Cpl. Frank Scott and Pfc. James O'Brien on Sept. 28, 1912. Scott Field was named for Scott, the first enlisted service member killed in an aviation crash.
Scott Air Force Base
May 29, 2017

Scott Air Force Base Celebrates 100 Years

Scott Air Force Base near Belleville is celebrating its 100th anniversary. It was founded in 1917 as Scott Field, named after Cpl. Frank Scott, the first enlisted member of the U.S. armed forces to lose his life in an aviation accident. 


retired coal miners
Durrie Bouscaren/St. Louis Public Radio
May 11, 2017

Health Insurance For Coal Miners; Police Officers & Art; U.S. Citizenship; Presidential Libraries

On the 21st: After months of waiting on a life-or-death decision, retired coal miners wondering whether Congress will continue their health insurance have finally received an answer. We also learn about a new art exhibit featuring works by Chicago police officers, discuss citizenship and immigration, and explore the history and purpose of presidential libraries.


Former governor Pat Quinn spoke to a crowd of supporters and dignitaries Monday after unveiling his portrait in the Illinois Capitol.
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
May 09, 2017

Former Gov. Quinn Reveals Packed Portrait

Former governor Pat Quinn was back in the Illinois Statehouse Monday. The Democrat was there for a ceremony to unveil his official portrait in the Capitol’s Hall of Governors.   The 68-year-old Democrat who stepped into the job when his predecessor was ousted donated the first "interactive" portrait. It depicts Quinn in his "lucky" purple-striped tie. He stands in front of a background of 44 instances of people, issues and events from more than four decades in public service.


Explosion and crash of the airship Hindenburg on May 6, 1937 at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
US Navy / Wikimedia Commons
May 06, 2017

80th Anniversary For Airship Disaster Immortalized By Chicago Reporter’s Recording

Saturday May 6 marked the 80th anniversary of an airship crash immortalized by the recorded description of a Chicago radio reporter. People gathered at the crash site in New Jersey Saturday evening to lay a wreath in memory of the 13 passengers, 22 aircrewmen and one person on the ground who were killed or later died from injuries suffered in the fiery crash of the German airship Hindenburg.


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