Documentary

Illinois Country Film Debuts March 2nd on WILL-TV

WILL-TV is proud to debut the new one-hour documentary Illinois Country on March 2nd, 2020 at 7 pm. More than a year in the making, Illinois Country is a lively overview of Illinois' singular role in the history of country music in the United States. Learn about the film and watch our series of artist interviews and performances on our Illinois Country website.


Illinois Country
Tasji Bachman

Voices from Illinois Country: Tasji Bachman

In this episode of Voices from Illinois Country, Tasji Bachman talks about her roots in Illinois and her journey to Nashville. 

Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post Dispatch

The 21st Show

Southern Illinois Town Dealing With Sewage Backup

Guests: Nicole Nelson, attorney and founder of Equity Legal Services, Inc. Earlie Fuse a 28 year resident of Centreville, Illinois. Walter Johnson a Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University

The 21st Show

The 21st—Monday, February 24, 2020

On Today's 21st: A University of Illinois professor who faced accusations of sexual harassment was set to return to teaching last month.  Now, a new report is out with more claims against him from 15 women. We got the latest on this year’s-long case sparked by the MeToo movement. 

Incarcerated men sit at classroom desks inside a classroom at an Illinois prison

Lee V. Gaines/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State

Lack Of Access, Long Waitlists: Education In Illinois Prisons

Gray isn’t the only person incarcerated in Illinois prisons that isn’t able to further their education. A lack of teachers, funding and the department’s own policies prevent many from obtaining their GED, associates degree or a trade skill. 

An Illinois Department of Corrections policy stipulates that once a class is full, inmates are placed on the waiting list in order of their release date, with those getting out soonest receiving priority.

University of Illinois College of Law

Legal Issues In the News

The Blessing of Unicorns

In this week's Legal Issues in the News, the Univesity of Illinois College of Law's Verity Winship breaks down the blessing of unicorns.

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