President Obama and Chicago Cubs
Carolyn Kaster/AP
January 17, 2017

President Obama Honors Cubs; Research: Link Between Violence & PTSD; New Book About The Human Body

On the 21st: We discussed the World Series champion Chicago Cubs' visit to the White House yesterday. Plus, we learned about research that finds a link between shootings, violence and post-traumatic stress disorder. We also talked with a medical doctor turned journalist about his new book that addresses some of the most common - and quirky - questions people have about the human body. 


Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill)
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January 17, 2017

Rauner Should Personally Negotiate With AFSCME: Manar

Andy Manar, whose Illinois Senate district includes a large number of state employees, is once again challenging Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to personally negotiate with AFSCME, the state’s largest government union.  


In this Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters after meeting with legislative leaders during veto session in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 16, 2017

Gov. Rauner Signs School, Daycare Lead-Testing Law

Illinois elementary schools and day care centers must test drinking water sources for lead and notify parents of the results under legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The plan for required one-time testing takes effect immediately and applies to schools with students up to grade 5 and facilities built before 2000.


President Barack Obama holds up a personalized Chicago Cubs baseball jersey presented to him for a group photo during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, where the president honored the 2016 World Series Champion bas
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press
January 16, 2017

World Series Champion Cubs Honored At The White House

In one of his final events before leaving office, President Barack Obama honored the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs at the White House Monday. He was joined by members of the team, coaching staff, front office, and Cub Hall of Famers like Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, and Ryne Sandberg.


Martin Luther King, Jr.
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January 16, 2017

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

On the 21st: We talk about what it looks like to carry on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy, with a pastor in Champaign who was involved in the civil rights movement in Illinois during the 1950s and 1960s. We also speak with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to learn about the connection between Dr. King and President Abraham Lincoln. 


H. Lee Holsapple, sheriff of Macon County, Illinois from 1986 to 1998.
Macon County Sheriff's Department
January 16, 2017

H. Lee Holsapple, Former Macon Co Sheriff, Dies

H. Lee Holsapple, who served as Macon County Sheriff from 1986 to 1998, has died at the age of 80.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Department says Holsapple passed away from natural causes Sunday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.


U of I Professor Chris Benson delivered the keynote address at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Awards event Friday at Parkland College.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 16, 2017

U Of I Prof. Benson At King Celebration: ‘Find Your Super Power’

More than 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, University of Illinois associate professor Chris Benson says the US is again facing the “mountain of despair” the civil rights leader once spoke of. The professor of Journalism and African-American Studies delivered the keynote address Friday at the Champaign Countywide King Celebration and Awards event at Parkland College, encouraging the audience of more than 150 to ''find their super power." 


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