building construction
Flickr / sandia labs
September 09, 2016

Building: A Habitat Home And A LEGO Skyscraper

On the 21st: We spoke with three Illinois religious leaders who are part of an interfaith effort to build a Habitat for Humanity house. Plus, we met the artist behind the LEGO exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and learned about the effect toys can have on children's perceptions of their own abilities.


George Sherman at the Central Park Theatre.
John Owens/for Illinois Issues
August 25, 2016

Illinois Issues: Historic Dilemma

Efforts to preserve historic buildings in low-income and inner-city neighborhoods throughout the state face challenges — like the lack of access to financing and restoration projects taking a back seat to more pressing issues in the community. 


A current image from the Danville riverfront area.
City of Danville
June 16, 2016

Concepts For Danville’s Riverfront Plan On Display

The city of Danville has released a lengthy report that shows off a future vision for the downtown development along the Vermilion River.  The concept drawings in the 101-page report on recreational use include picnic areas, walkways, and larger projects like an amphitheater, but there are no imminent plans for work that will rely largely on grant funds.


Signs on the door for the RACES agency in Urbana.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
May 11, 2016

Illinois House Proposes $700M For Human Service Programs

Democrats are proposing $700 million to partially finance various human service programs that have gone without state funding since last summer because there's no budget. A House committee on
Wednesday unanimously advanced the bill to the full chamber.


Apartment building in Champaign's Campustown neighborhood
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 18, 2016

What Ending Parking Minimums Means To Champaign’s Campustown

Champaign city leaders have removed a requirement that apartments in the Campustown neighborhood provide parking.  While developers are still expected to provide some space for cars, goals of the ordinance include less cars on campus, a more urban design, and giving developers the freedom to build the structures they want.


The Gateway Arch
Tim Tolle/Flickr Creative Commons
October 28, 2015

Four minutes up, three minutes down: Listen to a first-timer travel to the top of the Arch

St. Louis is celebrating 50 years of the Gateway Arch, the city's most famous structure and the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere. The Arch is a mainstay of St. Louis tourism, with more than two million visitors every year; but some long-time residents of the area have never taken the famous ride to the top. David Reddick of Kirkwood is one of them. He joined Illinois Public Radio's Áine O'Connor on a tram ride to the top of the Arch.


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