Wreckage of a house moved off of its foundation by a tornado in rural Jackson County.
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU
March 02, 2017

Tornado Destroys Homes In Rural Jackson County

The last day of February once again brought tornados to Southern Illinois.

In 2012, it was the town of Harrisburg in Saline County that endured a lot of tornado damage.

This time, the heavy damage was a few counties west in the rural areas of northern Jackson County.


Chase Cavanaugh/WNIJ
March 01, 2017

Tornadoes Hit Illinois; Travel Ban & Health Care; Title IX & Sexual Assault; State Farm

On the 21st: We checked in with areas of the state affected by Tuesday night's severe weather and discussed the impact of the Trump administration's travel ban on health care, with a focus on rural and under-served areas. We also continued our series on sexual assault on college campuses with a discussion about Title IX and got the latest on State Farm's losses pertaining to auto insurance.


Baseball-sized hailstone that fell in Ottawa, IL
Tim Creedon via AP
March 01, 2017

Storms, Tornadoes Rake Illinois

Heavy storms including tornadoes are blamed for two deaths in Illinois overnight.

Authorities say one person was killed in the LaSalle County town of Ottawa when he was struck by an uprooted tree.

And in southern Illinois, the White County Coroner says a suspected tornado hit a small building near a house in the Crossville area, killing a 71-year-old man and injuring his wife.


Romantic violence book
RomanticViolence.com
February 28, 2017

Life After Hate; Sexual Harassment In The Sciences; Severe Weather & Tornadoes

On the 21st: We spoke with a former white supremacist about his efforts to help people leave hate groups. We also discussed the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace - with a focus on the sciences - and spoke with an atmospheric scientists about severe weather in the forecase and the impact of the late Bill Paxton on the meteorology community.


A.D. Carson
Ken Scar/Clemson University
February 25, 2017

Decatur Scholar Turns Rhymes Into Dope Dissertation

A.D. Carson grew up in Decatur, graduated from Millikin University, and earned a master's degree here at the University of Illinois Springfield. He’s now a Ph.D candidate at Clemson University, where recently he defended his dissertation -- a hip-hop project that’s gone viral.


The Chicago Bears play the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Kiichiro Sato/AP
February 23, 2017

Workers Compensation For Athletes; Heart Disease and Women’s Health; Natural Hair Bias

On the 21st: Why is the NFL paying attention to laws in Springfield? We talked about why a proposal in the Statehouse has attracted the attention of the NFL Players Association, and heard from an Illinois lawmaker and the head of the Illinois Manufacturers Association about what they would like to see happen with worker’s comp laws. And, heart disease is the leading cause of death among most American women. But are women paying attention? Plus, we talked about the issue of “hair bias” when it comes to natural hair worn by black women.


The Illinois Farm Bureau in Bloomington, Ill.
Sean Powers/WILL
February 21, 2017

Illinois Agricultural Economy; Mexican Social Club

On the 21st: With commodity prices low for corn, wheat, cattle and hogs, how are Illinois farmers faring? We checked in with farmers in various industries and also spoke with a member of the Cuitzillo social club in East Aurora to hear her thoughts on the first few weeks of President Trump in the White House.


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