The Gateway Arch
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October 28, 2015

Four minutes up, three minutes down: Listen to a first-timer travel to the top of the Arch

St. Louis is celebrating 50 years of the Gateway Arch, the city's most famous structure and the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere. The Arch is a mainstay of St. Louis tourism, with more than two million visitors every year; but some long-time residents of the area have never taken the famous ride to the top. David Reddick of Kirkwood is one of them. He joined Illinois Public Radio's Áine O'Connor on a tram ride to the top of the Arch.

Surveillance camera screenshot of suspect in October 28 armed robbery of First Financial Bank on South Prospect Avenue in Champaign.
Champaign Police Department
October 28, 2015

Champaign Police Seek Suspect In Morning Bank Holdup

Champaign Police say a man wearing an orange hardhat and a neon yellow vest held up the First Financial Bank on South Prospect Avenue Wednesday morning, fleeing on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.

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October 28, 2015

New Host, Kelly McEvers, Will Bring Her Midwestern Roots To All Things Considered

Kelly McEvers knew from the first story she wrote for the Daily Illini while studying at the University of Illinois that she wanted to be a journalist. You've heard her report more recently as NPR's Beirut Bureau Chief and now as one of the new hosts of All Things Considered

McEvers recently talked with Illinois Public Media's Amanda Honigfort about being a foreign correspondent, bringing more of Midwest perspective to All Things Considered, and growing up in nearby Lincoln, Illinois. 

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, center, arrives at the federal courthouse Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Chicago, where he is scheduled to change his plea to guilty in a hush-money case that alleges he agreed to pay someone $3.5 million to hide cl
Matt Marton/AP
October 28, 2015

Dennis Hastert Pleads Guilty In Hush-Money Case

The plea deal in the former US House Speaker's hush-money case recommends up to a 6-month prison sentence.  An indictment issued in May said Hastert agreed to pay someone known as "Individual A" to hide past misconduct.

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