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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 23, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Director Steve James Reflects On The Making Of “Life Itself”

By Jeff Bossert and Lindsey Moon

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Roger Ebert in 2005.

The documenatary about Roger Ebert's life entitled “Life Itself” makes its local premeire Wednesday, opening the 16th annual ‘Ebertfest’ in Champaign. Director Steve James says it's not the film that he, Roger, and wife Chaz Ebert orginally envisioned.  

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - April 23, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents

By Eric Westervelt

Tiffany Contreras kisses her daughter Kyndall, 4, goodbye at Disney Elementary in Tulsa, Okla. As part of a pilot program that aims to educate both children and families, Contreras takes classes at Tulsa Community College for free.

President Obama has called repeatedly on Congress to help states pay for "high-quality preschool" for all. In fact, those two words — "high quality" — appear time and again in the president's prepared remarks. They are also a refrain among early childhood education advocates and researchers. But what do they mean? And what separates the best of the nation's preschool programs from the rest?

Categories: Education

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 22, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Former SLA Member Kilgore To Lose U Of I Teaching Position

UPDATE: This article was updated on April 23rd to add additional information on online petitions supporting Kilgore.

By Jim Meadows

James Kilgore

James Kilgore, the University of Illinois adjunct instructor whose radical and violent past with the Symbionese Liberation Army was spotlighted in a News-Gazette newspaper article two months ago, is losing his teaching position.

Categories: Education

AP - Illinois Public Media News - April 22, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Study: Minority Kids Hit Hardest By Illinois Law

By The Associated Press, with Additional Reporting from Illinois Public Radio

A state lawmaker opposes eliminating the automatic transfer of juveniles charged with serious crimes to adult court.  Meanwhile, a group says Illinois' 32-year-old law requiring juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory.

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