana, Ill. debate if the oil refineries in and around their town represent jobs and money, cancer or something else.

New highway may leave Illinois homeowners in the dust

May 10, 2012
Lawmakers in Illinois are poised to take up a bill to hasten construction on a new expressway. But to get the land for the highway, lawmakers may use a controversial method known as quick-take power.

Down on the farm, the economy is up

Mar 30, 2012
But Illinois farmers give little credit to the political party in power.

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