A coal mine exhibit in Evanston.
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April 11, 2017

The Future Of Illinois Coal Mining; School Funding Lawsuit; Video Game College Scholarships

On the 21st: We discussed the future of coal mining with the Illinois Coal Association president, a union president, and a reporter with Inside Energy. We also learned why 17 Illinois school superintendents are suing the state for inequitable funding, and learned more about why some colleges are offering scholarships for competitive video gaming.


Former Texas Governor Rick Perry in Washington DC on Thursday, January 19, 2017
Carolyn Kaster / AP
January 19, 2017

In Rick Perry Energy Hearing, Questions Likely On Nuclear Security, Environment

When former Texas Gov. Rick Perry faces the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for his confirmation hearing on Thursday, his first test could be whether he remembers the name of the agency he's been picked to head.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is one of three agencies Perry proposed eliminating when he was running for president in 2011. During a debate, he successfully listed the Department of Commerce and the Department of Education. But he couldn't bring to mind the name of the third agency — the Energy Department.


Chunks of Arctic sea ice, melt ponds and open water are all seen in this image captured by NASA's Digital Mapping System instrument during an Operation IceBridge flight over the Chukchi Sea in July 2016.
NASA/Goddard/Operation IceBridge
January 18, 2017

2016 Was The Hottest Year Yet, Scientists Declare

Last year, global warming reached record high temperatures — and if that news feels like déjà vu, you're not going crazy. The planet has now had three consecutive years of record-breaking heat.


Cast members of 'Dreamgirls' in a final rehearsal. (L to R - J'Lyn Hope, Tafadzwa Diener, Jasmine Dandridge, and Cedric Jones.)
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
August 04, 2016

BBL Academy And U Of I’s Krannert Center Present ‘Dreamgirls’

The weekend performances at Krannert's Studio Theatre are part of a nearly three-year partnership with the Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy, and partially made possible through a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The show includes a cast of 24, and 13-piece orchestra. The shows are sold out, but Krannert has set up a waiting list for any returned tickets.


Soil erosion on a farmland
Lynn Betts / USDA
June 06, 2016

Illinois Facing Most Severe Erosion In Two Decades

Illinois is losing topsoil – the layer of surface dirt that’s rich with nutrients and vital for food production. And the problem of erosion on Illinois farms is serious: In 2015, roughly one-fifth of Illinois’s farmland lost more soil than it made. Austin Keating has more.


solar panels
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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.


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