WILL/Lisa Bralts-Kelly

Focus - June 28, 2013

Insects in the Garden?

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talked with horticulture expert Sandy Mason and entomologist Phil Nixon. We welcome your lawn and garden questions today!

Two men stand in front of the Pepin Syrup Company in the 1920’s.

(Courtesy of Maureen Holtz and the Piatt County Historical and Genealogical Society)

Focus - June 27, 2013

Images of America: Monticello and Remembering Champaign County

Monticello been called “the patent medicine capital of the world,” and is home to the famous Allerton Park. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with author Maureen Holtz about the town’s history…in pictures. Then, we’ll talk with former Mayor Dannel McCollum about his book “Remembering Champaign County.”

A shelf where books have been removed in the architecture section of the Urbana Free Library.

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Focus - June 26, 2013

Issues Facing Public Libraries

The weeding of thousands of non-fiction books at the Urbana Free Library has created controversy over transparency in libraries. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about how libraries are curated, what role they play in community and some of the challenges they face due to strained government budgets.

women meeting to rally the suffrage movement


Focus - June 25, 2013

100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in Illinois

100 years ago this week, Governor Edward F. Dunne signed a bill giving women in Illinois the right to vote for President. This hour on Focus, we remember Illinois’ push for women’s suffrage.

the mint.com

Focus - June 21, 2013

Personal Finance: Tracking Spending

Today on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Kevin Waspi, a chartered financial analyst and Jake Kuebler, a certified financial planner with Bluestem Financial Advisors, LLC in Champaign. We welcome your calls and questions about your finances!

a woman shopping for wine

Focus - June 20, 2013

Illinois Wine

The Illinois wine industry more than tripled its size in the last ten years. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about where to find the best Illinois wines, growing grapes in a Midwest climate and will talk investigate some of the challenges vinters face in the state.

a movie theatre

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Focus - June 19, 2013

Summer Movie Reviews

What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently? We want to hear from you today on Focus! This hour we’ll talk with RoberEbert.com’s new Editor, Matt Zoller-Seitz. Michael Philips also joins us this hour to talk about the best new movies out this summer.

a couple sits in their backyard

Scott Paceley/Special to WILL

Focus - June 18, 2013

Being a Tourist in Your Backyard: Staycations in East Central Illinois

The dog days of summer are here… It would be so nice to get away. Sadly, that’s not always an option. Never fear! This hour on Focus, we talk about things to do in the area that will make you feel like you’re on vacation, even if you’re in your own backyard.

Coca-Cola bottles

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Focus - June 17, 2013

For God, Country and Coca-Cola

“Ahhh…” We’re all familiar with the sound of the cap being popped off a bottle of coke, but how did Coca-Cola evolve to one of the more recognized brands in American history? We’ll find out this hour on Focus.

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