Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey
University of Illinois
April 13, 2017

Former Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey; Aviation Police Training

On The 21st: We interviewed former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey about history, race, and what poetry can do in American life today. But first, we talked with Chicago Sun-Times columnist and University of Illinois Police Training Director Michael Schlosser about what went wrong when a passenger was violently dragged off a United Airlines flight.


Rauner visits with supporters and employee at HL Precision Manufacturing in Champaign Wednesday.
(Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media)
April 13, 2017

Rauner Talks Reforms, Higher Ed Funding In State ‘Tour’

Gov. Bruce Rauner wrapped a 10-city tour with a visit to a Champaign manufacturer Wednesday. As his call for budget reforms wrapped at HL Precision Manufacturing on the city's west side, about 25 members of state government unions called on the Republican governor to 'do your job', saying Rauner should come to the table to negotiate with AFSCME. A Rauner spokesperson says the trek around the state, which was not on the governor's official schedule, was not about his re-election campaign, although it was paid for with political funds.


Champaign County Board Member Kyle Patterson.
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April 12, 2017

Champaign County Board Grapples With Nursing Home Problems

The Champaign County Board discussed the future of its financially troubled county nursing home Tuesday night, one week after voters rejected a county tax hike for the facility, but gave permission for its possible sale. 


Rodney Davis
Office of Rodney Davis
April 12, 2017

Davis: A Larger Strike In Syria Should Involve Congress

Congressman Rodney Davis says President Donald Trump needs congressional approval for any larger-scale military action in Syria. But the 13th District Republican from Taylorville says he stands behind Trump’s decision last week to launch air strikes on a Syrian air base, without a vote in Congress.


A coal mine exhibit in Evanston.
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April 11, 2017

The Future Of Illinois Coal Mining; School Funding Lawsuit; Video Game College Scholarships

On the 21st: We discussed the future of coal mining with the Illinois Coal Association president, a union president, and a reporter with Inside Energy. We also learned why 17 Illinois school superintendents are suing the state for inequitable funding, and learned more about why some colleges are offering scholarships for competitive video gaming.


Governor Bruce Rauner at the Thompson Center in Chicago
Sophia Tareen/AP
April 11, 2017

Rauner Launching 2-Day Campaign Tour As 2018 Rivals Attack

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is launching the first official campaign tour of his re-election bid on Tuesday, as Democrats line up to unseat him in 2018 and the Republican tries to turn around his sagging approval ratings.


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