April 25, 2016

Incarcerated Mothers, Fusion Energy & Higher Ed Funding

On the 21st: There are more than 175,000 Illinois kids with a parent in prison - we spoke with some of these families and the organizations that help them stay in touch. Also, a fusion energy testing facility is starting operations in Illinois. And $600 million will soon start flowing to Illinois colleges and universities. We spoke with the president of Western Illinois University about what this means for his campus.


First graders at Altamont Grade School.
Altamont School District
April 25, 2016

Altamont School Supt. Says State Must Come Up With School Funding

The school district serving the small town of Altamont in Effingham County is holding a public meeting Monday evening, to let people know of what could happen if the governor and state lawmakers fail to agree on a budget before the next school year.


A flooded corn field along Route 130 near Villa Grove.
Andrew Pritchard/SkyDrama.Net
April 23, 2016

Federal Officials Deny Illinois Appeal For Disaster Funds

FEMA has denied the state's appeal for federal assistance to help local governments in Vermilion, Moultrie and 15 other counties that suffered storm damage in December and January.


The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
(Nikopoley/Wikimedia)
April 22, 2016

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Stopgap Higher Ed Funding Bill

The Illinois House and Senate both voted Friday morning to approve a $600 million short-term funding fix for financially struggling colleges and universities that have been without funding during the state budget stalemate.


Jack McCullough
Illinois Dept. of Corrections via AP
April 22, 2016

Judge Drops Charges Against McCullough In 1957 Murder

A judge has dismissed criminal charges against Jack McCullough, but is making no immediate decision on a request to appoint a special prosecutor in the case of the 76-year-old man who a state's attorney says was wrongly convicted in a 1957 killing.  


Kiss Me Kate ticket stub
April 22, 2016

Friday Politics, Arts & Culture

On The 21st: Thursday night, Illinois university presidents awaited news of a funding measure that would’ve provided them with the first state funds in almost a year - until it fell through. We spoke with an statehouse reporter in Springfield who filled us in on Friday's activities, including the eventual passage of a bill that would enable funding for state universities. Plus, we spoke with choreographer Endalyn Taylor about the musical, Kiss Me, Kate, and her dance career; the Midwest and Jewish origins of one of America's most popular cookbooks; and we honor Prince with a song.


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