police dispatcher
Dave Collins/AP
March 30, 2017

Police Dispatchers & Mental Health Awareness; Carbondale Eclipse; Jeremy McLellan Comedy

On The 21st: We learned how dispatchers in Illinois are being trained to respond to mental health crises. Plus, how is the city of Carbondale preparing to host tens of thousands for this summer’s eclipse? We also spoke with the founder of Caring Black Men of Decatur, and talked with a South Carolina comedian who does not shy away from hot-button issues.


A view of downtown Cairo shows an "Historic Downtown Cairo" gateway but also vacant lots.
Kirk Siegler / NPR
March 28, 2017

Tired Of Promises, Struggling Cairo, Ill. Wants Problems Solved

At the very southernmost tip of Illinois, the pancake flat cornfields give way to the rolling, forested hills of the Delta.

Here, at the windy confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, it feels more southern than Midwest when you arrive at the old river port and factory town of Cairo, once made famous in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


Michael DeArmond, Patricia Avery, and Champaign City Council member Will Kyles
Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media
March 26, 2017

CU Area Project Rallies To End Gun Violence

A rally to end gun violence over the weekend in Champaign also served as a tribute to a local gun violence victim. Michael DeArmond was among those leading a march of 35 people on the city’s north side Saturday, on what would have been his daughter Desirie DeArmond Austin’s 25th birthday.


Urbana Police Chief Pat Connolly announcing his resignation at Monday's city council meeting.
UPTV
March 20, 2017

Urbana Police Chief Announces Resignation Ahead Of Election

Urbana Police Chief Pat Connolly has resigned, effective April 14. Connolly made the announcement at Monday night's city council meeting. In an emotional statement, he thanked city officials for their support and said the city is in good hands under the remaining police leadership. 


Champaign Centennial High School
(Champaign Unit 4 Schools)
March 16, 2017

School Violence and Bullying; Galesburg Water Update; Illinois Tornado Check-In

On The 21st: We learned about how the recent death of a Centennial High School student has sparked conversations about bullying, and had a wide-ranging discussion about the root of the problem and what can be done about it. We also learned about how the city of Galesburg has been trying to address lead in their water, and checked in with the LaSalle County Nursing Home about the last two weeks since a tornado touched down in their town.


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