RIPE Project Associate Director Don Ort discusses field trials.
Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media
July 14, 2017

RIPE Project Shows Off Progress In Photosynthesis Research

Researchers with the University of Illinois’ crop research project, Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency -- or RIPE for short -- invited the media and the public to a field day Thursday. Don Ort is the associate director of the RIPE project and a crop science professor at the U of I. He gave Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline an overview of the project.


A crowd rallies at the capitol to support House Bill 40 and related legislation.
Daisy Contreras/NPR Illinois
May 09, 2017

Illinois Issues: Legislative Checklist

The spring legislative session has been overshadowed by a 22-month stretch without a budget. Nevertheless, meaty legislation is being weighed. Those issues include abortion, wage theft, animal research and criminal justice.


soybean seeds
(Dan Gill/AP)
March 08, 2017

GMO Discussion Wednesday Evening At Champaign Public Library

If you have questions about what’s next for genetically modified foods, or GMO’s, you can pose them to a panel of experts at a community conversation Wednesday night at the Champaign Public Library. The panel will include speakers from the University of Illinois College Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences (ACES), the U of I Extension, the Illinois Farm Bureau, and a fifth-generation Illinois farmer.


Illinois Statehouse
Brian Mackey/WUIS
February 14, 2017

Budget Address Preview; Evangelicals & Refugees; Local Programs Address Food Poverty

On the 21st: We got a preview of Governor Rauner’s upcoming budget address and learned what social service agencies that rely on state funding hope to hear. We also discussed a recent letter signed by hundreds of conservative evangelical leaders denouncing President Trump's immigration executive order and learned about two new initiatives aimed at providing food to those in need.


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.”


the National Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888.
National Human Trafficking Hotline
February 01, 2017

Human Trafficking Report; Endangered Bumblebee; Recent Food/Health News; LabEscape

On the 21st: We learned about a new report that finds the number of reported cases of human trafficking in Illinois is rising. Plus, we talked with one of the world's leading bee experts about the first bumblebee species to land on an endangered species list in the continental U.S. We also discussed kids' menus, sugary drinks, and GMO apples, and learned about a new escape room that just opened in Urbana.


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