police dispatcher
Dave Collins/AP
March 30, 2017

Police Dispatchers & Mental Health Awareness; Carbondale Eclipse; Jeremy McLellan Comedy

On The 21st: We learned how dispatchers in Illinois are being trained to respond to mental health crises. Plus, how is the city of Carbondale preparing to host tens of thousands for this summer’s eclipse? We also spoke with the founder of Caring Black Men of Decatur, and talked with a South Carolina comedian who does not shy away from hot-button issues.


Norman Lear
Andy Kropa /Invision/AP
March 17, 2017

Television Icon Lear, Actress Huppert, To Attend 19th Ebertfest

Producer Norman Lear, who rose to prominence with programs like "All in The Family", and "The Jeffersons" has been announced as a guest at the 19th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, scheduled for April 19-23 at Champaign's Virginia Theatre, accompanying the 2016 documentary "Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You." Also announced Friday as a guest is actress Isabelle Huppert, accompaying the 2016 thriller "Elle" for which she received an Oscar nomination.


House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, standing with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., right, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left, speaks during a news conference on the American Health Care Act on Capit
Susan Walsh/AP
March 11, 2017

Congressional Healthcare Bill Response Tracker

The Republican health care bill under consideration in the House of Representatives would change health coverage for a lot of people. It would no longer require that Americans buy health insurance, for instance, and it would eliminate current subsidies, replacing them with a fixed refundable tax credit.


Adeiaide Aime (L), the new executive director of RACES, talks about her plans for the agency, along with RACES Board President Laura Shackelford.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
January 06, 2017

RACES Introduces New Executive Director, Vows To Rebuild

RACES, the Urbana-based agency offering help for rape victims in Champaign, Douglas, Ford and Piatt counties, has a new executive director, who vows to restore the services it was forced to cut due to the state budget impasse.


Community Elements CEO Shelia Ferguson discusses her agency's merger with Rockford-based Rosecrance.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 29, 2016

Rosecrance Prepares For More State Funding Cuts

Rosecrance executive director Sheila Ferguson remains hopeful that the agency can partner with other local agencies to weather any further state cuts in 2017.


image of a memorial
The Forgotten Warrior Memorial
November 11, 2016

Paying Tribute To Vets Who Succumbed To PTSD

A lot of military memorials honor service abroad.  But one being planned in Illinois will recognize those whose battle continued when they came home. 

The Forgotten Warrior Memorial could be in place next year in Channahon State Park in Will County.   It will pay tribute to military men and women who lost their lives to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 


A fiew of Brookhill Golf Course, north of Rantoul.
Rantoul Park District
November 05, 2016

Rantoul Voters To Decide Whether To Dissolve Park District

The Rantoul Park District has struggled to keep its money-losing Brookhill Golf Course going in recent years. Now, a referendum on the November 8th ballot in Rantoul proposes to solve the problem by dissolving the park district.


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