Muslim women ride the subway
Penguin Press
April 28, 2016

‘Excellent Daughters’ Throughout The Middle East Are Transforming Life In Their Countries

Journalist Katherine Zoepf (zohf) covered the Middle East for The New York Times between 2004 and 2010. And she says the reality is much more nuanced than the views of the region commonly held in the US. Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort talked with Zoepf about the stories shared in her recent book "Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of the Young Women Who are Transforming the Arab World."

Family and friends of Ashley Gibson, who died last week, address the media in Champaign Wednesday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 27, 2016

Gibson’s Mother: ‘She Was Full Of Life.’

The family of Ashley Gibson has spoken for the first time since authorities reported the death of the 24-year old from Urbana, whose remains were discovered in Clinton Lake on Sunday.  Her mother, Ranae, says her daughter had dreams of leaving the area and joining the military, and never met a stranger. 

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Chicago, for his sentencing on federal banking charges which he pled guilty to last year.
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
April 27, 2016

Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison

A federal judge has sentened former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois to 15 months in prison in a hush-money case.  Judge Thomas Durkin described the former high school wrestling coach as a "serial child molester." 

April 25, 2016

Incarcerated Mothers, Fusion Energy & Higher Ed Funding

On the 21st: There are more than 175,000 Illinois kids with a parent in prison - we spoke with some of these families and the organizations that help them stay in touch. Also, a fusion energy testing facility is starting operations in Illinois. And $600 million will soon start flowing to Illinois colleges and universities. We spoke with the president of Western Illinois University about what this means for his campus.

Jack McCullough
Illinois Dept. of Corrections via AP
April 22, 2016

Judge Drops Charges Against McCullough In 1957 Murder

A judge has dismissed criminal charges against Jack McCullough, but is making no immediate decision on a request to appoint a special prosecutor in the case of the 76-year-old man who a state's attorney says was wrongly convicted in a 1957 killing.  

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