Portrait of Guy Raz.
October 06, 2016

NPR’s Guy Raz Discusses ‘How I Built This’

Many WILL listeners know Guy Raz from the TED Radio Hour, which airs on Saturdays on AM-580 and is available on the NPR One app.  And now, he’s hosting a new NPR podcast called “How I Built This,” featuring conversations with the founders of some of the world’s best known companies. Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spoke with Guy Raz from NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Senator Scott Bennett (D) and Republican Urbana Alderman Mike Madigan debate during Wednesday's forum at the Champaign City Building.
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October 06, 2016

Bennett, Madigan Seek Solutions To Illinois’ Financial Woes

52nd District Senate incumbent Democrat Scott Bennett of Champaign and Republican challenger Mike Madigan found a few areas to agree on during Wednesday's candidate forum in Champaign, but Madigan also endorsed a number of business reforms touted by Governor Bruce Rauner in recent months. The two also looked at where they would make cuts in government operations, and where they stand on pensions.

In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, lead grower Dave Wilson care for marijuana plants in the "Flower Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana center in Albion, IL.
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October 05, 2016

Adding Patients To Pilot Program Now Relies Largely On Courts

In July, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a measure extending the state’s medical marijuana pilot program from January 2018 to July 2020. But as a condition, Illinois' Public Health Director now has sole discretion over adding more qualifying conditions, leaving no power to a re-constituted panel of experts. Chicago Tribune reporter Robert McCoppin recently wrote on current efforts to add them, relying largely on court rulings tied to a series of lawsuits.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis rides a C-U Mass Transit bus with CUMTD managing director Karl Gnadt.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
October 05, 2016

US Rep. Davis Highlights Support For Mass Transit

Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) has been holding news conferences with local transit officials in central Illinois this week, to highlight his work for mass transit.

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October 04, 2016

Live Fact Checking The VP Debate

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the first and only vice-presidential debate Tuesday night. NPR's politics team, along with reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live fact checking and annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

In this April 27, 2016, file photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse in Chicago.
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October 04, 2016

Victim Says Hastert ‘A Monster’ Protected By Child Abuse Law

A man who says Dennis Hastert sexually abused him decades ago told Illinois lawmakers the former U.S. House speaker was protected by the statute of limitations and wasn't appropriately punished. Scott Cross called Hastert "a monster" when making the comments during a hearing in Chicago Tuesday.

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