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Jennifer Carrow/Penguin Random House
September 25, 2015

‘New Soft War On Women’ Is Pushing Progress Back

Conventional wisdom says there’s never been a better time to be a woman. For the first time in U.S. History, women make up half of the educated labor force and are earning the majority of advanced degrees. Not so fast. Caryl Rivers says if you look more closely, women now must fight what she dubs the “New Soft War on Women.” That’s the title of a new book she wrote with Rosalind Barnett, just out in paperback. 

Will Leitch standing in front of the Sullivan Theatre in New York City.
Provided by Will Leitch
September 25, 2015

Will Leitch Dives Into Politics

The founding editor of Deadspin made his name writing about sports, but has turned to politics in time for the 2016 presidential election.  Will Leitch stopped by the WILL studios to talk with Brian Moline.

Pope Francis is applauded as he arrives to address a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, making history as the first pontiff to do so.
Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP
September 24, 2015

Davis, Durbin Praise Pope’s Address To Congress

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Congressman Rodney Davis agreed with the pope's words before a joint meeting of Congress Thursday.  But they differed over funding for Planned Parenthood.

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(Illinois Dept. of Agriculture)
September 24, 2015

Illinois Ag & State Fair Directors Resign

No reasons were given for the resignations of state Agriculture Director Phil Nelson and State Fair manager Patrick Buchen.

Jessica Hopper sitting on an outdoor staircase
Photo provided by Featherproof Books
September 24, 2015

Music Critic Hopes Conversation Leads To Change

Music critic Jessica Hopper recently started a social media conversation about how women and other marginalized groups have been discouraged in their pursuits in the music industry.  Hopper will be in Champaign-Urbana for this weekend's Pygmalion Festival.  She spoke with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline about how that conversation started, and where she hopes it could lead.

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(Village of Savoy)
September 23, 2015

Savoy Trustees Approve Clinton Landfill Consent Decree

The Savoy Village Board voted unaniminously Wednesday night to approve the Clinton Landfill consent decree, becoming the 11th member of the Mahomet Aquifer Coalition to endorse the agreement.

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