Sears store
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January 09, 2017

Sears Closing 150 Stores; Hog Facility Controversy; Sexual Assault Awareness Training For Stylists

On the 21st: Sears is one of Illinois’ most iconic brands, but is the end near for one of our oldest companies? We also got the latest on the revolt against a proposed 20,000-hog facility in western Illinois, and learned about a new state law that requires salon professionals to receive training to recognize signs of sexual assault and domestic violence.


Adeiaide Aime (L), the new executive director of RACES, talks about her plans for the agency, along with RACES Board President Laura Shackelford.
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January 06, 2017

RACES Introduces New Executive Director, Vows To Rebuild

RACES, the Urbana-based agency offering help for rape victims in Champaign, Douglas, Ford and Piatt counties, has a new executive director, who vows to restore the services it was forced to cut due to the state budget impasse.


Faith United Methodist Church's Centennial Hall, site of the winter men's shelter on Sunday thru Thursday nights.
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January 05, 2017

Winter Men’s Shelter For Homeless Starts Operations

An overnight winter shelter for homeless men begins operations Friday in Champaign, and will function through the end of March. The collaboration between the faith-based community and a number of local agencies was due in part to the state budget impasse, and the result of months of planning. First Presbyterian Church downtown will host the shelter during the week, while Faith United Methodist will serve in that role Friday and Saturday nights.


Hundreds of people raise up lit candles at a memorial vigil for Devon McClyde.
Pam Dempsey / Illinois Public Media
January 04, 2017

The Toll Of Gun Violence Across Illinois

On the 21st: We went beyond the recent news headlines to ask: Why are so many people being killed, not only in Chicago, but in many Midwestern cities? What will it take to stop the violence? We also learned about community efforts in Danville and Peoria to reduce gun violence.


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