Current state law prohibits people with felony records from working in a school, or volunteering, or even driving a truck that makes deliveries to a school. But a measure pending before the Illinois House of Representatives could change that.
The American Dream is in trouble, inequality is growing, and the biggest divide is in education. So says Robert Putnam and he believes he has the research to prove it. Illinois Public Media’s Scott Cameron spoke to him recently and they discussed what is causing this problem and how we can fix it.
A WBEZ investigation found that over a three year span, there were 344 instances when kids spent a week or more in the Cook County juvenile jail waiting for the Department of Children and Family Services to find them a place to live.
Physical therapist Stephanie Dotson talks with Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows about the STAR cancer rehabilitation program at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.
Many hospitals have special units devoted to treating cancer patients. The STAR Program is devoted to providing service to patients after their treatment. Stephanie Dotson oversees the program at OSF St. Joseph. It's used by hospitals and clinics in more than 40 states.
In Illinois, the STAR Program has been adopted by hospitals and clinics in Bloomington/Normal, Pontiac (at OSF St. James/Albrecht Medical Center), Springfield, and in the Peoria, Chicago and St. Louis metro areas.
The STAR Program was originated by Dr. Julie Silver, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and a cancer survivor herself.