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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - January 09, 2008

Whitlock Walks

Herb Whitlock (left) served 20 years of a life sentence before being released from prison Tuesday. His co-defendant, Randy Steidl, was set free in 2004. In both cases, the men were released after prosecutors decided they didn't have enough time to get a case together by the deadline imposed by judges. The release of both men makes the 1986 deaths of Dyke and Karen Rhoads in Paris, Illinois an unsolved double-murder. AM 580's Jeff Bossert spoke with Chicago Tribune reporter Hal Dardick, who has followed the story since 2005.

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Categories: Criminal Justice
Tags: crime

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 27, 2007

Rose Bowl ‘47

The upcoming rose Bowl between Illinois and USC will carry on a tradition that's more than six decades old. In 1947, Illinois played in the first Rose Bowl to pit the champion of what was then called the Big Nine against the Pacific Coast Conference champion (now called the Pac 10). Radio was still the nation's dominant broadcast medium, and it covered not only the game itself but the buildup and the aftermath. Recordings of those broadcasts have been stored in the University of Illinois Archives ever since. Matt Ehrlich takes us back 61 years to when the Fighting Illini headed west looking for respect.

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Categories: Education, History, Sports

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 21, 2007

The Illinois Primary: Too Soon?

In less than six weeks, Illinois voters will make their earliest trek ever to the polls in an election cycle. Last year state lawmakers pushed the primary election up to the first Tuesday in February. It was meant to give Illinois more of a say in the selection process for Presidential candidates. But is the move working? We get an early evaluation from Brian Gaines, a University of Illinois political science professor. He talked with AM 580's Tom Rogers.

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Categories: Education, Government, Politics

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 19, 2007

Mattoon’s Big Prize

After nearly two years of work, the Coles County city of Mattoon snagged the $1.8 billion FutureGen experimental power plant project. FutureGen promises to revitalize the state's coal industry by using a combination of technologies to nearly eliminate pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. It also promises hundred of jobs for the area, beginning with construction work in 2010. But funding for the project is still uncertain. AM 580 has been covering the announcement.

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Categories: Community, Economics, Energy

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 18, 2007

Illinois’ Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg will long be remembered for songs like 'Longer' and 'Same Old Lang Syne', but a few years before he wrote and recorded those hits, he was a student at the University of Illinois, attracting crowds to a local coffeehouse. The Peoria native died Sunday at the age of 56. AM 580's Jeff Bossert talked with one of Fogelberg's earliest collaborators.

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Categories: Biography, Music

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 17, 2007

WORLD WAR II: CENTRAL ILLINOIS STORIES - The Battle of the Bulge

63 years ago this week, Germany was mounting its last major offensive in World War Two. Months later, the Nazis would fall and the guns of war would finally go silent in Europe. In the following decades, we heard about bits and pieces of the conflagration, hundreds of thousands of individual stories from those on the front lines. Now, one by one, those voices are also falling silent. AM 580's Tom Rogers let five area residents - four veterans (including Harold Cox, above-right) and a civilian -- tell their stories of the war's bloodiest battle.

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Categories: Biography, History
Tags: people, history

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 11, 2007

Finding the Next UI Students Online

Internet videos and blogs have become to of the easiest ways for anyone to promote a message about anything on the worldwide web. Some students at the UI's Urbana campus (like Jake Hendee, left) are now using these forums to give prospective students a better idea of student life. AM 580's Jeff Bossert reports.

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Categories: Education, Technology

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 05, 2007

This is Only a Test

Fast-growing video game manufacturer Volition, based in Champaign, pays recent college graduates - who are also experienced gamers - to test their games. Testing is a first, full-time job for many of the graduates. They are looking for flaws before the games hit the market. AM 580's Jeff Bossert reports for NPR's Morning Edition.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 13, 2007

Regulating Health Care Growth

Six proposals for new health care facilities have been laid out in east-central Illinois in the past year - and a state board has turned down five - the sixth has yet to be heard. Anyone who wants to build a hospital, dialysis facility, nursing home or outpatient surgery center has to get permission from the state Health Facilities Planning Board, through what's known as a Certificate of Need. AM 580's Tom Rogers tells us that the process generates controversy elsewhere, though many here in Illinois still want to see it work.

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Categories: Health, Urban Planning

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 07, 2007

Robert Siegel, Considered

One of the anchors of NPR's All Things Considered, Robert Siegel, started his career in college. As a student reporter, he anchored coverage of the student protests at Columbia University in 1968. Speaking with AM 580's Jeff Bossert during a visit to Champaign, Siegel says his first job not only allowed him to be informative, but let him fully understand a situation without being involved himself.

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Categories: Biography
Tags: media, people

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