There's no prerequisite for setting up a web log, or blog... except having a computer and having something to say. Many have joined in, in hopes that others will see their blogs and weigh in. Many bloggers say they need to update readers on the latest in politics or take the media to task, while others simply like writing for writing's sake. AM 580's Jeff Bossert introduces us to some local bloggers and why they do it.
Illinois Public Media News
The balance between cars and pedestrians is tough to achieve. Some cities have turned to a new generation of street design techniques known collectively as traffic calming to keep speeds down and walkers safe. As AM 580's Tom Rogers reports, those changes meet with mixed results, and drivers and neighbors aren't always happy with them.
It's now estimated that 60 percent of Illinois students get their first state of higher education in the state's community college system, and enrollment is increasing. At the same time, state funding for community colleges has been declining. Danville Area Community College president Alice Jacobs is the new head of the Illinois Council of Public Community College Presidents, which represents 39 schools across the state -- she tells AM 580's Dan Simeone about the challenges and opportunities Illinois community colleges face.
Beyond the steroid scandal, multimillion dollar salaries and lucrative product endorsements, baseball is still a game -- one that many who now make the big bucks played for fun the same way many of us did when we were kids. Some Chicago cubs and St. Louis Cardinals heroes of the 80's recently took to the diamond at Joliet's Silver Cross Field (left) expressly for that purpose. AM 580's Jeff Bossert was among the spectators.
Social Security was a recurring issue at a recent town hall meeting held by 15th district Congressman Tim Johnson of Urbana. People who oppose the concept of private, personal Social Security accounts got the Republican to voice his his opposition as well -- but only with a careful qualification. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.
Gasoline is expensive. Diesel fuel is even more so. But there's a substantially cheaper motor fuel on the market, and the cars that run on it are readily available. But this alternative fuel is not a panacea. Jim Meadows reports on the pluses and minuses of E85 fuel.
Urbana's Carle Foundation Hospital will build a new institute dedicated to the research and treatment of breast cancer, thanks to the biggest single gift in the hospital's history. The $10 million donation comes from Linda Mills, who has coped with breast cancer for more than 13 years. Mills, a board member of Busey Bank, deferred comment to her husband, First Busey Corporation CEO Doug Mills, who says their ordeal began on the last day of 1991 when Linda was first diagnosed. The Institute is expected to open in 2008.
Modern technology has allowed for editing of movies on DVD without the consent of studios. One service called CleanFlicks distributes edited versions of films, while another, CleanPlay, sells software that allows parents to filter out content they don't want their kids to see. Attorney Carrie Beyer, who wrote about the subject for the University of Illinois Law Review, tells AM 580's Jeff Bossert that both services have become the subject of legal battles over who has the right to remove or alter a film's content.
Shortly after the journalist and author committed suicide at the age of 36, the curator of a museum in Nanjing, China -- a city Chang wrote extensively about -- came to her gravesite to pay his respects. His organization now plans to fund two statues of Chang, one to be placed in a museum in Nanjing and the other to go to her family in the US. AM 580's Jeff Bossert spoke with Shau-Jin and Ying-Ying Chang, who'll decide where a statue on American soil will best honor Iris' memory and inspire others.
A young journalist's learning experience often involves covering a nearby school board or house fire. But for a group of Illinois students, their beat was a foreign country with an unfamiliar language. The ten students are back from three weeks in Peru, where they talked with government leaders, poor villagers, alleged terrorists and ordinary Peruvians. The result is a two-hour documentary, "Assignment: Peru", which aired July 2 on AM 580. Tom Rogers talked to two of the student reporters and the professor who oversaw their South American trip.