John Shimkus, during an interview with WILL in 2013.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
November 17, 2015

Illinois Republicans In Congress Back Closing Borders To Syrian Refugees

​Republicans in Illinois' Congressional delegation are on board with Governor Bruce Rauner's move to temporarily close the state's borders to Syrian refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. The state's eight Republican House members are also condemning President Obama's plan to let in 10,000 refugees from that country this year.


Stephen Voss/NPR
October 28, 2015

New Host, Kelly McEvers, Will Bring Her Midwestern Roots To All Things Considered

Kelly McEvers knew from the first story she wrote for the Daily Illini while studying at the University of Illinois that she wanted to be a journalist. You've heard her report more recently as NPR's Beirut Bureau Chief and now as one of the new hosts of All Things Considered

McEvers recently talked with Illinois Public Media's Amanda Honigfort about being a foreign correspondent, bringing more of Midwest perspective to All Things Considered, and growing up in nearby Lincoln, Illinois. 


Adolf Tolkachev leaving his car at a roadblock on June 9, 1985.
Courtesy of H. Keith Melton and the Melton Archive
July 10, 2015

A Tale Of Real-Life Espionage In New Book

David Hoffman details the story of Adolf Tolkachev, the most valuable Soviet spy during the Cold War, and the CIA agents he passed hundreds of thousands of pages of information to in his new book – the Billion Dollar Spy. 


Rodney Davis
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
July 05, 2015

Davis Says Trade With Cuba Could Help Overthrow Castro Regime

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) says he supports normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba as a step towards expanded trade with the country, which he believes would help hasten the overthrow of the Castro regime.


President Barack Obama receives His Excellency Andris Razans Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia, during an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office
Wikipedia Commons; White House Image/Chuck Kennedy
March 20, 2015

Latvian Ambassador Bullish On EU; Not Worried About Russia, Greece

Ambassador Andris Razāns has served as the Latvian ambassador to the United States and Mexico since July of 2012 and 2013 respectively. He spoke with Illinois Public Media about the challenges facing the European Union, particularly Greece’s debt problems and Russian aggression and about how Latvia gained its independence through song. 


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