Marquee outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign before the 2015 Eberfest.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 04, 2016

‘Ebertfest 2016: Center Of The Universe’ Preview

A conversation with WILL's Lisa Bralts and Tim Meyers, co-creators of the documentary looking at the history of Roger Ebert's Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign. The new documentary, premeiring April 4, also previews the 18th annual Ebertfest, April 13-17.


marijuana plants
Teresa Crawford/Associated Press
April 04, 2016

Urbana Council Takes Final Vote On Marijuana Fine Reduction

A week ago, Urbana aldermen approved lowering the fine for posessing small amounts of marijuana from $300 to $50.  Alderman Aaron Ammons calls the higher amount 'egregious', and said it disproportionately impacts African-Americans in the city.  The fine applies to someone with less than 30 grams of the drug.


Activists rally for a $15 minimum wage outside of the McDonald's on Neil Street and Kirby Avenue in Champaign.
Hannah Meisel/Illinois Public Media (FILE)
April 02, 2016

Focus Shifts To Illinois In Next Push For $15 Minimum Wage

California and New York -- where almost 1 in 5 Americans live -- are on their way to raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour. And the activists who spearheaded those efforts are now setting their sights on other similarly liberal, Democratic-led states, including Illinois.


Harvest activity just south of Rantoul, Ill., on Sept. 26, 2014.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
April 01, 2016

Why Didn’t An Illinois Professor Have To Disclose GMO Funding?

The private fund-raising arms of public universities, called foundations, are coming under scrutiny around the country.  Watchdogs have found questionable spending that’s led to resignations and legal challenges to their privacy.  In the course of reporting on a University of Illinois professor,  Monica Eng of WBEZ discovered a different way foundation privacy practices are raising questions.  


The Alama Mater statue on the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois.
University of Illinois LIbrary/Flickr
April 01, 2016

Union For UI Non-Tenured Faculty Schedule Strike Authorization Vote

Frustrated by what they see as a lack of progress in contract negotiations, the Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition will hold a strike authorization vote for its members at the University of Illinois Urbana campus next week.


Chicago Marathon Runners
Creative Commons/NVitkus
April 01, 2016

The 21st: Gender In Politics, And Why People Run Marathons

How has Hillary Clinton’s campaign changed the conversation about women holding political office? Some of our female politicians in Illinois weigh in on gender and politics. Then, as we approach marathon and half marathon season, many in Illinois will be taking on those 26.2 and 13.1 miles feats, whiles other are left others wondering "why?"


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