Pumpkin pie
Photo: United States Department of Agriculture
April 17, 2015

Commotion In The Capitol Over State Pie

Finally, pumpkin pie might be getting the attention it deserves from lawmakers in Springfield. Illinois grows 95 percent of pumpkins processed in the United States, and lawmakers have proposed a bill making pumpkin pie the official pie of Illinois.


AP Photo
April 17, 2015

Falling Union Membership? The Governor Has A Theory About That ...

Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent much of his first few months in office talking about labor unions. He’s shared not only policy proposals, but also his ideas about the history of the union movement. Illinois Public Media's Brian Mackey wrote about the state of labor in the April edition of Illinois Issues magazine and decided to take a closer look at one the governor’s theories.


beautifully arranged variety of vegetables
April 16, 2015

Food Deserts Spreading In Rural Areas

The U. S. Department of Agriculture describes a food desert as: a neighborhood or town without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options.


Champaign City Building
Wikimedia Commons
April 15, 2015

Voters at Town Meeting Authorize Sale of Buildings

City of Champaign Township officials say they need larger facilities that are more accessible to people with disabilities, and that there have been inquiries about their office buildings from potential buyers.


Travelers wait in line after several delays at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
April 13, 2015

Are People Really Leaving Illinois In Droves?

Last year, Illinois was one of a handful of states that lost population. More than 90,000 people moved elsewhere.  It became a campaign issue for Governor when then candidate Bruce Rauner criticized the state's lack of friendliness to business, but the numbers don't mean mean there is a crisis, or even a real clamor, to leave the state.                    


April 11, 2015

Pilot Program Set To Help Break Heroin Addiction

The Champaign County Drug Court will soon offer a new option for some trying to break their addiction to heroin. The pilot program launches later this month and will eventually provide medication and therapy to up to 30 people who qualify and consent to the treatment.


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