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MAP Grant Funds Not Distributed Equally

Following the signing this week of an emergency funding bill for higher education in Illinois, money for the Monetary Award Program, or MAP grants, has been released. But while students attending colleges on the semester system will receive about half the money they were expecting, those on the quarter system will get just one-third.

Juan Felipe Herrera
Photo by Carlos Puma/UC Riverside
April 28, 2016

The 21st: U.S. Poet Laureate, & A Beautiful Planet in IMAX

On the next 21st: We'll be speaking with Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate of the United States. Plus, we'll talk with one of the scientists about his role in the new 3D space documentary.


Muslim women ride the subway
Penguin Press
April 28, 2016

‘Excellent Daughters’ Throughout The Middle East Are Transforming Life In Their Countries

Journalist Katherine Zoepf (zohf) covered the Middle East for The New York Times between 2004 and 2010. And she says the reality is much more nuanced than the views of the region commonly held in the US. Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort talked with Zoepf about the stories shared in her recent book "Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of the Young Women Who are Transforming the Arab World."


Family and friends of Ashley Gibson, who died last week, address the media in Champaign Wednesday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 27, 2016

Gibson’s Mother: ‘She Was Full Of Life.’

The family of Ashley Gibson has spoken for the first time since authorities reported the death of the 24-year old from Urbana, whose remains were discovered in Clinton Lake on Sunday.  Her mother, Ranae, says her daughter had dreams of leaving the area and joining the military, and never met a stranger. 


Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Chicago, for his sentencing on federal banking charges which he pled guilty to last year.
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
April 27, 2016

Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison

A federal judge has sentened former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois to 15 months in prison in a hush-money case.  Judge Thomas Durkin described the former high school wrestling coach as a "serial child molester." 


One of the panels of the original Harmonic Tone Generator
Courtesy of Skot
April 27, 2016

The Story Behind An Early Electronic Music Instrument Developed in Champaign-Urbana

Computer synthesizers have likely become a staple of your daily life – Siri, digital music, YouTube and more – but do you know where they come from? One of the earliest synthesizer structures was invented in the University of Illinois’ Experimental Music Lab in the early 1960s as part of one of the first computer instruments – The Harmonic Tone Generator.


Rodney Davis
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
April 26, 2016

Rep. Davis Among Those Seeking Reversal Of Spy Agency Decision

The Taylorville Republican says federal officials didn't place national security at the top of the list when deciding on a new location for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in north St. Louis.  Davis is among the lawmakers recommending they reconsider a site near Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.


Members of the Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition hold a 'work-in' outside the Henry Administration Building.
Twitter photo/NTFC Local #6546
April 26, 2016

U Of I Non-Tenure Union Holds Work-In After Last Week’s Strike

Members of the U of I's Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition are holding a two day 'work-in' outside the Henry Administration Building.  The union went on a two-day strike last week as a means of pressuring administrators for a new contract.


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