Gifford tornado memorial park
Bill Malone
November 17, 2016

Tornado Recovery - Three Years Later; Sen. Durbin And FEMA; Climate Change & Severe Weather

On the 21st: How are the residents of Washington and Gifford doing three years after the devastating tornadoes passed through? We heard from people across the state, learned about U.S. Senator Dick Durbin's efforts to reform the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and spoke with a climatologist about the link between climate change and tornadoes.


Exelon's nuclear power plant in Clinton, which is currently slated to close in June 2017.
Wikimedia Commons
November 17, 2016

Changes To Measure To Help Exelon Plants

Illinois legislators have introduced a plan meant to save a pair of nuclear power plants. The measure, with a big hike in energy prices, has grown far beyond its original purpose. It's meant in part to save Exelon's nuclear power plants in Clinton and the Quad cities -- and many jobs in those communities.


Tom Murphy Courtesy of the Institute for Genomic Biology-University of Illinois
November 16, 2016

“The Art Of Yellowstone Science” Combines Science And Artwork; Illinois Budget Update

On the 21st: We talked with an Illinois scientist and a photographer who collaborated on a new book about the crossover of science and artwork found at Yellowstone National Park. Plus, we followed up on the state budget post-election and how it's still affecting people in Illinois.


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Wikimedia Commons
November 16, 2016

Rauner And Legislative Leaders Meet On Budget

For the first time since summer ... Governor Bruce Rauner and the legislature's four top leaders got together Tuesday morning. The meeting didn't last long. Roughly a half an hour.  And another meeting was scheduled for Wednesday morning.


St. Joseph-Ogden graduate Nate Michael, playing for McKendree University against Illinois on Tuesday night.
Rob McColley / Illinois Public Meadia
November 16, 2016

Illini Men Pound D-II McKendree 112-65

Jalen Coleman-Lands connected on 6-of-9 three-point shots Tuesday night as the Illini men’s basketball team rolled past Division II McKendree University 112-65.


In this June 9, 2015 photo, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees protest in Chicago.
Christian K. Lee/Associated Press
November 15, 2016

Labor Board Declares Illinois Contract Talks At ‘Impasse’

The Illinois Labor Relations Board has declared contract negotiations between Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration and the largest public-employees union at an impasse. Tuesday's decision allows the Republican governor to impose his terms on the 38,000-member state council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. That gives the union the opportunity to accept the terms or vote to go on strike.


immigration rally
flickr user / hawg
November 15, 2016

How Trump’s Presidency Affects DACA; Police-Community Relations; Elissa Altman’s New Memoir

On the 21st: We discussed concerns regarding the possible loss of protections from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy, which president-elect Donald Trump has said he would rescind. We also talked with a retired police officer about building trust with the community, and spoke with the author of the memoir "Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw."


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