President Bush's tour of Europe included a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin. The meeting takes place in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, which last year joined several eastern European neighbors as new members of NATO and the European Union. Anca Dragu is a reporter for Radio Slovakia International and the BBC - she's a recent journalism graduate of the University of Illinois. AM 580's Tom Rogers talked with her about the summit and what it means for Slovaks.
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Barring a strong showing by a last-minute candidate, Laurel Prussing will be the next mayor of Urbana. The former state representative won the Democratic nomination by a narrow majority over three-term incumbent mayor Tod Satterthwaite. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.
Since 1958, Rockome Gardens has been a tourist destination in the heart of Central Illinois' Amish community. The 29-acre theme park in Douglas County, along with its rock garden, shops, and restaurant, is up for auction. City officials in Arcola hold out hope that a buyer will want to keep it going. AM 580's Jeff Bossert reports.
A generation ago, shoppers could choose from plenty of stores along Philo Road. But today, some of the street's largest retail buildings are empty. And while Philo Road is far from deserted, many have said something needs to be done to revitalize the area. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports on the area's problems and possibilities.
A University of Illinois professor shows children in rural Illinois are the real victims when someone in their family uses methamphetamine. Jeff Bossert spoke with social work professor Wendy Haight.
Indiana's new governor says he didn't enjoy laying out a budget that freezes education funding and makes only minimal increases to health care. But the Republican says spending less new money -- along with a tax hike on the state's wealthiest citizens -- are necessary to balance Indiana's budget within a year. In part 1, Daniels tells AM 580's Jeff Bossert that all facets of state government will have to help the state escape financial problems, including education. In Part 2, the governor addresses the role gambling expansion may play.