On the 21st: We talked about the University of Illinois' decision not to declare its three locations santuary campuses. Plus, we talked with a Chicago poet, heard from a Danville protestor who was at Standing Rock, and checked in with Santa Claus.
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A Champaign-based record label that preserves recordings from the acoustic era – that is, without the use of microphones - has picked up Grammy nominations for best historical album and best album notes. "Waxing the Gospel: Mass Evangelism and the Phonograph" also marks Archeophone Records’ first foray into sacred music.
University of Illinois President Tim Killeen says the school’s three campuses can not serve as a sanctuary for undocumented students - citing the need to uphold state and federal laws. In a mass e-mail Tuesday, Killeen says the sanctuary concept is not well defined. But he says leaders will continue to do all they can within the law to support and protect all students, including those who are undocumented.
One state columnist thinks new Illinois comptroller Susana Mendoza could force a resolution to the long state budget stalemate. Matt Dietrich of Reboot Illinois discusses the idea with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline.
Champaign Democrat Pius Weibel is the new chair of the Champaign County board. A majority of County Board Democrats voted to appoint Weibel as chair at Monday night’s organizational meeting. His election came after an effort by fellow Democrat Pattsi Petrie to continue as chair with Republican support collapsed, due to the absence of GOP member John Jay.