Abraham Lincoln presenter
Jon Langham/Pioneer Press
February 13, 2017

Illinois Celebrates President Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

On the 21st: As Illinois celebrates President  Abraham Lincoln’s 208th birthday, we talked to people who have made it their life’s work to present Abraham Lincoln in classrooms, at libraries, on stage, even at birthday parties. Plus, we spoke with food historian Rae Eighmey about her book, “Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln’s Life and Times.”


A general view of atmosphere at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.
Matt Sayles/Invision/Associated Press
February 12, 2017

No Grammy Wins For C-U Area Nominees

Artists and producers with Champaign-Urbana ties walked away from Sunday's Grammy Awards empty-handed. Nominees included Champaign-based Archeophone Records (in two categories), renowned bariton U of I Lyric Theatre Director Nathan Gunn, and Urbana native Molly Netter, who was featured in a recording by the New York-based Clarion Choir. 


Rev. Evelyn Burnett Underwood, Alderwoman Diane Marlin, and Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing in Monday's debate at the Urbana City Building.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 31, 2017

Urbana Mayoral Candidates Debate Crime, Economy

In the first debate for Urbana mayor, the three Democrats - all women - focused on two main themes - crime and policing, as well as business development and taxes. About 60 people filled the Urbana City Building to watch Monday's event organized by the League of Women Voters of Champaign County. The three-way Democratic primary pits incumbent Mayor Laurel Prussing against Alderwoman Diane Marlin and Rev. Evelyn Burnett Underwood.


Caterpillar
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January 24, 2017

The Trump Administration & Illinois Manufacturing; Drug Interactions; Mark Morris Dance Group

On the 21st: We continued our week-long series on the impact of a Trump presidency on Illinois' economy with a discussion about manufacturing and jobs. Plus, we talked about Governor Rauner's plan to protect pharmacy customers from risky drug combinations and discussed how is Illinois divided on the soda vs. pop question. We also spoke with the founder of Mark Morris Dance Group, which will be performing in Urbana this weekend.


In this Feb. 15, 1984, file photo, actress Debbie Reynolds appears at Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies in Los Angeles. Reynolds, star of the 1952 classic "Singin' in the Rain" died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, according to her son Todd F
Wally Fong/Associated Press/File
December 28, 2016

Actress Debbie Reynolds Dies A Day After Daughter Carrie Fisher’s Death

Actress Debbie Reynolds has died, just one day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, NPR has confirmed. Hours before reports of her death, The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed to NPR that an elderly female was transported to Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Reynolds, 84, has had a long and celebrated career as a film actress — she was in the classic "Singing' in the Rain" — a TV star — "The Debbie Reynolds Show" — and a Broadway and Las Vegas star.


Carrie Fisher during Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, in Chicago.
Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP
December 27, 2016

Actress Carrie Fisher Dies At Age 60

Actress Carrie Fisher, who found enduring fame as Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars,'' has died. She was 60. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through her spokesman saying
Fisher died Tuesday just before 9 a.m PST. Lourd said her mother was "loved by the word and she will be missed profoundly.'' 


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