building construction
Flickr / sandia labs
September 09, 2016

Building: A Habitat Home And A LEGO Skyscraper

On the 21st: We spoke with three Illinois religious leaders who are part of an interfaith effort to build a Habitat for Humanity house. Plus, we met the artist behind the LEGO exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and learned about the effect toys can have on children's perceptions of their own abilities.

Pride flag superimposed with two male stick figures and one of a child
flickr user oiww
August 03, 2016

LGBT Foster Children; Lost And Found Dogs; Precision Medicine; Pencils World Record

On the 21st: We talked about the outreach that the Illinois Department of Family Services is making to the broader LGBT community to help place LGBT children in foster and adoptive homes. Also, we had the story of a Belvidere woman whose dog was missing for more than a month - and the happy ending helped along by strangers. Plus, we learned about the White House initiative on precision medicine and checked in on the attempt in Chillicothe at a world record for the longest line of pencils.

July 28, 2016

Chemicals Of Concern; Police Chief Who Took Bullet For Reagan; Lawns & Native Landscape

On the 21st: We talked with scientists about chemicals in everyday products that may be dangerous to pregnant women and children. We also learned about the Chicago neighborhood that will soon be home to the Obama Presidential Library and heard from Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy about his reaction to would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley, Jr.'s release. Plus, we spoke about the American lawn and how to incorporate native plants into home landscaping.

flickr user jessicafm
July 13, 2016

Gun Violence, Trauma & Grief; The Old State Capitol’s Legacy; Financial Exploitation

On The 21st, we talked about the trauma and grief that families go through after losing a loved one to gun violence with a Danville father whose son was killed in a shooting ten years ago and a Chicago psychiatrist. Plus, we heard about the historical significance of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, where presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spoke today. We also talked about financial exploitation of the elderly with the director of a law clinic begun to help those very people.

Heroin in a spoon with a lighter underneath
Wikimedia Commons
June 28, 2016

Heroin In Central Illinois; DeWitt County Human Resource Center; New Pediatric Sleep Guidelines

On the 21st: we talked about heroin use in Central Illinois with two Bloomington-Normal Pantagraph reporters and a Pontiac woman who was addicted for a decade and lost loved ones to the drug; we learned of the impending closure of a mental health treatment center in central Illinois; and we also talked about new guidelines for pediatric sleep, for children from infants to age 18.

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