Jeff Hulbert, of Annapolis, Md., epresses his opinion as residents of Alexandria, Va., leave a prayer service near the baseball field in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. A rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a con
Cliff Owen/AP
June 15, 2017

GOP Baseball Shooting: Where Do We Go From Here?; Lawsuits Over Budget Impasse; Weeds & Pets

On the 21st: Following Wednesday's shooting, members from both sides of the aisle have sent messages of support and have called for civility in this heated political climate. We spoke with current and former politicians and a communications expert about political rhetoric, bipartisanship and what this moment means for our country. We also got the latest on an appellate court hearing in southern Illinois over state worker pay and learn about plants that can be toxic to pets.


Illustration of a humvee on the side of the road in Afghanistan.
Isabel Seliger for NPR
June 12, 2017

Not A Random Attack: New Details Emerge From Investigation Of Slain NPR Journalists

NPR journalists David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna died a year ago this week, ambushed on a remote road in southern Afghanistan while on a reporting assignment traveling with the Afghan National Army. Since their deaths, NPR has been investigating what happened, and today we are sharing new information about what we learned. It's a very different story from what we originally understood.


The News-Gazette pressroom building in Champaign.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
May 08, 2017

Outsourcing Of Printing Marks News-Gazette’s Adjustment To Changing Media Landscape

Champaign-Urbana’s daily newspaper, the News-Gazette, will make a big change later this year, when it closes down its printing press in downtown Champaign, and outsources its printing work to Peoria.  The News-Gazette is just the latest daily newspaper to get out of the printing business, as it changes its identity from a newspaper company to a media company. 


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.


Head shot of Joshua Johnson
NPR
April 26, 2017

Meet 1A Host Joshua Johnson

WILL AM-580 is welcoming a new voice to our airwaves beginning Monday, May 1. The talk show 1A will air weekdays from 9-11am, just before Illinois Public Media's daily talk show “The 21st.”


NPR reporter Sarah McCammon answers a question at a WILL member event on Saturday April 22.
Darrell Hoemann/Illinois Public Media
April 24, 2017

NPR’s Sarah McCammon Discusses 2016 Election

The 2016 presidential election results defied polling and pundits alike.  As a result, news organizations have been discussing how they can better cover elections going forward. NPR's Sarah McCammon covered the Donald Trump campaign, and spoke with Brian Moline about lessons reporters can learn from the campaign.


"At least a dozen cars and several dozen agents were visible along Adams Street during the late morning and early afternoon hours." -WCBU
Cass Herrington/WCBU
March 02, 2017

Caterpillar Raid; ‘Grand Bargain’ Update; Flowers & Cold Weather; La Vida Baseball

On the 21st: Law enforcement officials raided Caterpillar headquarters this morning. We talked about that and discussed the collapse of the 'grand bargain' and what's on the horizon for Illinois lawmakers. Plus, we got tips on how to protect your early-emerging plants from the upcoming freezing temperatures and learned about a new digital magazine about the history of Latinos in baseball.


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