Parkland College in Champaign
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January 18, 2018

Parkland Trustees Approve New Solar Energy Array

Parkland College is expanding its use of solar power. At their regular monthly meeting on Jaunary 17, the board of trustees approved a 25-year contract to install an eight-acre array of solar panels on the campus.

January 16, 2018

‘Passive Houses’; Hunger In Cold Weather; Twitter And Hate Speech; Astrophysicist Wins Award

On The 21st: 'Passive houses' are insulated eco-friendly homes which need almost no heat or airconditioning -- and in the U.S., they started in Urbana. We also speak with the executive director of the Rock River Valley Pantry about how the freezing weather affects people who need their services. Plus, we hear about how Twitter is handling hate speech, and talk to a Northwestern astrophysicist about black holes and how she first got started in astrophysics.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois Senator Andy Manar
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January 11, 2018

Reactions To Governor Rauner’s Education Veto; Chicago Companies At CES; Banned Books In Prisons

On the 21st: Governor Rauner vetoed a bill that would have paved the way for public schools to get funding under the state's new formula. We get reactions from superintendents, along with State Senator Andy Manar. Plus, we check in with three Chicago companies at the biggest tech conference of the year. But first, how and why do states ban certain books in their prisons?

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January 10, 2018

Getting Real About Postpartum; Testing For Drug-Impaired Driving; Funding And ‘Safety Net’ Hospitals

On the 21st: University of Illinois professor Kate Clancy joins us to talk about what's missing from our conversations about new moms, going back to work, and physical postpartum symptoms - and a Twitter thread she wrote on the subject that struck a chord with thousands. Plus, how law enforcement agencies are trying to test whether a driver is under the influence of drugs. But first, a major change in the way many medical centers receive public funding is making some hospitals worried.

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