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WILL - Focus - December 27, 2012

Interview with Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas

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(Duration: 50:33)

Since the beginning of his career in journalism eight years ago, Jose Vargas has written hundreds of stories — including covering the 2008 presidential campaign for The Washington Post; profiling Al Gore for Rolling Stone and Mark Zuckerberg for The New Yorker; writing and producing a documentary on the AIDS epidemic in the nation's capital; and winning a Pulitzer Prize for helping cover the Virginia Tech massacre.  A little over a year ago, Vargas wrote a groundbreaking essay in the New York Times Sunday Magazine revealing his "undocumented immigrant" status.  Since then, he founded Define American and has worked to facilitate dialogue about the DREAM Act and immigration issues.

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, October 26, 2012, 10 am


WILL - Focus - November 14, 2012

John Quincy Adams

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(Duration: 49:50)

The sixth President of the United States, John Quincy Adams fought for George Washington, served with Abraham Lincoln in Congress, witnessed Bunker Hill, and as a staunch opponent of slavery, foresaw that slavery would lead to civil war between the North and South. He is, in fact, the only major figure in American history who knew both the founding fathers and Abraham Lincoln. He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision that freed the African captives of The Amistad. He served his nation as minister to six countries, secretary of state, senator, congressman, and president. His opposition to slavery inspired John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage.  Yet he remains one of the least-known presidents in our nation's history. We'll talk with biographer Harlow Giles Unger about John Qunicy Adams.


WILL - Focus - November 07, 2012

Post-Election Analysis

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(Duration: 51:23)

We'll discuss the outcome and ramifications of the 2012 election, from the President to local races. Our guests are John S. Jackson, Visiting Professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University; and Brian Gaines, professor in the department of Political Science and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois.


WILL - Focus - October 16, 2012

Talk To The Candidate - Rodney Davis (R), 13th Illinois Congressional District

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(Duration: 51:43)

Rodney Davis, Republican Candidate for the 13th Illinois Congressional District

Host: Craig Cohen

This election season, Focus is providing you with the opportunity to speak directly with the candidates in two key races – those running for Illinois’ newly-drawn 13th Congressional District seat, and the candidates seeking to represent you in Illinois’ 52nd State Senate District. We continue today with the Republican candidate running for Congress in Illinois’ 13th district, Rodney Davis. He faces Democrat David Gill and Independent John Hartman – all three candidates are vying to replace retiring Congressman Tim Johnson. This is the first election taking place in the 13th District since it was re-drawn, and it now covers a lot of territory, stretching from Champaign/Urbana all the way to communities like Collinsville and Edwardsville in the Metro East of St. Louis. Along its winding path, It also includes the central Illinois cities of Bloomington/Normal, Decatur, and Springfield.

Categories: Politics

WILL - Focus - October 10, 2012

Talk To The Candidate - David Gill (D), 13th Illinois Congressional District

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(Duration: 51:33)

David Gill, Democratic Candidate for the 13th Illinois Congressional District

Host: Craig Cohen

This election season, Focus is providing you with the opportunity to speak directly with the candidates in two key races – those running for Illinois’ newly-drawn 13th Congressional District seat, and the candidates seeking to represent you in Illinois’ 52nd State Senate District. We continue today with the Democratic candidate running for Congress in Illinois’ 13th district, David Gill. He faces Republican Rodney Davis and Independent John Hartman – all three candidates are vying to replace retiring Congressman Tim Johnson. This is the first election taking place in the 13th District since it was re-drawn, and it now covers a lot of territory, stretching from Champaign/Urbana all the way to communities like Collinsville and Edwardsville in the Metro East of St. Louis. Along its winding path, It also includes the central Illinois cities of Bloomington/Normal, Decatur, and Springfield.

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WILL - Focus - October 09, 2012

Parallels Between Current and Past Presidential Elections

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(Duration: 51:22)

Allan Lichtman, Distinguished Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences, American University

John S. Jackson, Visiting Professor, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University

Host: Craig Cohen

It's a natural tendency, each Presidential election year, to compare how the campaign is playing out to what happened during previous elections. How is 2012 like 2008? 2004? While every election brings its own issues, and conditions, and the electorate itself changes, there may well be some lessons to be learned from recent history, that can tell us why this year’s campaign is playing out as it is. We’ll explore parallels between the 2012 Presidential election and elections from the past 50+ years.

Categories: Government, Politics

WILL - Focus - October 01, 2012

Talk To The Candidate - Michael Frerichs, (D) IL 52nd State Senate District

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(Duration: 51:22)

State Sen. Michael W. Frerichs, State Senator and Democratic Candidate to the Illinois State Senate from the 52nd State Legislative District

Host: Craig Cohen

Focus is providing you with the opportunity to speak directly with the candidates in the 13th Congressional District race and the 52nd State Senate District race. We continue with the Democrat running for the Illinois Senate from the 52nd District, incumbent Michael W. Frerichs. He faces Republican challenger John Bambenek this November. (Bambenek appeared on the program September 13th).

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WILL - Focus - September 25, 2012

Political Corruption in Illinois: Reality and Perception

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(Duration: 51:38)

Dick Simpson, Professor and Department Head, Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Former Chicago Alderman

James D. Nowlan, Senior Fellow in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois

Richard F. Winters, William Clinton Story Remsen 1943 Professor of Government at Dartmouth and former Co-Editor of State Politics and Policy Quarterly

Host: Craig Cohen

In recent years, Illinoisans have seen two governors imprisoned and their state become the punchline of national jokes. How much of the perception of Illinois is based in reality? Is Illinois more corrupt than other states? We'll talk with two veterans of Illinois politics and a professor from Dartmouth who are taking part in the Ethics and Reform Symposium on Illinois Government in Chicago September 27 and 28.

Categories: Government, Politics

WILL - Focus - September 18, 2012

Talk To The Candidate - John Hartman (I), 13th Illinois Congressional District

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(Duration: 51:26)

John Hartman, Independent Candidate for the 13th Illinois Congressional District

Host: Craig Cohen

This election season, Focus is providing you with the opportunity to speak directly with the candidates in two key races – those running for Illinois’ newly-drawn 13th Congressional District seat, and the candidates seeking to represent you in Illinois’ 52nd State Senate District. We continue today with the Independent candidate running for Congress in Illinois’ 13th district, John Hartman. He faces Democrat David Gill and Republican Rodney Davis – all three candidates are vying to replace retiring Congressman Tim Johnson. This is the first election taking place in the 13th District since it was re-drawn, and it now covers a lot of territory, stretching from Champaign/Urbana all the way to communities like Collinsville and Edwardsville in the Metro East of St. Louis. Along its winding path, It also includes the central Illinois cities of Bloomington/Normal, Decatur, and Springfield.

Categories: Government, Politics

WILL - Focus - September 13, 2012

Talk To The Candidate - John Bambenek, (R) IL 52nd State Senate District

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(Duration: 51:22)

John Bambenek, Republican Candidate for the Illinois Senate from the 52nd State Legislative District

Host: Craig Cohen

In the coming weeks, Focus will provide you with the opportunity to speak directly with the candidates in the 13th Congressional District race, and the 52nd State Senate District race. We'll begin with the Republican running for the Illinois Senate from the 52nd District, John Bambanek. He faces Democratic incumbent Mike Frerichs this November. (Frerichs will appear on the program October 1st).

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