December 23, 2013

Former Illinois DCFS Director Calica Dies

The former head of Illinois’ child welfare department died overnight Monday.  Richard Calica resigned his position with the state Department of Children and Family Services last month. 


December 21, 2013

Space Station Repairs Ahead Of Schedule

Two astronauts --- one of them a University of Illinois graduate --- ended their spacewalk outside the International Space Station a bit early on Saturday, because they managed to finish their work sooner than expected.


Robert Allerton's mansion
(Allerton Park)
December 20, 2013

Tours Of Allerton Park Mansion To Be Offered Sunday

On Sunday, visitors of Allerton Park in Monticello will have a chance to tour the famous mansion located on the property. Robert Allerton is well known for his love of art, and his donation of more than 6,600 items to the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1900, he built the mansion. Illinois Public Media’s Sean Powers recently got a tour of it by Matt Smith, the marketing director at the park.

The tours of the mansion begin this Sunday from noon until 4pm. Each tour will last approximately 45 minutes, and there is a $5 charge for each guest. Children under two can get in free. Click here for more information.


Syria children
(Momahed Dimashkia/Reuters/Landov)
December 19, 2013

11,420 Children Dead In Syria’s Civil War, So Far

As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. Numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we're living in, right now. Over the next two weeks, you'll hear the stories behind these numbers, which range from zero to 1 trillion.


December 19, 2013

Illinois Unemployment Drops To 8.7 Percent

Unemployment dropped in Illinois in November to 8.7 percent. It was the third straight monthly decrease but Illinois' unemployment rate remains one of the highest nationally.


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