naturalization ceremony
Mark Lennihan/AP
August 15, 2017

Illinois TRUST Act Aims To Protect Immigrants; Co-Working Spaces With Flexible Childcare

On the 21st: Immigration rights activists in Illinois are waiting for Governor Bruce Rauner to sign a bill that limits the ways local police enforce immigration laws. Plus, despite the rise of co-working spaces across the country, there aren’t a lot of  options for parents with young children. We learn about a new co-working space with flexible childcare that's coming to central Illinois and discuss the challenges entrepreneurs face when it comes to balancing careers and kids.


Hudson Technologies CEO Kevin Zugibe meets with visiting Congressmen John Shimkus and Rodney Davis at the Hudson plant in Champaign.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media.
August 14, 2017

Rep. Davis On Trump’s Charlottesville Comments, Help For Champaign Manufacturer

During a visit to a manufacturing plant in Champaign Monday, Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis says he was satisfied with President Trump’s original comments about the race-fueled violence that occurred Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. But Davis says he was glad the president made an additional statement on Monday specifically condemning the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups.


A rendering of the proposed expansion of the Illinois Terminal, and a new hotel conference center to be located in downtown Champaign.
Ratio Architects
July 18, 2017

MTD, Grotelueschen Partner On Development Project

Two proposed developments in downtown Champaign have joined together for what would be the largest conference center in Champaign-Urbana. Developer Hans Grotelueschen has moved his hotel and conference center project a few blocks south from its original proposed location at Washington and Walnut to merge with the planned expansion of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District’s Illinois Terminal.


Chin Upz founder Kevin Williams shows examples of some of the cards available from his company.
Kate McQueen/for Illinois Public Media
July 08, 2017

Startup Company Provides Greeting Cards For Those Incarcerated

Email, texts and social media may be the most common ways to send a message. But that’s often not the case for the millions of Americans with friends or family in prison. Cards and letters are the least expensive and most accessible way for many behind bars to keep in touch. Still, finding the right words to say is not always easy. One area company is creating cards to meet that need.


David Mercer/Illinois Public Media
May 17, 2017

Ameren Experiments With Microgrid In Champaign

Since December, Ameren Corporation has been operating a small, independent power grid on the south side of Champaign that uses solar panels, a wind turbine and two natural gas-powered generators to power more than 190 homes in the area.


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