child with violin
Flickr/dominique cappronnier
February 16, 2017

Kids & Music Classes; Lack of Volunteer Firefighters In Illinois; Budget Address Follow-Up

On the 21st: We visit a music class at Leal elementary school and learn about a new research study exploring the factors that influence children's pursuit of music lessons. We also discussed how the lack of volunteers enlisting in local fire departments in recent years is affecting communities in Illinois, and checked in with social service agencies following Governor Rauner's budget address.


Illinois Statehouse
Brian Mackey/WUIS
February 14, 2017

Budget Address Preview; Evangelicals & Refugees; Local Programs Address Food Poverty

On the 21st: We got a preview of Governor Rauner’s upcoming budget address and learned what social service agencies that rely on state funding hope to hear. We also discussed a recent letter signed by hundreds of conservative evangelical leaders denouncing President Trump's immigration executive order and learned about two new initiatives aimed at providing food to those in need.


Abraham Lincoln presenter
Jon Langham/Pioneer Press
February 13, 2017

Illinois Celebrates President Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

On the 21st: As Illinois celebrates President  Abraham Lincoln’s 208th birthday, we talked to people who have made it their life’s work to present Abraham Lincoln in classrooms, at libraries, on stage, even at birthday parties. Plus, we spoke with food historian Rae Eighmey about her book, “Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln’s Life and Times.”


sick child
kourtlynlott /flickr
February 08, 2017

Sick Kids & School; Conversations On Race; Bat Robot; Obama Day

On the 21st: We explored how to decide when to keep a sick child home - and when to send them to school. We also talked to two Carbondale residents about the role conversations about race play in this political climate. Plus, we learned about a robot that flies like a bat and discussed the proposals to establish August 4 as Obama Day in Illinois.


The Champaign-Urbana Film Society is accepting entries for this year's Pens to Lens student screenwriting and filmmaking competition.
Pens to Lens
February 07, 2017

‘Pens To Lens’ Accepting 2017 Entries

The Pens to Lens student screenwriting competition is now in its fifth year.  The project of the Champaign-Urbana Film Society is accepting screenwriting submissions from K-12 students in east central Illinois now through February 28th.


This still image taken from United States Courts shows Judge James Robart listening to a case at Seattle Courthouse on March 12, 2013 in Seattle. Robart placed a nationwide hold on President Donald Trump's executive order, banning travel to the
United States Courts via AP
February 06, 2017

Immigration Ban Blocked; Central Illinois Trump Supporter; Illinois Politics; ISU President

On the 21st: We talked with a Chicago-based immigration lawyer about what the halt to President Trump's immigration ban means for people trying to get into Illinois. Plus, we talked with a Stonington resident about getting to meet President Trump in person, get the latest in Illinois politics and spoke with the president of Illinois State University about how they've been faring throughout the budget stalemate.


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