President Barack Obama delivering his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.
Evan Vucci/Associated Press
January 13, 2016

Reactions To President Obama’s Last SOTU Address

In this election year, members of Congress each side of the political aisle had a different take on President Obama’s final State of the Union Address, and what it could mean for his legacy.  Area lawmakers praised some plans, including a pledge for criminal justice reform, but Republicans say he's taking the wrong approach to battling ISIS.

The Air Force performing troupe Tops in Blue, in performance.
Robin Cresswell/ US Air Force Photo Archive
December 26, 2015

Scott Air Force Base to Host Possible Farewell Concert

The January 15th performance at Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County may be the final one for Tops in Blue, a military performance troupe which has been targeted for cancellation by the U-S Air Force.

A sign at Lincoln's Challenge Academy in Rantoul
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 06, 2015

Budget Stalemate Hurting Recruitment At Lincoln’s Challenge

The National Guard-run program for at-risk youth in Rantoul was able to continue as scheduled in summer 2015, delayed only slightly to determine if staff could be paid during Illinois' budget impasse.  But that same lack of a budget is giving off an impression that Lincoln's Challenge is not taking new cadets, just weeks from when the next class is scheduled to start.

Southern Illinois University logo.
November 06, 2015

VICE Ranks Three Illinois Schools Among Nations Most “Militarized”

An SIU spokesperson expressed surprise at the use of the term "militarized", but said its #23 ranking shows that the university offers "relevant degrees" for people in the military community. The University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus ranked #83 in the same report.

Planes on display at the Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
October 29, 2015

Rantoul Air Museum Shutting Its Doors Early

The Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul closes its doors Saturday, two months earlier than originally planned.  The original decision was made last spring for financial reasons, but Curator Mark Hanson says the closure date was moved up since many exhibits are already being moved. 

7-year old Hank Kovach, who suffers from Doose Syndrome, uses a liquid extract of marijuana called cannabiodiol, or Epidiolex.
September 10, 2015

The Demand For Medical Cannabis In Illinois

While a handful of sites grow Illinois' first medical marijuana, those suffering from a number of conditions are waiting for the first dispensaries to open. There's also an effort underway to expand the pilot program that expires in just over two years.

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