The new water tower in Gifford, which is expected to operational in a few weeks.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
November 17, 2015

Gifford: Two Years Later

There are no big ceremonies Tuesday to mark the two-year mark of the EF-4 tornado that tore through the tiny Champaign County village of Gifford, destroying or damaging 70 homes.  "We did not want to always dwell on the destruction of what had happened that day," said Christina Gann, who was a large part of relief efforts in 2013 and 2014.


John's seal on the cover of Magna Carta: The Birth Of Liberty
Viking Press
October 27, 2015

So You Think You Know The Magna Carta…?

This year, the Magna Carta will turn 800 years old. The document, literally “Great Charter” when translated from Latin, is revered as the founding document of western democracy. Its language is found in many later key political documents including the US constitution and the Bill of Rights. But when Dan Jones dug into its history he found a very different story than we assume. Illinois Public Media's Amanda Honigfort talked with Jones about what he found. 


Pope Francis is applauded as he arrives to address a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, making history as the first pontiff to do so.
Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP
September 24, 2015

Davis, Durbin Praise Pope’s Address To Congress

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Congressman Rodney Davis agreed with the pope's words before a joint meeting of Congress Thursday.  But they differed over funding for Planned Parenthood.


Suspect knocks over the 9-foot-tall menorah outside of Illini Chabad on Wednesday morning.
Courtesy of the U of I Police
August 20, 2015

Campus Jewish Symbol Vandalized Again

University of Illinois police are searching for the person who knocked down a the giant decorative menorah outside of a Jewish cultural center on campus. As Hannah Meisel reports, it's the second time the menorah's been damaged this year


n this Nov. 27, 2013 file photo, Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert hold their Illinois marriage license at their home in Chicago following their marriage by a Cook County judge. They were granted an exception to marry before Illinois' law formally
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
June 26, 2015

Illinois, Indiana Reax To High Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Advocates in Illinois are celebrating the Supreme Court's ruling making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.  Equality Illinois says the ruling sends a powerful message that LGBT Americans "should be treated equally and justly in all facets of life.''


In this Sept. 20, 2014 file photo, Cardinal Francis George speaks at a news conference in Chicago.
(AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
April 17, 2015

Chicago Cardinal Francis George Dies At Age 78

Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died. He was 78.


Scott McCorkle, CEO Salesforce.com, joins Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long, left, and House Speaker Brian C. Bosma as they announce changes to the state's new religious objections law.
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
April 02, 2015

Indiana Lawmakers, Governor Approve Religious Law Changes

The changes to the religious objections law were announced Thursday morning, and approved by both chambers that afternoon.  Republican Gov. Mike Pence later signed the altered measure, which takes effect in July.


Thousands of opponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State
(AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)
April 01, 2015

Rauner, Sen. Kirk Criticize New Indiana Law

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said the Indiana religious-objections law could 'open the door to discriminatory behavior', while U.S. Senator Mark Kirk called it 'basically un-American.'


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