Closeup of a marijuana plant.
Brent Levin/CC BY 2.0/Flickr
April 11, 2017

Illinois Issues: The Case For Partial Legalization

Might pot and ditch weed help ease the state's financial crisis and boost its farm economy? Sponsors of legislation to legalize recreational marijuana and to clear the way for large-scale production of industrial hemp are hoping to convince their colleagues that's the case.


The Champaign County Nursing Home Board.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
April 11, 2017

Nursing Home Board Wants To Study Consultant’s Proposal

On Tuesday evening, the Champaign County Board starts a discussion of what to do next with the county nursing home, now that voters have rejected a tax hike but approved the possibility of selling it. Meanwhile, the nursing home advisory board will explore another proposal — running the facility as a non-profit institution with help from local healthcare institutions. 


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April 10, 2017

The Rise & Fall Of Sears; Bullying Prevention; Illinois Politics

On the 21st: Chicagoland-based Sears Holding Corporation recently announced they lost more than $2 billion dollars in the past year, leading many to doubt about the future of the company. We discuss the rise and fall of the retail giant. Plus, we ask: what role do parents and teachers have to play in preventing bullying and violence in schools? And we get the latest in Illinois politics, with a focus on the governor's race.


An aerial view of San Bernardino, California.
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April 10, 2017

Officials: Teacher, 2 Students Shot At San Bernardino School

Four people were shot Monday in an apparent murder-suicide inside an elementary school classroom in San Bernardino, including a teacher and two students, police and school officials said.


The now-closed Urbana Landmark Hotel
Wikimedia Commons
April 09, 2017

Prussing Hopes Council Gives Preliminary OK To Hotel Plan Revisions

Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing hopes the latest changes in a proposed redevelopment contract for a downtown hotel will win over more city council members. Council members are to take a preliminary vote Monday on whether to continue talks with developer Dionis Rodriguez on renovating and reopening the Urbana Landmark Hotel. 


Head shot of Jerry Costello.
Seth Perlman/AP
April 08, 2017

Lawmakers Send State-Nurse Protection Bill To Rauner

The Illinois General Assembly has sent legislation to Gov. Bruce Rauner that would prohibit further privatization of health care workers in state prisons. Lawmakers sent the measure to Rauner Friday. It won House approval a day earlier 68-42.


Zeshan Bagewadi's new album combines American funk and soul with Punjabi lyrics.
Courtesy of the artist
April 08, 2017

The Second-Generation Soul Of Zeshan Bagewadi

Zeshan Bagewadi's new album, Vetted, sounds a lot like classic American funk and soul from the 1960s and '70s. The difference? He sometimes sings in Punjabi. Bagewadi was born in Chicago to parents who were Indian Muslim immigrants, and he learned about soul, funk and blues from his father's music collection.


Guest speakers and supporters at the I-CAUSE rally at the U of I Urbana campus
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 07, 2017

Campus Groups Rally In Support Of DACA Students

University of Illinois students living in the US without legal authorization talked about how their status keeps them from reaching their full potential at a campus rally Friday. I-CAUSE, or the Illinois Coalition Assisting Undocumented Students' Education, held the second annual 'Coming Out of the Shadows' event on the U of I campus quad. The group also provides training to other students and faculty on how to become advocates.


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