When the Champaign County Historical Museum was forced to temporarily close a little over a year ago due to financial struggles, President T.J. Blakeman said they ultimately came to the decision that something had to be done to keep it alive.
“It just hadn’t been given its one last chance. It wasn’t fair to just let it dissolve into nothing,” he said.
On the 21st: NPR's David Schaper fills us in on the latest in United Airlines' ongoing dispute with a passenger who was violently dragged off an overbooked flight. Plus, we cap off National Poetry Month with poet Tasleem Jamila, and talk with two band members of the Asian-American rock band "The Slants."
The Tony-Award winning musical will be on stage at Krannert Center's Tryon Festival Theatre through Sunday. Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spoke with performers and professors from Lyric Theatre @ Illinois.
A group of Republican lawmakers say Gov. Bruce Rauner has rescinded his decision to lay off 124 nurses at the Illinois Department of Corrections. Rauner was planning to move the jobs to a private contractor. The governor has not confirmed the announcement. The Illinois Nurses Association, the union representing the IDOC nurses, says it’s taking all this with some skepticism.
On the 21st: We talked with two school superintendents about why they could have trouble opening in the fall without a full state budget. Plus, we learned how top Democrats helped friends and relatives land jobs at the Illinois Department of Transportation, and discussed how local high school students are learning about the history of jazz.
Rochelle Harden was sworn in Wednesday night as the first-ever African-American trustee at Parkland College in Champaign. But that milestone has been overshadowed by the fact that the new trustee is also a member of the community college’s faculty.
On the 21st: We learned what foster care agencies need in order to provide better services for abused and neglected children. Plus, we talked with Peoria Journal-Star's Chris Kaergard about the history of Caterpillar.