100 years ago this week, Governor Edward F. Dunne signed a bill giving women in Illinois the right to vote for President. This hour on Focus, we remember Illinois’ push for women’s suffrage.
In 1870, Frances Willard proclaimed before the Illinois General Assembly that it was an “insult” that 21 year old boys could vote to make laws for their mothers but that the mothers themselves had no voice. More than three decades later, she, among several others, finally convinced enough lawmakers that was true. In 1913, Illinois gave women the right to vote in Presidential elections. The catch – the bill for women’s suffrage did not apply to gubernatorial elections or elections for state representatives, congressmen or senators, yet.
This hour on Focus, we’ll remember the men and women who pushed for women’s suffrage in Illinois, and those who pushed back. Mark Sorensen, who has written extensively about suffrage in the state, joins us. He’ll tell us about some of the key players who fought for the bill and how the state worked to dissuade female voters from exercising their new right to vote. We’ll also talk Professor Virginia Boynton of Western Illinois University about why it took so long for women to be granted the right to vote in the first place.
This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation with Jeremy Hobson, a Champaign-Urbana native. He's the new co-host of Here and Now, coming to WILL on July 1. We’ll also hear from Jason Croft, WILL’s new local host of the program.
Jeremy Hobson got his start in broadcasting at the ripe old age of 9 when he started contributing to a program called “Treehouse Radio” on WILL. These days, he’s co-host of the Boston-based WBUR’s program, Here and Now, which is coming to WILL on July 1. This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation host Jim Meadows had with Jeremy earlier this spring about his time as the host of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report, his new adventure at WBUR and his roots in Champaign-Urbana. Then, we’ll talk with Here and Now’s new local host, Jason Croft.
Next week on Focus, we'll commemorate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in Illinois, will talk about issues facing Public Libraries and much more!
Next week on Focus, we’ll talk about issues facing public libraries and will remember the men and women who fought for women’s suffrage in Illinois. We’ll also listen back to an interview with Here and Now’s new co-host Jeremy Hobson and will welcome your lawn and garden care questions.
Today on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Kevin Waspi, a chartered financial analyst and Jake Kuebler, a certified financial planner with Bluestem Financial Advisors, LLC in Champaign. We welcome your calls and questions about your finances!
This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about the best ways to track your spending and how doing so can help you meet your financial goals. Personal finance expert Kevin Waspi and certified financial planner Jake Kuebler will be here to talk with us about the best ways to keep track of where your money is going, whether you want to do it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper or if you want to do it electronically using online banking tools and apps. We also welcome your questions whether you are just starting out and looking for advice on investing, thinking about buying a home or planning for retirement.
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The Illinois wine industry more than tripled its size in the last ten years. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about where to find the best Illinois wines, growing grapes in a Midwest climate and will talk investigate some of the challenges vinters face in the state.
There’s what some call a wine movement happening through the Midwest, and Illinois is definitely following suit. Midwest wine makers and grape growers have seen a huge increase in business in the last decade, and this hour on Focus, we’ll talk about why. Bradley Beam, an enologist with the Illinois Grape Growers and Vinters Association will join us to talk about what makes an Illinois wine and Illinois wine and where you can go to find the perfect one for you. Tony Jacobson, a winemaker at Sleepy Creek Vineyards in Fairmount also joins us. We’ll talk about new research being done to enable vineyards to grow more grapes in a colder climate, and he’ll walk us through the wine making process from start to finish.
Have you visited a winery or vineyard in Illinois? What wines do you recommend? Maybe you have questions about why locally produced wines are sometimes hard to come by… We’d love to hear from you this hour on Focus!
What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently? We want to hear from you today on Focus! This hour we’ll talk with RoberEbert.com’s new Editor, Matt Zoller-Seitz. Michael Philips also joins us this hour to talk about the best new movies out this summer.
This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with RoberEbert.com’s new Editor-in-Chief Matt Zoller Seitz about the future of the flagship movie review site for fans in an era post-Roger. The site, recently expanded and revamped, now includes all or Roger's work, a blog by his wife, Chaz, and other new features for movie fans. We’ll also talk with him about new movies out recently - what’s worth seeing….and what’s not. Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago Tribune, also joins us.
The dog days of summer are here… It would be so nice to get away. Sadly, that’s not always an option. Never fear! This hour on Focus, we talk about things to do in the area that will make you feel like you’re on vacation, even if you’re in your own backyard.
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows explores East Central Illinois…from the perspective of a tourist. Sue Post, author of Hiking Illinois, will be here to tell us about some scenic, and maybe unexpected, places in the area to enjoy the outdoors and will talk with us about what makes hiking in Illinois unique. We’ll also talk with her about native wildlife of note.
Then during the second half of the hour, we’ll talk with Heather Wilkins, Director for the Land of Lincoln Regional Tourism Office, about Illinois trails. These Trails don’t have much to do with hiking, but they’re just as scenic. We’ll talk about where you can go to visit everything from Illinois’ most historic drive-in movie theatres to the oldest soda fountains and the world’s largest golf tee and covered wagon.
What are your favorite places to go or things to do to “get away” while staying in the area? We want to hear from you this hour on Focus!
“Ahhh…” We’re all familiar with the sound of the cap being popped off a bottle of coke, but how did Coca-Cola evolve to one of the more recognized brands in American history? We’ll find out this hour on Focus.
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with journalist and author Mark Pendergrast about his book, now out in paperback, “For God, Country and Coca-Cola.” Pendergrast tells us about the now famous soft drink that started as an obscure patent medicine created by a small family owned business.
In his book, Pendergrast shares the guarded secret recipe for the cola…. We’ll hear about what ingredients comprise America’s beloved soft drink and if it’s true whether or not Coke actually contained cocaine in the early 1900’s.
So…coke or pepsi? We want to hear from you this hour on Focus!
We'll learn if Coca-Cola was really made with cocaine, where you can go on "staycation" in East Central Illinois and will hear from the new Editor in charge of Robert Ebert's flagship movie review website.
Next week on Focus, we’ll talk Matt Zoller-Seitz, the new editor-in-chief of RoberEbert.com about the best new movies to see this summer. We'll also hear from a vinter about Illinois' growing wine industry and will welcome your personal finance questions for Kevin Waspi.
Chris Berube talks this hour with horticulture expert Sandy Mason. We welcome your lawn and garden questions!
It’s the perfect time of year for insects to take up residence in your garden, and we’ve also had some severe weather this week that poses a threat to your flowers and vegetables. This hour on Focus, Chris Berube talks with University of Illinois Extension horticulture expert Sandy Mason about how to heal your garden after a summer storm and how to protect your plants from pests and diseases. We welcome your lawn and garden care questions this hour on Focus!
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