The Orpheum Theatre entertained people in downtown Champaign for 72 years. Now it's entering its second decade in its new role as a children's museum. AM 580's Jim Meadows stopped by the Orpheum Children's Science Museum for its tenth anniversary celebration.
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Modern life is balanced on the backs of computers, from the personal laptop to the most powerful supercomputer clusters at universities, corporations and government agencies. That means when one small part of a system goes down because of a technical problem or wrongdoing, we all feel the consequences. Bill Sanders (left, foreground) is the head of a new UI agency called the Information Trust Institute. He talked to AM 580's Tom Rogers.
Chinese-American author Iris Chang was remembered December 2nd as a women mature beyond her years who lived life to the fullest. Chang died last month near her home in California. Those who knew her at the University of Illinois gathered on campus to share their memories. AM 580's Jeff Bossert has this report.
B. Joseph White will officially occupy the University of Illinois president's office next February. He comes from the University of Michigan, where he served about a year as interim president; he also headed the business school. As he moves from one Big Ten institution to another, he took time to talk with AM 580's Tom Rogers about his decision to come to Illinois and the challenges he faces once he takes over for retiring President James Stukel.
This year's race for Illinois' US Senate seat had plenty of scandal, but in the end, Democrat Barack Obama rose above the problems of his opponents. He easily won the seat, which just a year ago seemed out of his reach. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford reports.
Near the end of the fall Champaign County election ballot, voters will be asked a simple, one-sentence question: "Shall a Board of Election Commissioners be established for Champaign County?" That question has generated heated remarks -- Democrats and the Republican county clerk have been at odds with each other for years. AM 580's Tom Rogers reports.
There are seven members on the Urbana City Council, one elected from each of seven wards (left). A referendum on the November 2nd ballot proposes adding two more seats. But these council members would represent the entire city, not individual wards, and supporters say that would add to the voices heard in Urbana city government. Opponents say at-large seats would take voices away. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.
Parents, caregivers and social service agencies say services for developmentally disabled people in Illinois -- those with autism, mental retardation, cerebral palsy or other disabilities are chronically under-funded. Champaign County advocates hope voters will approve a new property tax levy to raise money for housing and other services. As AM 580's Tom Rogers reports, it's drawn support and some opposition.
The executive director of the Tennessee-based Christian Medical Association says the use of embryonic stem cells for medical research is immoral -- but also less promising than using other types of stem cells. Family practice physician David Stevens is speaking on the issue around the Midwest, and he spoke with AM 580's Jim Meadows.
Last year, AM 580 launched Smile Healthy!, a seven-month series of reports on the status of dental health in the county. The reports outlined what's available for people who may not be able to afford a dentist -- resources are out there, but many needs go unfilled. A lot has happened in the 15 months since the stories aired -- one agency discontinued, then reinstated its dental clinic, while another program for children of low-income families has expanded to serve more people. AM 580's Tom Rogers revisits the issue.