Poet Richard Blanco with President Obama
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
April 07, 2015

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco On Identity, Art And Fame

Richard Blanco likes to say that he was made in Cuba, assembled in Spain and imported to the United States. The writer served as the country's fifth inaugural poet at President Obama's 2013 inauguration – an assignment that forced him to confront some long-standing questions about his own identity. 


Illinois Senator Bill Brady speaks in Naperville November 4th.
(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
April 04, 2015

Brady Wants To Push University Privatization Discussion

Sen. Bill Brady pulled legislation that would privatize Illinois' public universities.  But the former Republican candidate for governor says he wants to keep discussing the idea.


a cake called tequila mockingbird decorated to look like a drunk bird and a bottle of tequila
Credit: Kaitlin Bane/WILL
April 03, 2015

Devouring Books At The Edible Book Festival

Every year around the start of April, book lovers gather with some of their favorite titles ... and eat them.  It's called the annual Edible Book Festival. This year's local event was held April 1st on the University of Illinois Urbana campus. The creations compete for awards in categories that include, the Funniest-Punniest.


Champaign Centennial High School
(Champaign Unit 4 Schools)
April 01, 2015

Students In December Protest Involved In ‘Restorative’ Talk

Sunday's conversation that included students, parents, and public officials was the decision of State's Attorney Julia Rietz, rather than charging anyone with a crime.  The 'Black Lives Matter' protest occured outside Champaign Centennial High School Dec. 4th.


Bloomington Republican Senator Bill Brady talks with reporters last March 18.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
March 23, 2015

Sen. Brady Has Plan To Privatize State Universities

The Blooomington Republican wants to privatize Illinois' public schools over a six-year period, saying they need less regulation and more freedom to make decisions.  It's a plan immediately criticized by the state's College Democrats.


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