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Next Week on Focus

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!

The Urbana Free Library

The Urbana Free Library in Urbana, Ill. (Sean Powers/WILL)

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.

Monday June 24 – Jeremy Hobson and Here and Now’s New Local Host

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.

Tuesday, June 25 – 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in Illinois
100 years ago next week, Governor Edward F. Dunne signed a bill giving women in Illinois the right to vote for President. This hour on Focus, we’ll remember Illinois’ push for women’s suffrage. 

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.

We'll also talk about Frances Willard (pictured above) who famously said ""The idea that boys of 21 are fit to make laws for their mothers is an insult to everyone!" 

Wednesday, June 26 – Issues Facing Public Libraries

The weeding of thousands of non-fiction books at the Urbana Free Library has created controversy over transparency. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about how libraries are curated, what role they play in community and some of the challenges they face due to strained government budgets. 

Thursday, June 27  – Images of America: Monticello and Remembering Champaign County

This hour on Focus, we’ll take a look through into history through the lens of a camera. Maureen Holtz, author of the new book “Images of America: Monticello” joins us to talk about some of the things that make Monticello’s history so rich. We’ll talk with her about the pepsin syrup factory that earned the town the title “patent medicine capital of the world,” and how she went about compiling the town’s history dating back to the 1800’s in authentic photos.

Then during the second half of this hour on Focus, Dannel McCollum, former Mayor of Champaign and author of “Remembering Champaign County” joins us. We’ll talk with him about March Madness on campus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Benjamin Franklin Harris, entrepreneur extraordinaire. Host Jim Meadows also talks with Dannel about the county’s first convicted murderer who was defended by Abraham Lincoln. 

Friday, June 28 – Lawn and Garden Care
We welcome your questions this hour!

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with University of Illinois Extension horticulture expert Sandy Mason. We welcome your lawn and garden care questions this hour on Focus!