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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - May 25, 2007

World War II Oral Histories

World War II Oral Histories

World War II was a transforming event in American history. But the number of people who have direct memories of the war is shrinking by the day. In September, WILL-TV will air the Ken Burns documentary "The War." In conjunction with the program, WILL is helping with an effort to record as many oral histories as possible from those who lived through that era, either on the battle lines or on the home front. AM 580's Tom Rogers introduces us to people who have made it their mission to get memories on tape.

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Categories: History
Tags: history

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - May 21, 2007

China Trade

China is a nation of 1.3 billion people. In other words, multiply the US population by more than four, and you have China. That's a highly attractive business market for people in Illinois who have something to sell. But the head of the state of Illinois' trade office in Shanghai says setting up shop in China is NOT a simple proposition. On the other hand, as AM 580's Tom Rogers reports from Shanghai, it can be done, and done very well.

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Categories: Economics
Tags: economy, china

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - May 14, 2007

Antibiotic Research

Each year antibiotics save millions of lives. But many antibiotics are increasingly losing their effectiveness. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana are now tackling this problem. In their search for new lifesaving antibiotics, the National Institutes of Health have awarded a group of scientists a $7 million grant. Michael Koliska reports.

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Categories: Health, Science
Tags: health, science

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 23, 2007

A New President at Eastern Illinois University

Earlier this month, EIU selected William Perry (left) as its tenth president. Perry comes from Texas A&M University, but received masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois. Perry says a return to the Midwest from Texas was simply a bonus -- AM 580's Jeff Bossert spoke with Perry about what appealed to him about EIU and the challenges he'll face.

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Categories: Education
Tags: education

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 20, 2007

George Takei on Growing up and Coming Out

Takei is best known as Mr. Sulu from the series "Star Trek." But besides his newly-revived acting career (he has a new generation of fans for his role in the NBC series "Heroes" and appearances on the Howard Stern radio show), Takei has been politically active as a human rights activist. Takei grew up during the Second World War, and at the age of 5 he and his family were sent to a Japanese-American internment camp. Takei spoke with AM 580's Michael Koliska during a recent appearance on the UI campus.

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Categories: Entertainment, History

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 13, 2007

A Key School Board Election

Candidates for the Champaign Unit 4 School Board answered questions about the federal consent decree, No Child Left Behind and the police presence in middle and high schools during a PTA forum before the March 17 election. But one question that wasn't asked was how the candidates felt about the administration of Superintendent Arthur Culver. AM 580's Jim Meadows posed that question after the forum was over, and seven candidates gave their answers.

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Categories: Education, Government, Politics

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 12, 2007

Dealing with Growth

The recent decision to ban smoking in Champaign bars and restaurants could play the most publicized role in who wins in next week's city council election. But there are other issues that could influence Tuesday's vote for three at-large council members. AM 580's Jeff Bossert looks at the issue of growth in southwest Champaign (left: Curtis Road interchange, with Barkstall School in the background) and the approach each candidate wants to take.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 11, 2007

Illinois Schools and Competing Tax Plans

Illinois' largest teachers' union has lined up behind Governor Rod Blagojevich's proposal to launch a new business tax to boost funding for education and health care. But the Illinois Education Association's president says that does not mean the union is opposed to an alternative plan that the governor opposes - a plan that would raise the state's income tax while lowering local property taxes. As AM 580's Tom Rogers reports, all IEA president Ken Swanson (left) wants to see is the end of what he calls chronic state underfunding.

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Categories: Education, Government, Politics

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - March 30, 2007

Turning Ideas into Action

For the last year and a half, a planning process called "big.small.all" has been bringing Champaign County residents together to talk about their dreams and goals for the county's future. Those dreams and goals have been presented back to the county in the form of a report called "our future.here." Now, organizers say the next step is to turn some of those dreams into reality. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - March 08, 2007

Rather on News, History and Rather

At age 75, former CBS News anchor Dan Rather is still reporting and traveling around the world. He just came back from Afghanistan and made his way straight to the University of Illinois, speaking to hundreds of students at Foellinger Auditorium. Rather's speech was called "Off the Record," but before that he spoke exclusively on the record with AM 580 student reporter Michael Koliska.

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