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Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - July 31, 2013

Immigration Reform Advocates Look For Votes In Conservative Indiana

By Michael Puente

Despite having some of the toughest laws in the country, reform advocates are looking to Indiana's GOP Congressional delegation to help tip the balance in this year’s immigration fight.

After passing in the U.S. Senate in June, comprehensive immigration reform has come to a screeching halt in the House of Representatives. Now reform advocates are looking for votes from GOP lawmakers from states like Indiana to help push it through.

Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - July 31, 2013

Illinois Lawmakers Looking At High Incidence Of Sexual Abuse In Youth Prisons

By Robert Wildeboer

Illinois state legislators are considering reforms to the youth prison system to address sexual abuse that was brought to light in a recent federal study.  The study by the bureau of justice statistics found that more than 15 percent of kids in custody reported being victims of sexual abuse. It’s one of the highest rates in the nation and the report is giving advocates new ammunition to push changes they’ve wanted for a long time.

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - July 31, 2013

Former Chicago Mayor Lends A Hand To Ailing Gary, Ind.

By Cheryl Corley


(Duration: 6:06)

After more than 20 years as Chicago's Mayor, Richard Daley is working with the new Mayor of Gary, Ind., to try to revitalize that rust belt city. Daley is a senior fellow at the University of Chicago and his students are also helping in the transformation effort.

Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - July 31, 2013

Retiring To The Farm Anything But Quiet

The story was produced for Harvest Public Media, a collaboration of public broadcasting stations in the Midwest covering food and agriculture issues.

By Abbie Fentress Swanson


(Duration: 4:22)

Jim Schulte and his wife, Rita, bought their 450-acre farm in 1991, but didn’t start farming full time until Jim finished working in the mortgage business.

It’s not just lifelong farmers who feel the pull of the land as they get older. For some Americans, retirement is an opportunity to begin the farming dream.

Categories: Agriculture, Business

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