The Urbana City Council has approved the initial plans to let a new Wal-Mart Supercenter go up on the east side of town. Many attending the council meeting opposed the move, and anything to do with the nation's largest retailer. AM 580's Jim Meadows produced this report.
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The Champaign Public Library has launched a giant book club of sorts, designed to get everyone in Champaign-Urbana reading the same book. AM 580's Ali Kawa spoke with the library's development director, Donna Pittman, about the concept.
Members of the University of Illinois' Aerospace Engineering Department are intrigued by President Bush's proposal for manned flights to the moon and eventually Mars. But a professor and two graduate students say the politics of manned space flight may be more difficult than the science. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.
Indiana's Governor gives his first State of the State speech before a statewide television audience Tuesday. State of the state addresses are meant to be upbeat and forward-looking - yet Governor Kernan will have to address some serious problems facing the state, including a widening budget deficit and the need for economic development. Indianapolis Star statehouse reporter Mary Beth Schneider tells AM 580's Tom Rogers that the speech will be an introduction of sorts for Joe Kernan.
Medicare reform will provide new prescription drug benefits in 2006. Until then, several programs provide some sort of drug discounts for seniors and people with disabilities. On January 1st, the state of Illinois began offering its own program for seniors of all income levels called the Illinois Rx Buying Club. AM 580's Jim Meadows talked with Charles Johnson, director of the state Department on Aging, about the program.
The man charged with overseeing the state's homeland security effort has been on the job barely a year. But Deputy Chief of Staff Carl Hawkinson says Illinois made good progress in 2003 in preparing against terrorist attacks, and the former state senator from Galesburg says the state will cover more ground in 2004. AM 580's Jim Meadows talked with Hawkinson.