Sue the T. rex at the Field Museum in Chicago
Niala Boodoo/WILL
September 01, 2017

Field Museum Moving Famous T. Rex Sue; BBQ In Illinois

On the 21st: Sue, the world-famous T. rex that greets visitors of the Field Museum in Chicago, is soon moving to make room for a gigantic, new plant-eating dinosaur. We discussed the upcoming changes with Field Museum paleontologist Bill Simpson. Plus, to prepare for the Labor Day holiday and lots of weekend grilling, we heard from some of the state's top BBQ experts, including chef Benjamin Grice from The Humble Hog and Pat Burke from Pat’s BBQ.


Champaign County LIHEAP Program Manager Dawn Rear.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
August 31, 2017

Illinois LIHEAP Program Starting One Month Later This Year

The people who run LIHEAP for Champaign County plan to come to work early on the morning of Friday, September 1st, to greet first-day applicants for the program that helps low-income households with their home heating bills. But all they can tell applicants is: come back in thirty days.


Gov. Bruce Rauner
IL Dept. of Central Management Services
August 28, 2017

Rauner Signs Automatic Voter Registration Bill

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a measure Monday allowing automatic voter registration in Illinois. Illinois joins more than half a dozen other states with some form of automatic registration, which proponents say boosts civic participation.  


Senator Tammy Duckworth
Seth Perlman/AP
August 23, 2017

Sen. Duckworth On Afghanistan; Rauner’s Response To IPI Cartoon; Religion In Public Schools

On the 21st: We talk with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth about President Trump's plans for the war in Afghanistan and his other recent speeches. Plus, we discuss the controversy surrounding the Illinois Policy Institute cartoon that many politicians have denounced as racist, and we talk with two Illinois teachers who think our current political climate means it’s even more important for students to study religion in public schools.


August 22, 2017

Summer Gun Violence: A Look Toward Solutions; ‘Hate Has No Home Here’ Campaign

On the 21st: When it comes to gun violence, University of Chicago criminologist Harold Pollack says the left and the right need to work together to address the issue. We discuss the scope of the problem in Illinois with a look toward solutions. Plus, we speak with two of the organizers of an anti-hate campaign that began in Chicago and is now spreading across the globe. 


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