June 01, 2016

The 21st: Budget Stakeholders; The Play ‘Long Lost’

June 1 marks the beginning of our 11th month without a state budget. Many haven't felt the affects of this - 90 percent of the budget is being funded, via special court orders, because of federal-pass through money or individual laws. For the 10 percent of those who aren't being funded, however - state universities, many social service agencies, prisons, state parks - it's an entirely different story.


solar panels
Austin Keating/WILL
May 17, 2016

Solar Power In Illinois; STEM Mentorship Program

On the 21st: The solar panels on one man's Champaign home generate enough electricity for the house and the cars - and feed the grid. Illinois towns and residents are turning toward the sun for power and we talked about howmuch they are saving. Also, a STEM mentorship program helps high school students from across the state get connected with mentors in academia and industry.


Marijuana Leaves
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
May 17, 2016

Medical Marijuana Pilot Program; Long Lines In Airport Security

On The 21st: We looked into the state of medical marijuana in Illinois and how it compares to other states. Critics say it's been too slow to ramp up especially because the state's pilot program is set to expire at end of 2017. Plus, we talked about what is going on with the really long lines at airport security checkpoints.


fathead minnow fish
Wikimedia/Rankin1958
May 16, 2016

Drugs In The Water; Monarch Migration; Political Roundup

On The 21st: Scientists have found eggs in male fish in the Des Plaines river, and researchers suspect the culprit is pharmaceuticals and other chemicals in the water. What does that mean for fish, and for us? Plus, we learn about the migration of monarch butterflies from Mexico to Canda, and get a preview of what we can expect from lawmakers in Springfield this week.


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