Graduation caps.
Paul Sancya/ AP Photo
May 30, 2014

High School Graduation Rates Up, Some Students Still Behind

May marks the anniversary of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, which outlawed “separate but equal” policies in public schools. But, 60 years later there are still concerns over equal opportunities for all students. 


Officials of UC2B and iTV-3 at news conference announcing their partnership.
(Jim Meadows/WILL)
May 30, 2014

Private Partner to Build Out UC2B Broadband System

Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband, or UC2B, announced a partnership Thursday with iTV-3 to provide its high-speed broadband service to homes and businesses in Champaign-Urbana.


Gig. U Executive Director Blair Levin
(Jim Meadows/WILL)
May 30, 2014

Telecom Atty Blair Levin on Expanding High-Speed Broadband

When UC2B announced Thursday that it had found a private partner for the expansion of its high-speed broadband service, telecom lawyer Blair Levin was there.

Levin is an expert on high-speed broadband, having directed work on the FCC’s 2010 National Broadband Plan.

He’s currently executive director of Gig. U, a consortium of research universities -- including the University of Illinois - formed to promote the development of faster and more powerful data networks in the U. S.

America is not a leader when it comes to Internet performance. Some 30 countries have faster average download speeds.

But Levin says American telecom companies are showing greater interest in investing in high-speed broadband networks - as he explained in this interview with Illinois Public Media’s Jim Meadows.


A heroin user in St. Johnsbury, Vt., prepares to shoot up.
(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
May 29, 2014

Today’s Heroin Addict Is Young, White And Suburban

Heroin was once the scourge of the urban poor, but today the typical user is a young white suburbanite, a study finds. And the path to addiction usually starts with prescription painkillers.


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