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Mark Grizzard directing the ISU Mens Glee Club at Redbird Arena
Jerrod Campbell
News Local/State

ISU Music Professor Re-imagines Morning Edition Theme

Two months ago, NPR's Morning Edition challenged listeners to reinvent its theme music. Submissions since have spanned genres, including ambient, dubstep, reggae, waltz, jazz, and blues. Illinois State University School of Music Professor Mark Grizzard recently took up the challenge. 

House Speaker Michael Madigan & Sen. President John Cullerton greet Gov. Bruce Rauner.
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News Local/State

Illinois Issues: The Impasse And The Damage Done

Democratic leaders in the legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner appear to be close to a deal to approve some funding for social service providers, higher education, capital construction and state operations. The proposal would also fund K-12 schools for all of next fiscal year. But the plan can’t erase the destruction caused by the state going for a year without a budget.​​

Illinois Capitol
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News Local/State

Budget Impasse Taking A Toll On Area Social Service Agencies

One of the biggest casualties of the year-long budget impasse in Illinois has been social service agencies that receive funding from the state. Sue Grey is the president and CEO of the United Way of Champaign County. Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline spoke with Grey about the effects of the budget impasse on social service agencies in the area.

Graphic Reading: The State of Illinois has no Budget; I care slash don't care because followed by a blank line
Khaoula Dellahi and Ben Thomas Payne
The 21st Show

Is There A Lack of Empathy Around The State Budget Impasse?; Argonne Celebrates 70 Years

On the next 21st: Is there a lack of empathy around the budget impasse? Do citizens of the state feel helpless to do anything? We'll talk with Kurt Gray, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina; and Scott Althaus, Director, Cline Center for Democracy at the University of Illinois, about voters' feelings of, or lack of, empowerment around the budget issue. And Argonne National Laboratory Turns 70 on Friday; we'll talk about the past and future of this premier research facility.

Heroin in a spoon with a lighter underneath
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The 21st Show

Heroin In Central Illinois; DeWitt County Human Resource Center; New Pediatric Sleep Guidelines

On the 21st: we talked about heroin use in Central Illinois with two Bloomington-Normal Pantagraph reporters and a Pontiac woman who was addicted for a decade and lost loved ones to the drug; we learned of the impending closure of a mental health treatment center in central Illinois; and we also talked about new guidelines for pediatric sleep, for children from infants to age 18.