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."


Congressman Rodney Davis
Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media
March 28, 2016

Davis: Trade Embargo With Cuba Won’t Be Lifted Soon

GOP Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says despite the positive news coming out of President Obama's recent visit to Cuba, there are some obstacles before Congress will consider lifting the U.S. trade embargo with the island country.


Blown out windows of Zaventem airport in Brussels, Belgium, after a deadly attack.
Peter Dejong/AP
March 22, 2016

Terrorist Bombing Strikes Brussels Airport: What We Know

The Associated Press reports that the Islamic State group claimed responsibiltiy for attacks at the international airport and a subway station in the Belgian city of Brussells has left at least 30 people dead and at least 150 wounded. A Belgian federal prosecutor says one of the terror attacks was probably the work of a suicide bomber. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel says authorities are worried there will be more attacks.


Lynn Rohrscheib inspects her soybean fields.
Courtesy of Lynn Rohrscheib
March 21, 2016

The 21st: Trade With Cuba, & STEM Education

Before the embargo - U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba were worth about $600 million a year - in today’s prices.  Others estimate Cuba is a $1.2 billion market for agricultural exports if the embargo and other trade barriers are lifted. Today on The 21st we explored what an open Cuba would mean for Illinois. Also, how a team of Illinois State University researchers and a turtle are changing STEM education. 


In this Dec. 3, 2015, file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at an event in Chicago. Illinois legislative leaders said they made minor progress during a Tuesday, Dec. 8, meeting aimed at ending the state budget stalemate, including agreeing to
M. Spencer Green/Associated Press
December 08, 2015

Rauner Condemns Trump Comments, Keeps Stance On Syrian Refugees

Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday described Donald Trump's call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. as "an extreme action" and "fundamentally counter to American values."  But he maintained his stance on Syrian refugees entering Illinois, and now Iraqis as well.


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