Cast members of 'Dreamgirls' in a final rehearsal. (L to R - J'Lyn Hope, Tafadzwa Diener, Jasmine Dandridge, and Cedric Jones.)
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
August 04, 2016

BBL Academy And U Of I’s Krannert Center Present ‘Dreamgirls’

The weekend performances at Krannert's Studio Theatre are part of a nearly three-year partnership with the Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy, and partially made possible through a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The show includes a cast of 24, and 13-piece orchestra. The shows are sold out, but Krannert has set up a waiting list for any returned tickets.


Poster for PACE's Low Vision support group.
PACE / Center For Independent Living
August 04, 2016

Program Helping Seniors With Low Vision Loses State Funding

PACE Inc./Center for Independent Living, an Urbana-based agency for people with disabilities, was hoping to expand its program for seniors with low-vision. Instead, the Illinois Department of Human Services has cancelled its funding.


Vet Tim Fan with dog
Vet Med at Illinois
August 04, 2016

Nanomedicine & Dogs; Illinois House Races; Redneck Fishin’ Tournament; Black Sheep Fest

On the 21st: We heard from researchers who have developed a drug delivery system to treat dogs with bone cancer. We also spoke about Illinois's political power struggle, learned about a fishing tournament aimed at eliminating invasive species, and heard from the co-owner of a central Illinois music venue that will be hosting a punk music festival this weekend.


Donald Trump
Gage Skidmore / Flickr
August 03, 2016

Davis To Trump: Get A “Thick Skin”

U.S Rep. Rodney Davis says Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump needs to get a “thicker skin” and “grow up” when it comes to criticism.


In this Wednesday, May 11, 2016 photo, home health care workers and people with disabilities protest during the Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities Awards Ceremony at the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Ill.
Seth Perlman/Assocated Press
August 03, 2016

Illinois Suspends No-Overtime Policy For Home Care Workers

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has suspended its no-overtime policy for workers caring for disabled residents in their homes, just hours before the workers' union planned to file a lawsuit
challenging its legality. Secretary of Human Services James Dimas will seek permission to bar overtime hours through a legislatively approved rule.


Pride flag superimposed with two male stick figures and one of a child
flickr user oiww
August 03, 2016

LGBT Foster Children; Lost And Found Dogs; Precision Medicine; Pencils World Record

On the 21st: We talked about the outreach that the Illinois Department of Family Services is making to the broader LGBT community to help place LGBT children in foster and adoptive homes. Also, we had the story of a Belvidere woman whose dog was missing for more than a month - and the happy ending helped along by strangers. Plus, we learned about the White House initiative on precision medicine and checked in on the attempt in Chillicothe at a world record for the longest line of pencils.


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