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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - February 04, 2005

Meth’s Effect on Families

A University of Illinois professor shows children in rural Illinois are the real victims when someone in their family uses methamphetamine. Jeff Bossert spoke with social work professor Wendy Haight.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - February 01, 2005

The Mitch Daniels Era Begins

Indiana's new governor says he didn't enjoy laying out a budget that freezes education funding and makes only minimal increases to health care. But the Republican says spending less new money -- along with a tax hike on the state's wealthiest citizens -- are necessary to balance Indiana's budget within a year. In part 1, Daniels tells AM 580's Jeff Bossert that all facets of state government will have to help the state escape financial problems, including education. In Part 2, the governor addresses the role gambling expansion may play.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - January 21, 2005

Previewing the 94th General Assembly

Illinois State Sen. Rick Winkel (R, Champaign) and Rep. Naomi Jakobsson (D, Urbana) discuss and debate the fate of the state budget, education funding reform, medical malpractice and other issues with AM 580's Tom Rogers.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - January 16, 2005

Martin Luther King Community Celebration

The Reverend Ben Cox challenged those attending the January 16th Martin Luther King Community Celebration at the University of Illinois to test themselves to see if they're living up to King's teachings. Cox, who was a preacher and schoolteacher in Champaign-Urbana and Danville for many years, was also one of the original Freedom Riders, who traveled south to integrate interstate buses in 1961. Here's an excerpt from his speech:

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - January 12, 2005

A Presidency in Retrospect

The controversy over Chief Illiniwek has stuck around throughout James Stukel's decade-long tenure. The university symbol was one of the issues Stukel discussed in this segment of his AM 580 interview.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - January 12, 2005

A Presidency in Retrospect

James Stukel is retiring as University of Illinois president, after ten years in the post and 44 years with the university. The U of I grew during his tenure. But in recent years, Stukel has grappled with repeated cuts in state funding - cuts he says are not going away. AM 580's Jim Meadows talked with Stukel.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 30, 2004

Bringing the Orpheum Back

The Orpheum Theatre entertained people in downtown Champaign for 72 years. Now it's entering its second decade in its new role as a children's museum. AM 580's Jim Meadows stopped by the Orpheum Children's Science Museum for its tenth anniversary celebration.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 22, 2004

Trusting the Computers We Work With

Modern life is balanced on the backs of computers, from the personal laptop to the most powerful supercomputer clusters at universities, corporations and government agencies. That means when one small part of a system goes down because of a technical problem or wrongdoing, we all feel the consequences. Bill Sanders (left, foreground) is the head of a new UI agency called the Information Trust Institute. He talked to AM 580's Tom Rogers.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 03, 2004

Iris Chang Memorial

Chinese-American author Iris Chang was remembered December 2nd as a women mature beyond her years who lived life to the fullest. Chang died last month near her home in California. Those who knew her at the University of Illinois gathered on campus to share their memories. AM 580's Jeff Bossert has this report.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 08, 2004

A New U of I President

B. Joseph White will officially occupy the University of Illinois president's office next February. He comes from the University of Michigan, where he served about a year as interim president; he also headed the business school. As he moves from one Big Ten institution to another, he took time to talk with AM 580's Tom Rogers about his decision to come to Illinois and the challenges he faces once he takes over for retiring President James Stukel.

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