Windy Fultz pays rent for her apartment at Mitchell Court in Rantoul, Illinois. She and the property manager, Stan James, talked about the new rules the village adopted to reduce crime.

Mary Hansen/Illinois Newsroom

March 18, 2019 - News Local/State

‘Crime-Free Housing’ Rules Spread In Illinois

Many communities in Illinois have rules that say renters can lose their housing if someone in the home is connected to a crime. City leaders who back the policies say the rules make neighborhoods safer. But fair housing advocates question the tactics.


Stuart Strahl, president of the Chicago Zoological Society, explains the infrastructure problems at Brookfield Zoo at a news conference Wendesday February 13 where the group asked the state for helping fixing the issues in the upcoming capital bill.

Mary Hansen/Illinois Newsroom

February 20, 2019 - News Local/State

Making The Case For A Piece of Illinois’ Capital Plan

Crumbling sidewalks, gas line failures and cracked concrete — the problems at Brookfield Zoo are a metaphor for what’s wrong with public infrastructure throughout Illinois. As lawmakers begin negotiating a statewide spending plan to fix it, the zoo is among a growing list of those coming to Springfield with their paws out.


Dr. Don Arnold is chief of surgery at Herrin hospital and performs robotic surgery.

Benjy Jeffords/WSIU

February 14, 2019 - News Local/State

Why Are There So Few Black Men In Medicine?

In 2018, fewer than 4 percent of incoming medical students in Illinois were black men. It’s a concerning statistic as research suggests a lack of diversity among physicians could negatively impact health outcomes in their community.


Posters done by Marc Nelson's students for their "People's History" projects. Click thru the slideshow at the bottom of this story to see them individually.

Courtesy of Marc Nelson

February 04, 2019 - News Local/State

How One Illinois Teacher Uses Art To Empower Students

In highly politicized times such as these, teachers are often warned to remain neutral in the classroom. But at a public primary school in Kewanee, Illinois, one art teacher is showing kids it’s their duty to speak out about injustices.


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