An SIU spokesperson expressed surprise at the use of the term "militarized", but said its #23 ranking shows that the university offers "relevant degrees" for people in the military community. The University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus ranked #83 in the same report.
The Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul closes its doors Saturday, two months earlier than originally planned. The original decision was made last spring for financial reasons, but Curator Mark Hanson says the closure date was moved up since many exhibits are already being moved.
While a handful of sites grow Illinois' first medical marijuana, those suffering from a number of conditions are waiting for the first dispensaries to open. There's also an effort underway to expand the pilot program that expires in just over two years.
Anastacia Marx de Salcedo talks about her new book Combat Ready Kitchen. The book looks at how military research has made its way into the commercial food industry and nearly everything you find in the grocery store.
The 22 families who lived on Hero Street in Silvis, Ill. sent 57 of their children to fight in World War II. Some combination of those 22 fought in every theater, in every major battle, and through them, author Carlos Harrison shares a vivid portrait of the war. We dive into some of the stories and realities he uncovered, as well as talk with some of those from Silvis and the surrounding area who went to fight and who were here during the war.