Mike Madigan and Amanda Vinicky
Steve Brown
July 29, 2016

Madigan On Illinois Issues; United Way; Sunscreen; Scientists With Disabilities

On the 21st: We heard highlights from a recent interview with Speaker Michael Madigan, and learned about how the state budget impasse is impacting a non-governmental organization that supports social service agencies across the state. We also talked about the science of sunscreen and met a chemistry graduate student who wants to raise awareness about scientists with disabilities.


In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, marijuana grows at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is working with Illinois police on how to handle a law change making marijuana possession in small am
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
July 29, 2016

Rauner Signs Bill Reducing Pot Penalties

Gov. Rauner has approved a bill making small amount of marijuana possession punishable with fines, not jail. The new law means possessing 10 grams of pot or less will be a civil offense punishable with a fine of up to $200.


Donna Pittman, the new permanent director of the Champaign Public Library.
(City of Champaign)
July 29, 2016

Champaign Library Hires Interim Director Pittman To Permanent Job

The Champaign Public Library has been seeking a new permanent director for months.  Friday, its Board of Trustees announced Interim Director Donna Pittman had been hired, besting one other finalist.  Among her plans are a library strategic plan, which she calls 'a road map for the years ahead.'


Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman delivers during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago.
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
July 29, 2016

Chapman Trade Leaves Cubs Fans Conflicted

The Chicago Cubs recently traded for one of the best relief pitchers in baseball as they attempt to win the team’s first World Series championship since 1908.  Adding a player of Aroldis Chapman’s caliber should be a cause for celebration for the team’s fans.  But Chapman brings with him some off-the-field issues that have given some Cubs fans pause. Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline talks with Brett Taylor of Bleacher Nation about the move.


Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., waves to delegates during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 28, 2016.
J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press
July 28, 2016

Attorney General: Duckworth Lawsuit Settlement Final

The Illinois Attorney General's office says a settlement in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is final and the plaintiffs can't back out even if no paperwork
was signed. Duckworth faces GOP U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in a November election that could influence control of the Senate.


pregnancy
PublicDomainPictures.com
July 28, 2016

Chemicals Of Concern; Police Chief Who Took Bullet For Reagan; Lawns & Native Landscape

On the 21st: We talked with scientists about chemicals in everyday products that may be dangerous to pregnant women and children. We also learned about the Chicago neighborhood that will soon be home to the Obama Presidential Library and heard from Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy about his reaction to would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley, Jr.'s release. Plus, we spoke about the American lawn and how to incorporate native plants into home landscaping.


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