Comptroller Susana Mendoza addresses a women's march earlier this year in Springfield.

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October 16, 2018

IL + #MeToo: The Push For More Women In Politics

This month marks a year since the Me Too movement went viral as a hashtag on social media (after having first been started in 2006 by Tarana Burke.) This week, we hear from several women in Illinois whose work in government has been affected. The first woman we spoke to is Susana Mendoza, state Comptroller and member of the Illinois Anti-harassment Equality and Access Panel.


A sign directs people to the Champaign County Clerk's office for early voting.

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October 15, 2018

County Clerk Candidates Outline Priorities For Election Operations

County clerks maintain records on local taxes and Vital Records including marriage licenses and birth and death certificates. But the job of running local elections is what’s getting the most attention in the Champaign County Clerk election. Republican Matt Grandone is promoting his experience, while Democrat Aaron Ammons says he’ll work for voter rights and access.


Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron and former St. Rep. Bill Black.

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October 15, 2018

A Conversation With Mike Marron, Republican Candidate For 104th State House District

Republican Mike Marron is running for State House in the 104th District, which includes portions of Champaign County and Vermilion County. Marron has been serving in that seat since September when he was appointed by Republican Party officials to complete Rep. Chad Hays’ term. Marron faces Democrat Cynthia “Cindy” Cunningham, a resident of Royal, in the Nov. 6 midterm election. 


Roughly 200 teachers, as well as children and union supporters rallied outside the Champaign Unit 4 administration building on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018.

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October 12, 2018

Champaign Teachers Union Votes To Authorize Strike

The Champaign Federation of Teachers voted Thursday afternoon to authorize a strike, according to union president Jennifer White. The move comes after she said the union and Champaign District 4 officials failed to come any closer to a contract agreement during a bargaining session earlier this week.


Congressman Rodney Davis

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October 11, 2018

Congressman Rodney Davis; Pumpkin Crop Check In; Pumpkin Spice Alternatives; Chicago Film Festival

On the 21st: We check in on this year’s pumpkin crop with some Illinois farmers. Plus, it’s officially Pumpkin Spice season. We talk about the spice some people love, and others love to hate. And, the Chicago International Film Festival has started. Michael Phillips gives us his picks. But first, we sit down with Congressman Rodney Davis a few weeks before the midterm elections. 


Democrat  Cindy Cunningham, who is running in Illinois' 104th District State House race.

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October 11, 2018

A Conversation With Cindy Cunningham, Democratic Candidate For State House In The 104th District

Cynthia Cunningham is the Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Mike Marron in the race for Illinois House in the state's 104th district. The resident of Royal, and first-time candidate, spoke with Illinois Public Media about which issues she thinks are most important to her district, such as changing the school funding formula and protecting the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River. 


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