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. 


Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland is introduced as President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court during an announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
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March 18, 2016

Sen. Kirk Calls For Vote On Garland Nomination

The Republican told WLS Radio in Chicago Friday that the Senate should he Senate should "man up and cast a vote.''  President Obama nominated U.S. appeals court Judge Merrick Garland on Wednesday.  Kirk is the first GOP Senator to break with party leaders, who say there won't be a hearing for him.


Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland, right, shakes hands with President Barack Obama as he is introduced as Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court during an announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, Mar
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press
March 16, 2016

Obama’s High Court Nominee Is Chicago Area Native

President Barack Obama's U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland was born in Chicago. While attending Niles West High School in nearby Skokie, he was involved with student government, drama and debating. 


US Voting graphic
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March 16, 2016

Record Primary Turnout For Champaign County

Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten says interest in both presidential primaries contributed to the roughly 60,000 votes cast, but he says others, particularly University of Illinois students, were drawn to the polls because of a new same-day voter registration law.  He says at one campus polling site, about 200 were still in line as the polls closed at 7 p.m.


Illinois' Jaylon Tate (1) in action during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Indiana, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Bloomington, Ind.
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March 12, 2016

Illinois Guard Tate Arrested On Domestic Battery Charge

Jaylon Tate was arrested hours after Illinois' loss to Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament Friday.  He's facing a misdemeanor charge. Tate is the third Illinios player to face charges since August. 


U-S Supreme Court JusticeSonia Sotomayor with Law Prof. Robin Kar at the University of Illinois Krannert Center
Niala Boodhoo/Illinois Public Media
March 08, 2016

Supreme Court Justice Speaks At U Of I Campus

A capacity crowd of about two thousand people heard US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speak at the University of Illinois Krannert Center Monday night in Urbana. 


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